Katie Price and Michael Gove to headline Crowthorne education festival
Published: 14 Jun 2013 17:000 comments
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, will speak about his controversial plans to scrap GCSEs in favour of new exams at the event - to be held at Wellington College, Crowthorne, on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22.
Louise Hunter, publicity officer for the event, said: "With the whole education landscape about to shift, including the potential demise of coursework, Mr Gove will be making the keynote speech at this event, after which he will field questions from a group of students who will undoubtedly be keen to hear how these changes will affect their education."
Ms Price, meanwhile, will speak about her experiences raising a child with severe disabilities.
Visitors to the festival will also hear from other high-profile speakers with a passion for learning, including:
l Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
l Yachtswoman Dame
l Journalist Toby Young
l John Lloyd, producer of QI and Blackadder
l Johnny Ball, the former children's TV presenter
l Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted
l Will Kennard of electronic music duo Chase and Status - talking music.
An exciting array of educational workshops and activities will also be on offer to teachers, parents and students alike.
There will be the opportunity to take part in a silent flash mob, special effects and animation studio sessions, an underwater science lesson and a comedy workshop for youngsters entitled 'Comedy For Kids'.
One of the main sponsors of the event is Facebook, which is set to host a tutorial on privacy.
Meanwhile, Paul Rankin will host the Sodexo stage where he will invite speakers to take part in his famous 'Omelette Challenge'. This stage will also host local schools taking part in a Masterchef-style competition.
Tickets are £45 for a single day, £65 for both days. Family tickets are £70/£140 and it is £15/£30 for students.
Children under the age of 16 go free. There is no limit to the number of children accompanying an adult that can go free, so teachers can bring classes.
People interested in visiting the festival can find out more at www.festivalofeducation.org.uk or via 01483 423008 or 424284.