The UK’s leading education policy event returns to the NEC this November – here’s what visitors have to look forward to…
The Schools & Academies Show Birmingham will return to the NEC, Birmingham this November, uniting school leaders across the country and providing them with leading content, sector updates and practical resources to take back to their organisation.
Attendees will gain access to 30+ hours of CPD accredited content, spanning across 10 dedicated theatres, including the co-located EdTech Summit. As a staple in the education calendar for over 12 years, this is a fantastic opportunity to connect with headteachers, school governors, MAT CEOs and other key education decision makers.
The show will bring together the sector’s most decorated and influential speakers to share their knowledge, expertise and best practice guidance to help schools, academies and MATs overcome their current challenges. Confirmed speakers include:
● Baroness Barran MBE, Minister for the School System, Department for Education
● Melanie Renowden, Chief Executive Officer, The National Institute of Teaching
● Ian Bauckham CBE, Chair, Ofqual
● David Withey, Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency
● Christopher Russell HMI, National Director for Education, Ofsted
● Emma Knights, CEO, National Governance Association
● The Rt Hon. Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards (2010-2012)
● The Rt Hon. Baroness Morris of Yardley, Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2001- 2002)
● Leora Cruddas CBE, Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts
● Paul Gosling, President, National Association of Headteachers (NAHT)
● Sir Andrew Carter K.B.E, CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust
● Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Fund
Each speaker, dedicated to their respected craft across the education sector, will lead in either a keynote session, live debate or discussion, or tailored workshop, across 10 themed seminar theatres. Our goal is to ensure our visitors feel empowered, inspired and ready to implement key techniques, guidance and resources at the forefront of their institution to drive significant improvements.
As we return to Birmingham, we also have some exciting new additions to the show floor. Following the publication of the Schools White Paper in March 2022, with a target of full academisation by 2030, we’ve put together the ‘2030 Trail’. Sessions on the trail will have a specific focus on the key aspects of the 2030 agenda for all key stakeholders and will include must-attend sessions for anyone involved in the school’s conversion process.
Alongside this, the Schools & Academies Show Birmingham will be host to our first ever Educator’s Networking Hour, where attendees will be able to share their experiences, develop partnerships and raise the knowledge base of the sector. And that’s not all, attendees will have access to additional networking features across the show floor – this includes the Government Education Village, which will provide a unique opportunity to meet with senior representatives from the Department for Education.
We are also thrilled to bring back the highly interactive ConnectEd Lounge to the show floor, hosting 1-2-1 meetings and the CPL Village, featuring a range of leading education suppliers who will offer practical advice and techniques to help schools save money.
Registration for the Schools & Academies Show & EdTech Summit is completely free for those working in schools, multi-academy trusts, charities, and local and central government. Register your place today and be the first to receive the latest insights, initiatives and guidance on the changes shaping the ever-evolving education sector.