The Education Show 2016

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Birmingham-bound? Teachers attend last year’s Education Show. The 2016 event will open its doors on March 17 (Jack Terry Photography)

The 26th annual Education Show takes place in Birmingham last this month. We preview the CPD, exhibition and other attractions that are on offer for teachers and school leaders at this free event

For educators looking to network with other like-minded professionals, discuss best practice teaching, access free CPD and check out a range of learning resources, the Education Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham from March 17 to 19. Now in its 26th year, the Education Show 2016 will feature a full programme of CPD and offer access to hundreds of educational providers.

The School Leaders Summit

For school leaders, the School Leaders Summit is a key part of the Education Show. The Summit is dedicated to individuals with a senior role in a school and aims to provide an environment where like-minded educators can learn, network and share ideas.

A combination of case studies, panel debates and networking opportunities will cover a wide range of topics, focusing on many of the obstacles facing school leaders today. These include life without assessment levels, using the Pupil Premium effectively to raise student attainment, and using technology to enhance learning, among others.

Within the School Leaders Summit, the Education Show’s partner, the New Schools Network, will be running a conference on the Saturday (March 19), giving leaders the chance to learn more about ways to expand their school or trust and hear about the growth of other innovative curriculums and methods being used in schools around the country.

The free CPD programme

This year, the Education Show has partnered with the Teacher Development Trust (TDT). The TDT is taking a national lead on improving standards for CPD in schools and will be working with the Education Show to improve access to high-quality CPD in line with the new Standard for Professional Development which is currently being drafted and is due to be published early this year.

A full list of the Education Show’s CPD programme is available on the website. The sessions are peer-led and free to all practitioners.

Examples of what is on offer across the show’s theatres include, on the Thursday (March 17) at 10:30am, the session “Life After Levels: How are your peers progressing?” in the School Leaders Summit Theatre. Co-leading this session will be Sarah Anderson, key stage 2 leader and assessment coordinator at Pictor Academy in Trafford.

The session will cover: incorporating the key elements of a good assessment system and translating these into the classroom, ensuring that you are challenging pupils effectively and setting appropriate targets, tracking and effectively measuring pupil progress post levels, and demonstrating progress for Ofsted, governors and parents.

Meanwhile, on the Friday (March 18), at 1:30pm, Kirsty Tonks, the Teaching School director, and Jen Devaney, project manager, both from Shireland Collegiate Academy in the West Midlands will be looking at Flipped Learning. They will delve deeper into the journey of MathsFlip, an Education Endowment Foundation-funded project which looks at the impact of adopting a flipped learning approach with year 5 and 6 pupils in mathematics, and demonstrate how using technology to deliver this methodology can accelerate and deepen learning.

On the Saturday (March 19), Kevin McLaughlin, teacher at Old Mill Primary School in Leicestershire will be speaking at 1:30pm in his session entitled “Developing mastery in the classroom through personalising learning”. He will discuss how developing a personalised learning approach can help children to master the content the curriculum demands of them.

Keynote sessions

Taking to the Central Feature Theatre at 11:30am on the first day of the show (Thursday, March 17), education minister Nick Gibb, will be delivering an update on the educational landscape.

The minister will be followed by Tom Bennett, a teacher and the government-appointed behaviour tsar, with his session, Behaving Better: Tips for maintaining classroom discipline at 12:50pm.

Also speaking on the Thursday will be Professor Robert Winston, researcher, doctor, writer, broadcaster and professor of science and society at Imperial College London. He will be discussing with visitors the themes of “improving learning power and unlocking students’ true potential” through what he calls “Learning Values”. He speaks at 4:10pm in the Central Feature Theatre. Other keynotes include Nadiya Hussain, winner of Great British Bake Off 2015, who will be speaking in the same theatre on the Saturday (March 19) at 1:20pm in a Q&A session focusing on her growth mind-set and educational story.

