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John Catt Educational at the Festival of Education June 26, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences.

I was delighted to be able to attend the third Festival of Education at the weekend. It was another inspiring two days in the stunning surrounds of Wellington College and fully lived up to its billing as “Glastonbury for intellectuals”.

Head of Ofsted Michael Wilshaw and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy were among the 200 speakers. Education Secretary Michael Gove had been due to speak but pulled out the day before he was due to speak – much to the frustration of the delegates, who had hoped to grill him on his announcements that GCSEs are to be scrapped.

About 1,500 people are thought to have attended the event on Saturday and Sunday, and heard discussions on topics including creative thinking, learning in the 21st century, the rise of China, post-18 education and safeguarding pupils. In addition, there were a number of positive sessions on the growth of academy and free schools in the UK, which gave me plenty of opportunity to get our excellent Academy magazine into some influential hands.

Meanwhile, it was wonderful to see the session by Malcolm Tozer, editor of our new release Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, on Sunday morning. Look out for more news from Malcolm about the book on this blog in the near future.



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