our fabulous sponsors
Special thanks to these trusted partners who supported this first ever festival - they truly believe in education development in the region and have shown their unwavering support throughout.
React Computer Partnership
Raising the Bar
Suffolk association of secondary heads
These are the guys who are putting their full and considerable weight behind the cause. Their desire to help the community is matched by their passion for driving the best possible platform for education and business to work together and thrive.
Real World Education Group Ltd.
Real World Education Group Ltd.Headline Partners Sponsors
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Suffolk Chamber of CommerceHeadline Partners Sponsors
Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers
Suffolk Association of Secondary HeadteachersHeadline Partners Sponsors
University of Suffolk
University of SuffolkHeadline Partners Sponsors
West Suffolk College
West Suffolk CollegeHeadline Partners Sponsors
Raising the Bar
Raising the BarHeadline Partners Sponsors
Young ChamberHeadline Partners Sponsors
We found some of some of the most committed and skilled providers around - ready to help teachers, business managers and support staff across all sectors and all subjects. We're proud to have worked with so many brilliant people - and we extend our thanks to every member of staff from every organisation.
SImply put, we support education and business to raise standards, drive innovation and improve lives. These are our flagship services, but we’re able to help with pretty much any aspect of education and training, and if we can’t, we’ll find you someone who can. MARKETING – EDUCATION TO COMMUNITY
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React Computer Partnership is an award winning, family run business. The company has been a successful Microsoft Partner and authorised education partner for many years. We hold four silver competencies for both Office 365 cloud and on premises solutions. We also partner with other leading education vendors including Fujitsu and Zyxel to
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As Suffolk’s programme to improve levels of educational attainment, Raising the Bar (RtB) is proud to be a Festival of Learning headline sponsor. The Festival comes at a time when dramatic progress is being achieved in Suffolk, with 83% of schools now judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – a 17%
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As the largest independent private forum in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is in a perfect position to support and represent local business interests. As the voice of the business community, Suffolk Chamber is equipped to respond on behalf of local business regarding local, national and European issues. Suffolk Chamber
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An Award Winning Film Production Company Producing Innovative Online Video Content Using Film, Motiongraphics & Animation Across A Wide Range Of Brands, Industries & Platforms. Positive FX Studio is home to a small and friendly team of creative professionals who fuse together their specialist skills and expertise
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As the largest independent private forum in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is in a perfect position to support and represent local business interests. As the voice of the business community, Suffolk Chamber is equipped to respond on behalf of local business regarding local, national and European issues. Suffolk
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The University of Suffolk is a transformational university, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. We are a distinctive, thriving academic community which makes a clear and immediate impact. Our purpose is
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The EDF Energy approach to education and skills programmes is founded on the theme of ‘Inspiring the next generation and building a stronger future’ and has two key strategic strands: building our future workforce and building stronger communities. We have a strong focus on working collaboratively across sectors, skills bodies and supply chain partners
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West Suffolk College is an ambitious vocational and academic College, with a stunning main campus set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. We are committed to providing outstanding education to all our students. Our ethos is to put our learners’ success at the heart of everything we do. That means
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Our philosophy of putting teachers first means that we will campaign on your behalf and support and represent you to ensure that you are you are recognised and rewarded as a highly skilled professional and have working conditions which enable you to focus on your core role of teaching, leading teaching
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Education is fundamental to children’s success. Easily said, not so easily done. We make a difference every day to schools, teachers and children and we want to do more. We invest in children’s education by returning profit to teaching and learning. We pay teachers well and charge schools fairly.
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WELCOME TO LEADERSHIP MATTERS – INSPIRING SCHOOL LEADERS Leadership Matters is a movement designed to give all schools access to the high quality leadership development that ultimately improves pupil educational outcomes. By giving school leaders the opportunity to actively develop their leadership abilities around a busy work schedule, Leadership Matters helps to
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mödel offers a complete branding and wayfinding service to clients throughout the UK for a wide range of environments – education establishments, hospitals, government buildings, retail spaces, offices and many more.
Aaron Phipps – Keynote Speaker: Sky Sports Ambassador, Ambassador, Sky Sports Living for Sport Hot off the heels of the incredible success of the Brazil Olympics, Sky Sports continue to roll out their inspirational Living for Sport programme in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust. Come and
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Speaker: Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, UK Government What’s the view of education from the top? England’s new National School Commissioner will share his insights into the direction of travel – on academisaton and partnerships, selection and system leadership. All school leaders – including Business Managers – need to hear this.
