Festival of Education

Wellington's Festival of Education, or EdFest as it is affectionately known, is the UK's largest and leading professional development event in the UK for teachers and those with any interest in the world of education.

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It is with a heavy heart that we have made the following decision regarding the 11th Festival of Education, due to be held on 18-19 June 2020 at Wellington College.

Due to the current uncertainty around Covid-19, we have decided to cancel this year’s Festival of Education.  The next and 11th Festival of Education will now take place on 24-25 June 2021 at Wellington College.

Wellington College and Lsect are devastated by this decision, but it is the only viable option given the significant disruption and uncertainty caused by the current pandemic, Covid-19.

The Festival of Education is a year-long project and the next three months are crucial in terms of logistics, speaker management, sponsorship bookings and ticket sales. Given the current situation, we do not feel that we could stage the Festival of Education in the form our attendees and partners expect.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in this year’s event, with record ticket sales and what was set to be an epic line-up! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have worked with us in recent months. Your efforts have not been wasted, and we look forward to working with you over the coming year on next year’s Festival.

All tickets and exhibition stands purchased for this year’s Festival will be automatically transferred to the 2021 event. Refund requests will, of course, be accepted, further information regarding tickets and sponsorship bookings is available on our website.

On behalf of the Wellington College and Festival of Education Community, we apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

Best wishes

James Dahl, Iain Henderson, Shane Mann

For more information please visit http://educationfest.co.uk/

Every June, the grounds of Wellington College are flooded with a sea of white marquees as the Festival of Education, the biggest professional development event in the UK for teachers and school leaders, comes to Crowthorne. Founded in 2010, EdFest brings together some of the most pioneering voices in the world of education for two days of inspiration, intellectual challenge and fierce debate. It is arguably the leading forum in thought leadership within the educational world.

Around 3,500 delegates and nearly 300 speakers visit the College annually and recent highlights have included: Matthew Syed, A.C. Grayling, Germaine Greer, Sebastian Faulks, Rory Bremner, Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Ken Robinson, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, Carol Ann Duffy, Sir David Starkey, David Blunkett, Kenneth Baker, Michael Gove and Andrew Motion.

Festival of Education

Sponsored by the Daily Telegraph in association with Microsoft, the Festival of Education also benefits from having BBC Learning and Pearson amongst its partners. It really is an event not to be missed!

“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 Festival of Education, and it was simply amazing.” Assistant Head, Loreto College, St Albans

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

“It is probably the most cost effective CPD I have done in years.” Principal, Shireland Collegiate Academy


For more information about booking onto this event, please visit http://educationfest.co.uk/.