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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Organisers of the prestigious Festival of Education have announced that the event will take place online this year and will be free to view.

There had been some hope that the event could take place physically this year, but given the latest government guidelines, plans have had to be adapted.

The virtual Festival will take place online across two weeks, 16 – 30 June, and will feature internationally renowned speakers and educationalists.

This year the event will host daily keynote speakers and two CPD days, known as “Friday Fests”.

Friday Fests will host over 50 individual workshops on Friday 18 & 25 June. These sessions will follow a similar format to a traditional seminar or panel discussion and will cover a wide range of topics within education.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Festival Director Shane Mann said: “we’ve spent months arguing with ourselves about what would be possible this year. We were hoping to be able to return to Wellington College this summer.

“However, we are excited to be able to provide a Festival of Education online this June and that it will be free for all to watch and join in.

“It has been an unfathomably challenging year for the educators, not just in the UK but around the globe. We aim to provide a fun and inspiring Festival across two weeks for educationalists across the world. Very much in-keeping with our tagline – where those who inspire find their inspiration.

“Thanks to the support of Wellington College and partners, we’re able to offer this for free. A small gift to the education community.”

The Festival of Education was launched by Wellington College in 2010 and is now operated in partnership with Lsect, the publisher of the education newspapers Schools Week and FE Week.

In June 2019, the 10th Festival hosted over 5,000 teachers and 300 speakers across the two-day event.

Over the years, the Festival has hosted various leading thinkers and influencers, from Sir Ken Robinson to Carol Dweck, Akala to Piers Morgan and Rory Bremner to Matthew Syed.

It has also provided a platform for teachers to share their latest knowledge and best practice during thousands of festival workshops.

Festival organisers cancelled the 2020 event due to the pandemic. Organisers have confirmed that the event will return to Wellington College in June 2022.

Registration for the Friday Fest events is now open via the Festival website. Attendance for keynote speaker sessions will open when announced.

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/.