FGM / Forced Marriage / Radicalisation and British Values: do you really get it? Aneeta Prem – Keynote
Speaker: Aneeta Prem, President, Freedom Charity Radicalisation, grooming and cultural abuse is on the rise and is becoming more hidden and sophisticated than ever. From the shifting sands of migration across Europe as well as localised pockets of deeply embedded abuse such as the Rotherham scandal, the world is changing and abuse is becoming more
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Editor, Times Educational Supplement The latest moves and shakes in education – straight from the person who sees it all – the Chief Editor of the Times Educational Supplement. From Ann: “I will address Brexit, xenophobia, division and all the other things that make me cross” When purists prosper debate dies The fury directed at
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Speaker: Ben Maxfield, Director, Brand Ambassador, Mountain Guide and Consultant BXM Expeditions, BXM Expeditions Ben Maxfield has many years of experience in transforming aspirations of underachieving boys. He will share his extensive knowledge and take questions and feedback from the audience – helping to formulate pragmatic ways and inspirational programmes to ‘get boys doing better’
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Speaker: Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair, Youth Sport Trust Sue Campbell is one of the most engaging and inspirational speakers in education today, renowned for challenging the norm and fighting for what she, and many others believe in. This keynote will help to understand the impact of mental health on learning outcomes and provide a tangible
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Speaker: Carl Jarvis, Exec. Headteacher / CEO, Hartsholme Academy / NDET Carl Jarvis is a leading Headteacher and Consultant for EOS Education. His school – the Hartsholme Academy gained acclaim for outstanding outcomes through a unique, transformational approach. Whether you’re a teacher, Headteacher or Business Manager – looking to tweak or to overhaul, the ‘EOS
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Speaker: Annie Clements, Aspergers, Autism and ADHD Consultant, Autism and ADHD We all know about Autism…. right? But aren’t we just starting to get a feeling that this Autism thing is so much bigger, broader and deeper than we first thought? We all know about Autism…. right? But aren’t we just starting to get a
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Speaker: Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers Mark Dawe brings his extensive experience to bear with this unique insight into what’s happening with Apprenticeships, work and skill related learning. With the focus so heavily on ‘the academic’ in the lower school, how is the next generation getting the opportunities they need
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Speaker: Stephen Cloke, Headteacher, Birchwood Primary School, Ipswich Find out how one school took the woodland learning environment and supercharged it, to develop intrinsic motivation and sound emotional and social skills. Taking it a step further, they built their own forest school level one accreditation and come rain or shine children use the forest school
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Speaker: Steven Clark, Headteacher, Finborough School When Steven Clark decided to take on Headship at Finborough School – one of the most forward-thinking, creative private schools in the region he was leaving behind an illustrious and successful career in the state sector. What were his motivations? How and why did he jump from state to
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Speaker: Mike McNiell, National Throws Coach / former Dep. Head, British Athletics / Mildenhall Academy Speaker: Nick Levett, National Talent Identification Manager, The Football Association Speaker: Luke Whiting, Sport and Business Psychologist, The Genesis AcademySpeaker: Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair, Youth Sport Trust What lessons does elite sport have for
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Speaker: Simon Knight , Director of Education, National Education Trust, National Education Trust Simon will take a look at how the needs of children with SEND in all types of schools may be better served if we look to build better collaborative structures between the mainstream and specialist sectors. Drawing on examples of practice, policy
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An exciting variety of demos and immersive workshops running throughout the day – ranging from Wheelchair basketball to Sky Living for Sport Ambassadors and Life Skills and learning workshops – see how activity, PE and Sport has changed – and is rapidly becoming the method of choice for tackling health and wellbeing issues in schools
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Speaker: Angela Forrest , Consultancy, Institute of Physics A series of short experiments that ask the question ‘What Happens Next’. The experiments can be used as starters, plenaries or just for fun. Aimed mostly at KS3/KS4 but could even be adapted for KS2.
