The Festival of Education in the UK was founded in 2010, and has since grown into one of the most important events on the whole education calendar. EdFest, as it is known, has since developed into a global series of thought-leading events, with Festivals in China, Washington DC and Bangkok. We plan to bring the Festival to a series of other key locations around the world, bringing the global education community together to lead in pioneering education for future generations.
EdFest UK takes place over 2 days in July each year, when Wellington welcomes several thousand attendees, almost all of whom are active teachers and leaders in schools. Typically, just over 80% of these are from UK state schools. Others come from all over the UK and the world, just to converge on Wellington, to see and hear the extraordinarily rich variety of keynotes, talks, panels, interviews and debates, covering everything that is important and current in education. The 14th Festival of Education will take place at Wellington College on 4th and 5th July 2024. Our international Festivals follow a similar format suited to their locations and education communities.
The Festival is just that – a festival and not a conference. Bob Geldof described it as “Glastonbury for educators”. There is a light and fun feel to the event: live music, street food, ice cream and deckchairs. Content is partly curated by the Festival team, to bring in some of the best-known and most influential voices in education, and we welcome about half of our content from the speaker application process.
2023 was mind blowing
The 12th Festival of Education took place on the 6-7 July at Wellington College. Across two days, thousands of educators selected from over 300 sessions delivered by over 400 speakers.
"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