Education Show to help leaders get more bang for their buck

The Education Show, taking place at the ExCeL London from 24–25 January alongside sister show Bett, will look at making the most of institutional budgets

The Education Show brings together purchase decision-makers from across the education sector, offering more than 40 sessions of CPD seminars and talks focusing on making schools a success. The event provides need-to-know insights on policy, school management best practice, and resources to maximise learning and achievement.

Schools are feeling the squeeze, so making the most of institutional budgets sits at the heart of the show this year. Managers and leaders are having to think harder and harder about what to prioritise in the face of limited funding, how to source additional revenue streams and how to adapt to policy changes. Not to mention the demands of growing class sizes, pressures around recruitment and retention of teachers and league tables.

The show will bring together the leaders and suppliers in education in the form of a one-stop shop for information and equipment to ensure the greatest return for school budgets. Highlights include a physicist who brings pupils to CERN and NASA for work experience; a headteacher who turned around the school with the largest debt in history; and the union leaders working to build a better future for teachers and students.

Schools are feeling the squeeze, so making the most of institutional budgets sits at the heart of the show this year

Pedagogy, policy and school business

This year, the show’s agenda will be divided into three discrete themes.

Pedagogy in Practice will explore some of the latest developments in teaching, with an emphasis on how to develop whole-school approaches to syllabi and curricula. This area will provide insight into evidence-based methods and how they can be applied across the school. Speakers include Ian Taylor, National Lead of the Curriculum at AET, as well as Kirsty Tonks, Principal and Regional Leader of #WomenEd, talking about shaping a modern, well-rounded curriculum with maximum impact.

Policy in Practice will delve into the evolution of education policy in the UK. Attendees will get a change to understand and contextualise what policy changes mean, and how they can be applied on the ground every day. Among the key topics this year will be funding, safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing (both of teachers and learners), social mobility and teacher recruitment. Lord Jim Knight will tackle the question of a much-needed paradigm shift in education to benefit as many learners as possible. Leading education journalist at The Guardian Laura McIneray will also discuss education trends in 2019 and into the future.

School Business offers a chance to hear some of the success stories from leaders and managers who have improved the efficiency and profitability of their institutions. Budgeting and management decisions are never easy, so a culture of best practice will facilitate important discussions around every aspect of running a school – from finance and procurement to facilities management and governance. Jane Nolan, TES Headteacher of the Year, will discuss how she turned around a significantly under-performing school in just three years, through a people-centred approach to change management.

Everything you need under one roof

With The Education Show sharing ExCeL London with Bett, visitors will be able to visit an array of suppliers – for both edtech and non-edtech equipment and innovation.

Bett Global Portfolio Director Rachel Brodie said: “We have taken the bold move of moving The Education Show to alongside Bett, appearing in London this January rather than Birmingham later in the year. With ever more pressure on budgets and time, the move is designed to serve leaders and educators, saving them time on research and giving confidence in their buying with the most comprehensive range of education products available in one place.”

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