Speaker: Dr Robert Loe, Education Research Director, Relational Research Dr Rob Loe has spent the last few years deeply immersed in educational research and how to put it into practice. Rob was an inspirational teacher and senior leader himself and his passion for education is palpable. In his words: “We know that the key to
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Facilitator: Carole Baker, Health and Wellness Advisor / Yoga Teacher Chair Yoga is exactly what it says on the tin… Yoga in a chair! We all know that teachers are under physical stress through nervous tension for large proportions of the day – and that can take its toll on brain and body. Join
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Speaker: Harriet Wickson, Psychology Teacher, Farlingaye High School Practical stress management strategies for students (and you!). Learn about the science of stress and strategies that reduce the stress response. We will look at strategies to ‘Reduce the Initial Panic’, ‘Dealing with the worries’, and the strategies you can use little and often to help boost
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Speaker: Briony Gooding, History Teacher, Farlingaye High School Every teacher needs a repertoire of simple but powerful ideas to maintain pace, variety and engagement. With increasing pressure on teacher’s time, this session aims to provide a range of practical and time effective strategies to keep students actively involved in their learning process. About Briony: Teacher
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Speaker: Heather Peck, Isaac Physics Isaac Physics is a new (FREE) online tool featuring a mixture of physics skills practice and problem-solving questions. With the in-built teacher tools, you can create groups of students and create problem sets to assign to them, with our system checking their answers and providing you with their marks. In
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Speaker: Jose Oliveira, Head of Science, Sybil Andrews Academy How many times have we fumbled around with iPads in classrooms with ‘some’ impact but a lot of hassle along the way? This session explores the issues of using iPads in the classroom, and the perceptions of teachers and students at the different stages of their
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University of Cambridge Speaker: Jessy Ahluwalia, Schools Liaison Officer, Cambridge University A deeper look at what it takes to get into, and thrive in Oxbridge from someone who has been there, done it and who’s job is now to help others. Your chance to listen and ask questions about all manner of detail – from
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Roger Inman, Partner, Stone King Education Solicitors This is a must-attend session for any Business Manager, Headteacher or Senior Leader facing the prospect of becoming an Academy, or wishing to take a look at their existing Academy status and looking at how to improve. Become more efficient, financially stable and, most importantly – educationally viable
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Megan Reynard, Lead Practitioner, Thurston Community College The ‘BAD Questioning’ method: differentiating questioning through BAD questions and changing how you respond to questioning with ABC responses. From Megan Reynard: In this session, I intend to explore strategies to use questioning to encourage a depth of learning from students and encourage growth mindset through the power
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Stef Thorne, Head of Research and Enterprise, University of Suffolk An introduction to postgraduate education – to the opportunities, benefits and expectations of Masters and Doctoral Degrees. An overview of the provision for part time and mature learners at the University of Suffolk will also be provided.
HIGHER EDUCATION: This practical and interactive session draws upon a small-scale qualitative research study, conducted in the East of England, into students’ learning experiences, attitudes and conceptions of HE study. The aim of the study was to develop an understanding of learning issues associated with transition to HE, especially among widening participation (WP) students. and
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Speaker: Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Scottish Power Renewables Speaker: Sir John Dunford, Consultant, John Dunford Consulting Speaker: Mark Dawe, Chief Exec, Association of Learning and Skills Providers Speaker: Geoff Barton, Educational Author and Headteacher, King Edward VI School Some of the best known educationalists in the UK come together to look at the current challenges the
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Karen Hinton, Head of Market Research and Development, University of Suffolk This session will explore the Competition and Markets Authority’s guidance for universities and students in ensuring that students can access information to help them make an informed decision about university. We will discuss what your students should expect to be able to access while
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Dr Mabel Encinas, Maths Teacher Trainer, University of Suffolk We (facilitator and participants) will engage in playing with maths and discussing the foundations of mathematics learning for children at the beginning of the primary school journey. I will support this work with relevant research related to learning maths and to adult-child relationships and learning.
Sarah Holmes, Head of English, PBD A workshop exploring the benefits of using digital technology to extend, support and inform classroom teaching as part of a blended learning approach. One of the key benefits of using digital technology is the ability to personalise the learning for learners and put them in control of their own
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Joe Mulcahy, Lead Practitioner, Thurston Community College This session will look at how we can clearly demonstrate progress within every lesson by enabling our students to use the language of our mark schemes as stepping stones to stretching and challenging themselves.
Jackie Bircham, Head of Work, Learning and Life Faculty, Sprowston Community High School As one of our out-of-county guest school exhibitors, Sprowston High School has a great track record in engaging local employers and encouraging enterprise in students in order to prepare them well for a successful life beyond school. From Jackie Birch: “In 2015-2016
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Emily Barrell, Quality Improvement Manager, Realise Futures Realise Futures Learning and Development has been at the forefront of ungraded observations for the past 5 years and has contributed to the natioRealise Futures Learning and Development has been at the forefront of ungraded observations for the past 5 years and has contributed to the national discussion.
