The Sunday Times Festival of Education returns to Crowthorne for the fifth consecutive year

Published: 20 May 2014 12:001 comment

AN event outlining the future of education will return to Crowthorne for the fifth successive year next month.

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Guest speakers at the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College, in Duke’s Ride, on June 20 and 21, will include Education Secretary Michael Gove and Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted.

About 200 speakers, also including comic-turned-mental health expert Ruby Wax, Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo, and comedian David Baddiel, will appear at the festival.

Ian Picken, director of Summerhouse Education, which helps organise the festival, said: “This year we’re putting on lots of events of particular interest to parents, who – let’s face it – are sometimes overlooked when education is being discussed.

“With so much change in the education system, with new types of schools like academies and free schools, there’s a huge appetite for information and insight.

“An opportunity like this on parents’ doorstep to hear from the people at the heart of the education debate can feed into the decisions mums and dads make about their children’s future.

“We’ve got TV stars, education ministers, writers and heaven knows who else in one glorious mix. There’s no chance of them all agreeing with each other, so there will be debate, even rows, but everyone there will share a passion for schools and education and the future of young people.”

There will be a host of fun activities to entertain

visitors of all ages in-cluding science shows and cookery demonstrations for students on making nutritious meals on the cheap.

Guests can also pit themselves against Usain Bolt’s time in the festival running tunnel, and anyone who wants to stay overnight can go ‘glamping’ in glamorous bedouin-style tents.

For the first time, the festival will also include events and speakers on vocational education and apprenticeships.

- Day tickets for adults are £54 and start at £10 for students. See www.festivalofeducation.com/tickets

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