The Telegraph Festival of Education, held at Wellington College on 23-24 June, was once again the place to be for all those engaging with the latest news and views on Education. Opened by Wellington’s Master, Julian Thomas, he promised dynamic discussion, thought-provoking ideas and controversial views, but most importantly a celebration of education. This, it certainly proved to be. The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, was busy with the EU Referendum and unable to attend, so Rory Bremner, political comedian, stepped in brilliantly to speak through the voices of a whole range of other MPs! He also spoke about his first-hand experience with ADHD, poignantly urging educators to see life with ADHD from a child’s perspective.
The days were packed with speeches, debates, activities and entertainment with almost 300 guest speakers. LSC enjoyed attending fascinating talks by a number of presenters, including Terry Waite CBE on his survival in solitude as a hostage, Germaine Greer on the promotion of equality, Will Young encouraging young people to express themselves and talk about their feelings, Jarlath O’Brien, Head of a Special School, on young people’s entitlement to inclusion; and a keynote from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted.
Our thanks to Wellington College for welcoming us and encouraging such a broad range of people to come together with the aim of improving quality, standards and awareness in education, both in the UK and internationally.