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OVER 400 SCHOOL MUSIC WORKSHOP DAYS To date, we have run over 400 school music workshop days. We deliver curriculum relevant music workshops in schools, tailored to suit mixed ability groups from year 8 to GCSE, BTEC and A level. We focus on providing curriculum relevant Music Workshop days
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How do you give children a great education? Train enough teachers for every child Bringing together schools, training providers and recruiters we have created a unified pathway to develop outstanding new teachers. We provide graduates with the resources and support to move into a rewarding career with exceptional earning potential.
We’re a team of experienced professionals whose expertise today supports many schools and academies across the UK – enabling you to focus on what really matters: student achievement. As a well-established, skilled team we bring a wealth of experience to our work. We’ve been providing school support services since the 1990s, and since
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Industry Education in Music workshop company We provide school music workshop days for schools and colleges, each is tailored to the individual schools or colleges needs. Sam Robson set up Industry Education in Music in 2012. He toured the UK countless times as a musician and tour manager, at the same time as working extensively
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Steve Hubbard, Consultant, Robotfun.co.uk Join Dr Steve Hubbard from Robotfun.co.uk in his quest to find the next coding expert! Come and see how robots and coding go together hand-in-glove. Learn how Robotfun can help your school develop this challenging but rapidly growing development area for schools.
Menta is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides free, impartial one-to-one advice and support for start ups, emerging and existing businesses and for those considering self-employment. Over the past 30 years Menta has helped thousands of entrepreneurs launch and run thriving and profitable businesses throughout Suffolk. Our mission is
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Archant is a privately owned media company serving geographical and specialist interest communities across a wide range of media and employing around 1,600 staff. It is the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK with titles in East Anglia, London, Kent and the South West, publishing 1.6 million copies a week in print and
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A snapshot of what was on offer....
Just a snapshot of what was on offer…
- Real World Education Group Ltd.
- React Computer Partnership (ReactCP)
- Raising The Bar – 2015 – 2017
- SASH – Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers
- Positive FX Studio
- Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
- University of Suffolk
- EDF Energy – Headline Supporter
- West Suffolk College
- Isaacs on the Quay
- NASUWT The Teachers’ Union
- Leadership Matters
- mödel Signage
- Aaron Phipps – Sky Sports Living for Sport
- Sir David Carter – Keynote: The Changes Ahead
- FGM / Forced Marriage / Radicalisation and British Values: do you really get it? Aneeta Prem – Keynote
- Times Ed Editor, Ann Mroz – When purists prosper debate dies
- Leading boys to achievement
- Baroness Sue Campbell: Improve Mental Health…Improve Learning
- Transformational Leadership – the EOS way
- Autism, Aspergers & ADHD: Do you REALLY get it?
- Mark Dawe – Keynote – The Future of Apprenticeships
- Learning English, Maths and Science in the Outdoors
- Making the Leap from State to Private – Steven Clark, Finborough School Headteacher
- Elite Sports Development Panel
- Improving SEND: Simon Knight – Keynote (National Education Trust)
- Life Skills, Learning and Well-being exhibition (workshops and demos from the Youth Sport Trust)
- KS3/4 Physics: ‘What happens next’ – Institute of Physics
- Relational learning – student – teacher – parent
- ‘Between Lessons’ – Yoga & Stress Prevention for Busy Teachers
- ‘Shake it off!’ – Stress Management (for students and you)
- Innovative Ideas for Busy Teachers
- KS5: Isaac Physics – Free Problem Solving Online Tool
- How to use iPads in the classroom
- Oxbridge Insights: how to navigate the process
- Academisation: Your Options
- Differentiation through Advanced Questioning
- Postgraduate study – opportunities and asiprations
- Learning experiences in Higher Education
- ‘Challenging Times’ – Panel Debate with Top Educationalists
- Access to University – the guidelines and the realities
- Primary Maths Through Play
- Blended learning: Digital tech to support and extend
- Signposting progress – Empowering students
- Outstanding Business Studies: a case study
- Ungraded teacher observation
- Industry Education in Music
- Premier Pathways
- Schools Choice
- Industry Education in Music (IEM)
- Robotfun – Coding fun for Primary children
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Was it as Einstein or Ford who said "Do what you always do, get what you always got?". Well, whoever it was, they had a point...we're looking to change the way things are done - bringing in festival feel, but with a firm eye on the prize - high-quality delivery of professional development. Festivals are as good as the people who attend, so we would like to thank all who attended the 2016 event, and welcome all the curious newcomers to the movement.
Cutting edge sport, performing arts, technology and media – the list of Suffolk success is endless. So, it’s time to share what we have and create thousands of new sparks, eureka moments, and a legacy of high-quality networks. Suffolk is stepping over the threshold into a golden era in education.