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The Festival of Education: bursting with CPD

On 23 - 24 June The Telegraph Festival of Education will play host to over 250 speakers at Wellington College, Berkshire

Posted by Hannah Oakman | April 13, 2016 | Events

This year sees the festival enter its seventh year and with even more of an emphasis on CPD, this year’s festival promises to be so vital, so enjoyable and bursting with new thoughts and ideas. CPD is a requirement for all teaching professionals, with schools and colleges obligated to provide up to 30 CPD hours per member of staff, per year so collect CPD hours at this year’s Festival. The very best of education’s most forward-thinking advocates, practitioners of change, policy makers and educators will come together to speak and debate some of the hottest issues in education today.

The Telegraph Festival of Education will provide festival-goers with influential and inspirational speakers, workshops, CPD activities, unrivalled networking opportunities and, most importantly, fun! The content will be separated into zones such as: policy and inspiration, primary, secondary, governance, leadership, business admin and finance and a dedicated Student Zone. Themes will include, curriculum, inspection, policy, sport, research, partnerships, technology, creativity, the arts and more.

Put simply The Telegraph Festival of Education is for anybody with an interest in education – the breadth of content is designed to suit all levels of interests and expertise. 

With the Student Zone, the Festival is now able to welcome and inspire whole classes and their teachers. Last year the Festival attracted over 5,000 people including leadership teams, teachers, governors, students, parents, education suppliers and others.

Who can you expect to hear from?

Having cemented itself as the UK’s premier forum for thought leadership, innovation and development, The Telegraph Festival of Education continues to attract the very best of education’s most forward-thinking practitioners of change. Speakers this year include The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, AC Grayling, Sir Clive Woodward, Terry Waite, Germaine Greer, Sir Richard Lambert, Chair of the Fair Education Alliance, David Weston, David Didau, Ty Goddard and Solomon O.B., spoken word artist and musician.

For Students

Bring your students (if they are over the age of 11) as this year’s Student Zone promises to be inspiring and empowering. In 2015 students enjoyed listening to the rap artist and Ivor Novello award winner, Tinie Tempah as well as Jon Briggs (the voice of Siri and The Weakest Link) together with sessions on managing your finance, bullying, mental health, choosing the right university and advice on taking a gap year. Students are, of course, welcome to listen to all festival speakers and we anticipate huge interest in Sir Clive Woodward and Germaine Greer.


More and more schools are bringing large groups of staff (and not just teaching staff) and students to the festival. Early bird tickets are still available and you can buy tickets online by going to and if you would like to bring a group of five or more, please contact as soon as possible.

On the Thursday evening there will be a social with music by the White Keys, a soul funk group who appear regularly on Later... with Jools Holland. They’ve worked with Amy Winehouse, Ella Henderson, Leona Lewis and Mark Ronson. 

This is a great way to continue networking with friends and peers while enjoying a barbeque and music set against the beautiful backdrop of Wellington College.

So come to the festival and be inspired, have fun and celebrate all that is great about education!

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