In an era where teaching specific skills doesn’t have the relevance it once did, giving students the freedom to be more creative and adaptable is arguably more important than ever before. Schools are under increasing pressure to prepare students for life beyond the classroom and that means providing them with skills needed for 21st Century jobs, some of which don’t even exist yet. As luck would have it, The Education Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 March, bringing educators together to celebrate this year’s theme, which is creativity in the classroom!
As a key date in the education and learning community’s calendar, the show is once again set to provide professionals with innovative ideas, resources and insight. Each year, The Education Show gives more than 10,000 visitors the chance to see the products and resources that are transforming schools, from more than 300 different companies – and this year is no exception. Here’s a taster of what’s in store…
Picture News will be on stand H91 telling schools how and why it makes assemblies simple! Each week, Picture News chooses a current news story and turns it into a vibrant A2 poster with a thought-provoking question to match. It provides an assembly plan alongside it for Key Stages 1 and 2, with focus cards that are sent to your school. Visit the stand to see examples of the inspiring posters and chat to the team about how schools have transformed their assemblies by using these colourful resources.
On stand K74, Speech Link Multimedia will be demonstrating its experience of supplying standardised assessments, targeted interventions and resources for children in over 3,000 schools in the UK and internationally. Its online service packages, Language Link and Speech Link, are used to identify and support children with mild-to-moderate speech or language difficulties. Nearly 100,000 children are screened each year using its packages. The assessments, resources and support are designed by speech and language therapists and specialist teachers. It works on the belief that the best indicator of how a child will cope with school is their understanding and use of spoken language.
Head to stand FF88 to see Get Smart Media. Educ8.world is Get Smart Media’s online planning and training resource for the computing curriculum. It includes a whole-school plan that is tailor-made to encompass each school’s resources, lesson plans, presentations, eSafety and safeguarding resources, and includes an online portal for teachers and students, assessment tools, demo videos for every lesson, and more. Headteachers can view staff usage easily through data charts and figures, as well as easily accessing, printing or sharing student assessment data.
The team from Inspiring to Inspire will be on stand G85, showcasing this unique, easy-to-use and advert-free website, designed to fulfil Ofsted’s requirements to engage parents in their child’s mathematical learning that works on computers, tablets and smartphones. Schools can buy this resource, at a low per capita cost (exclusively at The Education Show), to share with parents to help them understand the mathematics currently being taught in primary schools, thus giving them the tools they need to support their children when doing their maths homework.
Stand N14 is all about Language Magnet, which provides a unique foreign language service for primary schools with ongoing, personalised language coaching for non-specialist teachers, and a high-quality scheme of work with exceptional resources. Language Magnet empowers primary schools to independently teach French or Spanish to a very high standard whilst being delivered by non-specialists. The scheme of work is detailed with plenty of differentiation and effective progression, and provides full assessment criteria and unique self-assessment pupil trackers. With an effective grammar colour-coding system, humorous artwork and a unique home learning series, Language Magnet engages and inspires pupils and teachers alike.
Access to free CPD and training
Alongside The Education Show’s exhibition, visitors will also have access to a range of free CDP (continuing professional development) and training through a programme of seminars and workshops, taking place in theatres located across the show floor.
Central Feature Theatre
National treasure, Darcey Bussell CBE, is one of the show’s headline speakers and will be taking to the stage at 11:50 on 16 March. The retired ballerina is the former principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers of her generation; more recently she is well-known for her role as a judge on BBC One’s hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
On 17 March at 12:40, Michael Rosen will host a session titled, ‘The role of the arts in education: Inspiration from poetry’. Rosen is one of the most renowned figures in the children’s fiction world, as a result of being appointed Children’s Laureate in 2007, and serving the title until 2009.
Simon Mayo, one of the nation’s most-loved radio broadcasters, will be talking to visitors about ‘The 3R’s: reading, writing and radio’ on 18 March at 14:40. With a career spanning nearly 30 years, he currently presents ‘Drivetime’ on BBC Radio 2 and is the co-presenter of ‘Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review’ on BBC Radio 5 Live.
The Education Show takes place at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 March 2017. To get your free ticket, register now at www.education-show.com. Follow @EducationShow on Twitter for the latest news!