Festival of Education Starts Today

This year’s online Festival of Education will kick off today with an opening keynote speech from the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson. View the full schedule below.

Thanks to the support of our partners, we’re delighted to be able to provide free access to all of this year’s content.

From daily Keynote sessions to our Friday Fest days – we’ve got something for everyone across the education sector at this year’s Festival.

Please do share information about the Festival with your colleagues. They can pick and choose which keynotes and sessions they wish to join. Free registration for all sessions is now available via the Festival website.

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Keynotes Schedule


  • 12:30-13:30 | Understanding marginalised young people’s lives
  • 15:00-15:45 | Secretary of State Keynote Address – Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP
  • 16:00-17:15 | Include Yourself – Deborah Frances-White
  • 17:30-18:30 | Education policy by soundbites – is there a better way? – Natalie Perera, Jon Yates, Debi Bailey, Frank Norris MBE, Cath Murrary


  • 12:30-13:30 | How can schools support early and preventative interventions for young people? – Will Millard, Catherine Roche, Claire Heald, Cristina Odone, Vanessa Joshua
  • 13:45-14:45 | Preparing for 2041: the future of life, work and education
  • 15:00-16:00 | Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging | In education and society – Penny Rabiger, Bishop Rose, Dr Angela Herbert and Anthony Peltier
  • 16:15-17:15 | Great Professional Learning. One System: Three Streams – Tom Sherrington
  • 17:30-18:30 | Using Research to Connect MBE and DEI & Belonging in Our Schools – Lorraine Martinez Hanley & Dr. Ian Kelleher


  • 09:00-15:30 |Friday Fest – over 65 sessions, across five periods. Register here.
  • 16:00-17:00 | The Headteacher’s Handbook, Everything you wanted to know about your first Primary headship but didn’t know who to ask! – Rachel Snape & Dr Kulvarn Atwal


  • 12:30-13:30 | The Bias Within – Creating a culture where diversity can thrive in the classroom – Yusuf Ibrahim
  • 14:00-15:00 | 130 million lessons later. Matt Hood on setting up Oak and what we’ve learnt about remote learning with Chris Cook. – Matt Hood & Chris Cook
  • 14:30-15:30 | Fearless women – how sport and PE can change the lives of young women and girls – Sue Antiss & Ali Oliver
  • 16:00-17:15 | When can you trust meta-analyses? – Dylan Willam
  • 17:30-18:30 | Why British education needs a reboot: The Times Education Commission, and how you can become involved.” – Sir Anthony Seldon


  • 14:30-15:30 | Employability and skills: time for a vocational revolution in schools?
  • 16:00-17:15 | Helping Students Learn to Overcome Distraction – Daniel Willingham
  • 1730-18:30 | How experienced career-changers into teaching can benefit our schools – Lucy Kellaway, Ian Hunter, Anne Marie Lawlor, Khasruz Zaman, Peter Jerrom


  • 14:30-15:30 | Online learning: lessons and opportunities
  • 16:00-17:15 | The truth about children’s wellbeing – Sir Kevan Collins & Beth Kerr
  • 17:30-18:30 | Should schools and colleges prioritise wellbeing for its own sake, or because it improves educational outcomes? – Dame Rachel De Souza, Helena Brothwell, Hussein Hussein, Peter Mayhew-Smith, Cath Murray


  • 12:30-13:30 | Tackling racial injustice in education and beyond – Russell Hobby (chair), Claire Madzura, Saadia Abubaker and Adam Ramgoolie.
  • 14:30-15:30 | The cost of the gender gap post-COVID if we don’t act now
  • 16:00-17:15 | Keynote speech from the Chief Inspector, Ofsted – HMCI Amanda Spielman
  • 17:30-18:30 | #WomenEd Disruptors, Innovators and Change-makers
    Panel: Vivienne Porritt, Keziah Featherstone, Liz Free, Jules Daulby, Parm Plummer (All Global Strategic Leaders for #WomenEd) and Christalla Jamil and Claire Price (National Leaders of @WomenEdEngland.)


  • 09:00-15:30 |Friday Fest – over 65 sessions, across five periods. Register here.
  • 15:30-16:30 – Global Majority Headteachers – our journeys into Headship – Carol Shepherd, Zehra Jaffer, Markieu Hayden, Josephine Okokon


  • 11:00-11:45 |Keynote from the Shadow Education Secretary – Kate Green MP
  • 12:30-13:30 | What can we do about child poverty? – Baz Ramaiah, Naheeda Maharasingam, Sammy Wright Zoe McIntyre, Mei Lim
  • 14:00-14:45  | Zooming to the Future? – Will Self
  • 15:00-15:45 | Success secrets: does being a teacher have to be this hard? – Amanda Dewinter and Andria Zafirakou
  • 16:00-17:00 | Rebooting Pedagogy: What’s Stopping Us? – Guy Claxton
  • 17:30-18:30 | An Unusual Year: What We Learned From 8,000 Teachers About Pandemic Life – Laura McInerney


  • 12:30-13:30 | Can schools do everything? – Loic Menzies, Ndidi Okezie, Professor Sam Twiselton OBE, Anna Trethewey, Josh Macalister
  • 13:30-14:30 | BBC Bitesize Daily – Reflecting on Lockdown Learning and Looking to the Future Michelle Ackerley, Katie Thistleton, Mrs Vee, Cerys Griffiths
  • 14:30-15:30 |The Future of Assessment  Speakers
  • 16:00-17:00 | Teach yourself ADHD with Rory Bremner and Tony Lloyd of the ADHD Foundation – Rory Bremener  & Dr Tony Llloyd
  • 17:15-18:15 | The 7 painful truths hiding in plain sight about inclusion and the most simple of solutions – Daniel Sobel


  • 12:30-13:30 |Johnny Ball’s “Wonders Beyond Numbers” – Johnny Ball
  • 14:30-15:30 | Understanding Self Harm -Suzie Godson
  • 16:00-17:15 | The 10 Deadly Sins of Education: myths and misconceptions about learning’ – Paul Kirchner & Carl Hendrick
  • 17:30-18:30 | How different could schools be in the future? – Alex Beard, Emma Sheppard, Hamid Patel, Ed Vainker

Further keynote sessions to be announced. View the full schedule here.

Friday Fests

Taking place on the 18th & 25th June; Friday Fests will feature over 130 high-quality CPD sessions, seminars and debates for educationalists around the globe. They will take place between 09:00-16:00 and feature five periods each day, each lasting 50 minutes.
We’ve now announced the majority of content for this year’s Friday Fests. For more information and to register, please click here.

To find out about this year’s Festival Partnership option please click here.

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