We have been asked to share the following information with you regarding the Festival of Education on 14th and 15th June 2019 at Sheffield Hallam University:

Dear Colleague

This is to update you on our major Festival of Education at Sheffield Hallam city campus on the 14th and 15th of June this summer.  We are particularly keen to involve colleagues from the SCITT community given the key contributions that you make to the national education system. We’ll be looking at key issues and questions of particular interest to yourselves including how do we ensure that our schools are great places to work and how do we meet staff recruitment and retention challenges.

Our diverse range of local and national contributors will be leading a variety of sessions celebrating and sharing the creative ways in which these challenges are already being met and what we can do to achieve even more in our region and beyond. With headline speakers on Friday including: Sir Tim Brighouse; Baroness Estelle Morris; Rt Hon. David Laws; Dominic Herrington, the National School Commissioner; Chair of the NGA, Emma Knights; and Tom Banham, Chair of the SY Teaching School network ; and on Saturday Dame Alison Peacock, David Weston, Sam Twiselton  and Vivienne Porritt.

We’ll also have other colleagues from the Chartered College of Teaching, the Teacher Development Trust, WomenEd, LGBTeD and BAMEed amongst many partners working with us.

Over both days all our festivalgoers will also be discussing a wide range of other specific challenges including: How is the school-led system changing and to what effect? How do we ensure that our schools are great places to learn and to work? How are we meeting staff recruitment and retention challenges?  Are staff and student wellbeing being given the priority they deserve? How are we connecting schools and the worlds of work, Further and Higher Education? How do we maximise the positive use of ed-tech to prepare young people for wider opportunities? How do we ensure Performance, Art and Culture can survive and thrive in education?

We would very much welcome your participation in this first major Education Festival based in our region and you can find out more at the Festival website at HallamEdFest.org.uk including details of our Early Bird tickets for Friday (£65), Saturday (£35) and two-days (£80) – which is fully transferable if two different colleagues want to attend over the two days.


Sean Cavan BSc(Hons), MSc, MA
Head of Strategic Business  Engagement,
Sheffield Institute of Education,
Sheffield Hallam University

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