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 (Images: Jack Terry Photography)

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

For educators looking to network with other like-minded professionals and 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 other innovations from around the country.

The free CPD

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.

Specifically this year, in support of the continuing focus on STEM subjects, the Education Show has joined forces with the Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK – which runs from March 16 to 19, also at the NEC, Birmingham.

Both shows will be coming together to bring classroom learning to life, showcasing how STEM subjects help prepare students for life beyond education. This includes the Big Bang Meet Me event, which will bring together teachers and employers so they can share ideas, stories and best practice for STEM events – either in school or at their company headquarters. This takes place at 3:45pm on the Friday (March 18) in the Maths and Science Theatre.

STEM also provides a clear theme for the wider CPD offering at the show. In the Maths and Science Theatre, a number of experts will be offering insight to secondary schools on encouraging the teaching of these core subjects.

These include Paul Hennessey, maths teacher from Willow High School – and the face of popular Channel 4 series Educating Cardiff. Paul will be delivering a session entitled “No Student Gets Left Behind: Teaching maths in a successful school” on the Friday (March 18) at 12pm.

Meanwhile, tackling the challenge of getting students excited about science will be Richard Spencer, teacher at Middlesbrough College and finalist of a Global Teacher Prize. Mr Spencer will be offering simple, snappy tips on how to bring your science classroom to life at 2:30pm on the Saturday (March 19).

Keynote speakers

There will also be a number of keynote speakers at the Education Show. 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 from a policy point of view. He will be closely followed by Tom Bennett, 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 educating visitors on “improving learning power and unlocking their true potential”, through what he calls “Learning Values”. He speaks at 4:10pm in the Central Feature Theatre.

Other attractions 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 mindset and educational story.

Exhibitor highlights

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

First-time exhibitor, Propeller will be launching its curriculum-based resources at the show this year. The team will have several teachers and students available to answer any questions about the new product, or you can join in the action by playing a game of “Beat the Student” to win a free interactive whiteboard game. There will also be short interactive on-stand teacher sessions taking place each day of the show on a variety of topics. Stands E58-F59.

The British Red Cross will be talking about the support it offers to young people to help them understand, cope with and respond to a crisis and to build the confidence and skills to help others. It provides free online cross-curricular resources and focus on crises including disasters and emergencies, first aid, refugees and migration and conflict. Visitors also have a chance to win a first aid manikin for their school. Stand E38.

Migraine Action will be demonstrating the support and guidance it offers to ensure that all children and young people are given the right support for dealing with migraines. They have a wealth of information and resources to support all those affected by this neurological condition, including guides for young people, session plans and information for schools. Migraine Action also provides a friendly, confidential helpline for parents and those directly affected. Stand A37.

EdComs Teachers, an online community that rewards teachers for their contributions, insight and experience, will be in Birmingham too. The community values all ideas and opinions and develops resources with the input of practising teachers. Visitors will be able to hear more about EdComs Teachers and get involved in its paid research to ensure they have a say in shaping future educational programmes. Stand D86.

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 once again 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 and continue to develop excellent provision. 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.

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, and ensure they get as much out of it as possible.

Further information

For more information or to register (for free), visit You can also follow @EducationShow on Twitter for further news and updates, or join #EdShowChat every last week of the month.


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