The exhibition

The free exhibition at the Education Show features a range of educational companies and organisations – both large and small – offering both paid-for and free products, resources and services for your school. Listed below are some examples to give you a flavour of what is on offer. Full listings are available on the show’s website.

Once again, Headteacher Update will be at the show alongside its sister secondary education magazine SecEd. Visitors can come along to our stand to pick up copies of our latest editions and talk to our team about coverage for your’s school work, our wide range of free best practice content for educators and much more. Stand: H78.

B Squared will present Evisense, a new web application that captures key events in a child’s journey through their education – from early years into early adulthood. Evisense stores evidence of a pupil’s progress and achievements via photos, videos, school work and associated comments. Visitors will also have the chance to see the Connecting Steps software, which tracks progress across all subjects of the new national curriculum. Stand H88.

Educater is a person-centred communication and tracking system designed to reduce the administration burden within several key areas, including school tracking and assessment and SEND paperwork. Stand H30.

Eden Learning Spaces is a supplier of educational soft furnishings, specially designed to enhance the experience of learning. The designers work closely with educational professionals in order to create soft furnishings that are aligned to the curriculum, enhance modern teaching techniques and offer a vibrant aesthetic to any learning space. Visitors to the stand can engage in live product demonstrations, meet the creative team, and receive special offers exclusive to the show. Stand F58.

Memory Owl offers a new way of learning times tables using memory techniques. It is aimed at key stage 1 and 2 pupils and is based on the concept that there is no need to remember numbers. It instead encourages children to remember short stories about Memory Owl and his friends in the wood. Visitors to the stand can see demonstrations of the Memory Owl stories and quiz, benefit from discounted books and resources, and enter the competition to win a Memory Owl Class Pack. Stand F107.

SATs Companion is an online resource tool to help pupils prepare for the new 2016 key stage 2 SATs at home or at school. The system has a question and test bank that allows differentiated questions, content and styles. It also has 10 maths and SPAG timed practice test sets, printable worksheets, digital micro-lessons, a revision bank, advanced reporting, marking, pupil rewards system, and progress trackers. Stand J18.

STAEDTLER will showcase the company’s top selling stationery items and also introduce new products including the Teachers’ Marking set. Visitors to the stand can sign up to an exclusive Teachers’ Club and pick up their free welcome pack. STAEDTLER will also be providing free caricatures on Thursday and Friday and running a social media competition through the show. Stand C18-D19.

Reading Plus is a new web-based program that bridges the gap between functional literacy skills and reading for meaning. Reading Plus aims to develop silent reading rates – an often overlooked element of proficient reading. Reading from an online library of texts (cross-curricular, informational and literary), students learn to make connections, formulate opinions and express and support opinions with evidence and knowledge. Suitable for English, SEN and EAL (reading age 8 to 16-plus). Stand K19.

SuperStickers offers personalised rewards, classroom display posters and time-saving resources for teachers. The Targeteers range of stickers covers every target across the primary curriculum and handy Learning Records provide an at-a-glance log of a child’s progress and attainment at key stages 1 and 2. The new Teacher’s Sticky Notes, new sticker designs and stationery sets, will be at discounted prices. Stand E19.

Support Services for Education is a traded unit within Somerset County Council that offers a variety of support services to all education providers, including schools, colleges, early years providers and local authorities. Its services encompass educational effectiveness, enrichment, business services and SEN. Stand H95.

The SEN Information Point will be hosted by nasen, providing visitors with insights into policy changes and the statutory requirements of the new SEND Code of Practice. Nasen will also be launching free online training for all schools in order to help embed the reforms in the SEND Code of Practice. This free training will use existing expertise to share the most effective practice with schools. The material will cover the 0 to 25 age range and will be suitable for all class and subject teachers, giving schools practical guidance on teaching strategies, best practice materials and links to further resources.

Finally, to help exhibitors plan their route around the show, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) will be on hand at the show’s Information Point. The team’s knowledge and experience will help visitors plan their time around the show.

Further information

For more information or to register, visit You can follow @EducationShow on Twitter

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