Project Description

The Festival of Education

The Sunday Times Festival of Education, now it its ninth year, brings together the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change and policy makers. This two day festival has become one of, if not the leading forum for thought leadership, CPD and debate in the Education sector.

The event hosts some three thousand attendees and two hundred and seventy-five speakers including government ministers and renowned names who in previous years have included Sir David Starkey, Michael Gove, the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Sir Bob Geldof and the music promoter Harvey Goldsmith. The line-up for 2015 includes: Tinie Tempah, Sebastian Faulks, Piers Morgan and Kenneth Baker. The event boasts an eclectic mix of themes year on year. For example, previous sessions have included Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali discussing faith in schools, Imogen Stubbs and Alexander Armstrong reading poetry and the racing driving Sir Jackie Stewart and AA Gill presenting on dyslexia.

The Festival has gained significant support from sponsors and partners including Google, Microsoft, Dell, the BBC, the RSC, O2 Learn, University of Birmingham, Facebook, Sodexo, Pearson and many others.

Louise Hunter in her capacity of Festival Director worked in partnership with Wellington College to produce what is considered to be the very best CPD education event in the UK. In the time Louise has been involved in the event, the festival has grown to 5,500 attendees with an average of 300 speakers over the two days. The fringe events taking place are testament to her creativity and understanding of making
education inspiring and fun not only for teachers but for students too.

I have rarely, if ever, felt so empowered to improve my own teaching and to help others improve theirs. I have just spent two days at the Sunday Times Festival of Education, and it was simply amazing

BH, Assistant Head | Loreto College, St Albans

   It’s probably the most cost effective CPD I’ve done in years.

Sir Mark Grundy, Principal | Shireland Collegiate Academy

  If you ever have the opportunity, I would urge you to attend the Sunday Times Festival of Education.

Neil Hopkins, Headteacher

  If you’re a teacher and you’ve never been to this two day event …what possible excuse could you have?

Hannah Tyreman