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Sunday Times/Wellington College Festival of Education

The Sunday Times / Wellington College Festival of Education – the only festival of its kind – returns this year, and is an unmissable addition to the events calendar for anyone who cares about the future of education in the UK, offering a weekend packed with discussions, debate and workshops within the historic surroundings of Wellington College in Berkshire.


25-26 June 2011

Education is constantly in the headlines – with GCSE and A-Level season upon us; the increasing growth in academies; imminent introduction of the English Bacc; literacy and numeracy standards of the UK’s school-leavers under the microscope; technological advancements in the classroom; and, of course, the majority of universities opting to raise tuition fees to £9,000.

The Sunday Times / Wellington College Festival of Education – the only festival of its kind – returns this year, and is an unmissable addition to the events calendar for anyone who cares about the future of education in the UK, offering a weekend packed with discussions, debate and workshops within the historic surroundings of Wellington College in Berkshire.

Highlights include:

Saturday 25 June 2011
Former CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy, on education and business

A discussion, chaired by Wired editor David Rowan, addressing how the internet is re-defining our (and our children’s) behaviour

The headteacher of Jamie Oliver’s Dream School, John d’Abbro, talking about the changing face of education

Keynote by Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP

Sunday 26 June 2011
Sir Bob Geldof talking about groundbreaking technological innovations

Philosopher and leading humanist AC Grayling debating faith schools with leading figures from different faith backgrounds

Angela Saini, author of ‘Geek Nation’, discussing how India promises to be a leading scientific superpower in the not too distant future

Toby Young discussing free schools with teacher and author Francis Gilbert

Other high-profile speakers include Professor Lord Robert Winston, David Starkey, Martin Rees, Jane Asher, Tanya Byron, Jude Kelly, Niall Ferguson and Joel Klein.

There will be food stalls and picnic places, and arts and culture provided by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Sage Gateshead alongside a piece of installation art from the Tate Modern.

Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College and founder of the Festival of Education, said: "We have a great tradition in the UK of arts festivals, book festivals, music festivals and science festivals. Why should the vital subject of education – the cornerstone of our success, wealth and, arguably, happiness as a nation – have been confined for so long to self-selecting professionals behind closed doors?

“Education is the most important thing that involves our children and is probably the most discussed topic around breakfast, lunch and dinner tables all over the country. I founded the Festival of Education because I wanted to create something new, inclusive, celebratory and unique, an event for anyone who cares about how our children are educated in our schools and universities.

“It is very much a festival and not a conference – from the range of talks and debates taking place simultanously to wonderful food and drink in the grounds and art installations on display. It is a festival for the mind.”

For the full programme of the weekend’s events, details of other speakers and to book tickets, visit www.festivalofeducation.org.uk


Speaker(s):

Lord Robert Winstone | talks | www
Bob Geldof | talks | www
Jane Asher | talks | www
Lord Martin Rees | talks | www
Professor AC Grayling | talks | www
Professor Tanya Byron | talks | www
Dr David Starkey | talks | www
Mr David Rowan | talks | www
Michael Gove | talks | www
Toby Young | talks | www
Professor Niall Ferguson | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

25 June 2011 at 10:00 am

Duration:

Full Day

 

Venue:

Wellington College
Crowthorne
Berkshire
RG45 7PU
01344 444 000
http://www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk
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Organised by:

Colman Getty
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Tickets:

Tickets cost £30 a day or £50 for both days.

Available from:

Tickets cost £30 a day or £50 for both days. Student tickets are available and cost £15 a day.
Book via the festival website, www.festivalofeducation.org.uk, or by calling 01344 444257.

Additional Information:

Tickets cost £30 a day or £50 for both days. Student tickets are available and cost £15 a day.

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