Having cemented itself as the UK’s premier forum for thought leadership, innovation and developments in the field of education, The Sunday Times Festival of Education continues to attract the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change and policy makers.
The Foundation was again delighted to sponsor the Sir John Cass Foundation Marquee at the 5th Festival of Education, which was held in the buildings and the beautiful grounds of Wellington College in Berkshire on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June 2014. The Foundation has been proud to support this important annual event from its inception in 2010, which has been described by David Willetts, former Minister for Universities and Science as “The Hay-on-Wye of Education”.
The Festival was opened by Sir Anthony Seldon, the Master of Wellington College and attracted approximately 3,500 visitors over two glorious sunny days and there was amazing line up of over 250 fascinating speakers including; the Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Education; Andrew Adonis; David Baddiel; Kenneth Baker; Johnny Ball; Christine Blower; Melvyn Bragg; Professor Les Ebdon and Professor Dylan Wiliam. There were also practical sessions and interactive workshops for parents to help their children through their education, understand their needs and prepare for the future.
Seven representatives from the Foundation attended the two day festival including, Dr Kevin Everett (Treasurer & Chairman) and Alderman Dr Ray Ellis (Deputy Chairman). The Foundation was delighted to have been given an opportunity to converse and exchange views with some of the most notable education decision makers and strategists in the country.
A key question that the Foundation believes needs addressing is how to raise educational standards for every child in our country. Education is clearly the path to personal and professional success and it is vital this topic is given the time by politicians, communities and indeed the nation.
The next Festival of Education at Wellington College is due to take place on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June 2015.
More information can be found at: www.festivalofeducation.com