The Education Show 2015

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The Education Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham from March 19 to 21 with a range of CPD, workshops and exhibitors on offer. We look at some of the highlights

From innovative teaching resources and practices to networking opportunities with like-minded teachers and a range of CPD seminars and workshops, the Education has a range of attractions on offer this year.

What's new?

The "Learning through Technology" zone is brand new for 2015 and provides a dedicated space for visitors with a specific interest in technology. The new feature will be home to a number of suppliers showcasing technology-focused products and services.

For schools looking to invest in tablets, the Education Show has teamed up with The Tablet Academy to provide the Tablet Advice Hub, a place to go for free and impartial advice on the best solutions for schools. The guidance will be given by a team of teachers with experience of embedding mobile devices in the classroom. Whether a school is looking to go down the 1:1 route, or is considering a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme, the Tablet Academy is inviting visitors to trial a range of devices in an educational context.

Free CPD

In true Education Show fashion, this year promises a busy programme of free CPD-accredited sessions hosted by a range of teachers and other educational experts.

The central feature for 2015 focuses on teaching innovatively to improve literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects, and addressing the changes to assessment facing both primary and secondary institutions.
The first day, Thursday, March 19, will begin with an update from the Department for Education (DfE), which will include information about the on-going changes to curriculum, assessment and qualifications. This will take place at 9:45am in the Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment Theatre.

To access the full programme of speakers and CPD sessions, visit the Education Show website.

The exhibition

There will once again be hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their latest innovations at the show. A full list is available on the official website and the following are just some examples.

Teaching and support staff are invited to learn about the education programme available at Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter – by visiting the attraction's stand at the Education Show. Visitors to the stand will get the chance to take part in a photo opportunity as well as discover more about the studio tour's series of 12 free lessons. Qualified teachers will deliver lessons based on the national curriculum for key stages 2 to 5 covering aspects of the film production process including set design, costume characterisation and script-writing (Stand N59).

Ticketmaster Education brings together a variety of materials such as downloadable curriculum resources and education packs that explore the themes of some of Ticketmaster's best-loved events, which can then be used in the classroom. Also on this stand is Disney On Ice, who bring their Magical Ice Festival to the UK next year (Stand E56).

If you are looking for something a bit different, the Royal Horticultural Society will be promoting its Campaign for School Gardening, which inspires and supports schools in providing children with gardening opportunities to enhance their understanding of the environment. It shows them where their food comes from, encourages them to develop skills that are applicable to everyday situations, helping them to be happy and healthy (Stand K31).

Leading Education provides training expertise to schools. The company's training kits build ready-to-use skills and strategies to equip leaders, teachers and teaching assistants across all key stages (Stand LL44).
Jigsaw School Apps has developed a school app to engage with parents via their SmartPhones, which means that no matter where they are, parents can receive the school's news and other important information (Stand F87).

To help exhibitors plan their route around the show, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) will be on-hand at the BESA Show Information Point.

Headteacher Update at the Education Show

Headteacher Update will once again be at the Education Show, alongside our sister secondary publication SecEd. You can visit our stand to chat to the editorial team, pick up copies of all our latest editions, including our free supplements and guides, and find out more about our plans for the year ahead. You can find us on Stand L21.

Some final tips for the Education Show

  • Register in advance on the Education Show website. This is free, easy and gives you fast-track entry.
  • Research relevant exhibitors and CPD sessions in advance.
  • Make the most of the BESA Information Point – it is there to help you get the most from your visit. They can point you in the direction of the suppliers addressing your areas of interest
  • Take advantage of the networking opportunities that the show provides – share ideas and source advice from peers.
  • Make sure you take time to reflect on what you have seen post-show so you can implement the ideas and guidance gathered back in the classroom.
  • Wear comfortable shoes!

Further information

The Education Show 2015 takes place from March 19 to 21 at the NEC, Birmingham. You can register for your free ticket now by visiting You can also follow on Twitter @EducationShow.

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