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London Festival of Education
Time: 2012-11-16    BY Robert   From: Institute of Education,University of London   Clicks: 846
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London's first-ever festival of education will take place on Saturday 17 November at the Institute of Education (IOE) in Bloomsbury. The event will encompass world-leading academics, influential politicians, education practitioners, children and young people.

Top names among more than 70 speakers include Education Secretary Michael Gove, authors Michael Rosen and Anthony Horowitz, school improvement "guru" John Hattie, academies pioneer Lord Adonis and Kids' Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Aimed at anyone with an interest in education, LFE should appeal not only to practitioners and policy-makers but to parents and students. Organised by the IOE in conjunction with its lead partner, the Times Educational Supplement, LFE promises to be an exciting and fun day of activities and debate.

Professor Chris Husbands, director of the IOE, said: "The London Festival of Education is an exciting initiative. We want it to be stimulating, provocative, fascinating, and fun ? all the things which make London such a fantastic city in which to live and work. We've got a brilliant line up ? great speakers addressing big ideas. It'll be a day not to miss. We want the LFE to become a key fixture on the education calendar".

LFE has been developed as a lively, urban style event that will not look or feel like a conference.  The National Theatre and Whitechapel Gallery will represent the creative arts, providing entertainment and interactive workshops. There will be performances from people such as hip hop artist Mixy, poets Bridget Minamore, Mark Grist and Anthony McCann, and the Roundhouse's Hula-Hoop Troop.

Over 30 workshops encompassing debate and master classes will be on offer - taking a fresh look at ways of learning:  schooling, and higher education.

Some of these will ask controversial questions such as is it worth going to university, has education become like last food ? too speedy and samey, and are exams still relevant? Others will be more practical, focusing on teaching or managing behaviour. Fifty secondary students, fresh from an Education "HackDay" event at the IOE's London Knowledge Lab, will present their ideas for 21st century innovation using digital tools.

Among many sessions which promise to be exciting and thought provoking will be "How do we stop killing our love of reading?" delivered by children's novelist and poet Michael Rosen and novelist/screenwriter Anthony Horowitz , which aims to address how we should develop the next generation of readers.

Gerard Kelly, TES editor, said: "We are proud to be working with the Institute of Education and other partners on making this festival happen, and hope this year's first event is just the beginning. Few subjects get people talking more than education, so we know the London Festival of Education will be just the start of many conversations and debates."

Editor's Notes:
For more information on the London Festival of Education or to buy tickets go to:
http://londonfestivalofeducation.com/

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