86 sessions - 74 speakers - 7 hours a day to remember! - 21 / 10 / 2016

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.
Premier Pathways
Premier Pathways
Cost-effective talent management programme for school
Premier Pathways is a cost-effective talent management programme for schools. Create a motivated and stable staff team by supporting high quality graduates in becoming outstanding teachers. This 2-year scheme is a flexible recruitment and retention route supported by leading organisations in Initial Teacher Education.
NASUWT
NASUWT
Teachers’ trade union representing members in all sectors of education and teachers in all roles including heads and deputies.
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 and learning.
Leadership Matters
Leadership Matters
A movement designed to give all schools access to the high quality leadership development
Developed by leading thinkers within education and leadership, Leadership Matters aims to create a shared environment that is useful, exciting, and accessible for all school leaders. A series of cutting-edge development tools offers school leaders the opportunity to understand fully their leadership persona as well as highlighting their strengths and development areas.
4MySchools – Recruitment
4MySchools – Recruitment
Recruitment for schools with a difference
We make a difference every day to schools, teachers and children and we want to do more. Register with 4myschools and visit our stand – help us to help make a difference.
React Computer Partnership
React Computer Partnership
ICT Services for Education
Based near Ipswich in Suffolk, React Computer Partnership is a leading IT company, specialising in the supply, installation and support of business IT systems for customers throughout East Anglia and beyond. Far from being an “overhead”, effective IT systems are a business asset that can help drive a business forward. We offer more than technical expertise; we have the willingness and ability to understand the daily challenges faced by each individual business and tailor a system to suit.
Raising the Bar
Raising the Bar
Programme to improve levels of educational attainment across the county.
Raising the Bar is Suffolk’s programme to improve levels of educational attainment across the county. The number of Suffolk schools being judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted is at an all-time high at 83%, but there is still more work to be done. By working together with education providers, families, communities and businesses, Raising the Bar will ensure that every child can achieve their full potential, build a strong reputation for Suffolk education and deliver wider benefits for the county and its economy.
MÖDEL
MÖDEL
Complete branding and wayfinding service
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.
Schools’ Choice
Schools’ Choice
Knowledgeable, flexible and affordable professional support services.
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 the academies bill of 2010 we’ve also been guiding schools who have chosen to convert to academy status, giving them additional ongoing support to ensure they meet their new responsibilities.
EDF Energy
EDF Energy
‘Inspiring the next generation and building a stronger future’
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. Visit our stand at the SFL to find out more, and click through to our page.
Icanbea
Icanbea
Find your future career!
Let us help you find your future career! Sign-up NOW for free and see more of the opportunities that interest you
Suffolk association of secondary heads
Suffolk association of secondary heads
Supporting Secondary Headteachers to lead world class education in Suffolk
SASH aims to provide professional support and networking for Headteachers and School Leaders with the aim of improving outcomes for young people in Suffolk.

Strategic Partners

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.

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    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 (E2C)
    Marketing your educational offer is no longer an option, and it’s often a misunderstood discipline. Sometimes marketing is associated only with websites and general PR, rather than a strategic campaign that connects people with your best attributes. Is it time to audit your campaign?
    Marketing – Business to Education (B2E)

    Marketing – Business to Education (B2E)
    As CIM Postgraduate qualified marketers, we combine 20 years teaching, senior leadership and business experience to help you penetrate this highly profitable, but hard to reach market. How would it feel to make a difference to young people’s lives at the same time as growing your business?
    Leadership Coaching and mentoring

    Leadership Coaching and mentoring
    Our tailored coaching and workshop support for aspiring or middle and senior education leaders will help to supercharge outcomes, improve efficiency and productivity, develop relationships and motivation, improve wellbeing and tackle strategic challenges. Test drive one of our packages today.

    Social Media for education
    Does your social media really reflect your best assets and your character? Do your posts get to the people you want to reach? Do you have a robust, safe system that reduces anxiety and workload? If the answer is “I’m not sure” or “no” to any one of those questions, feel free to test drive one of our marketing packages.

    Chinese exchange Programmes
    We offer unique China-UK school exchange programmes, recruitment of teachers and sports coaches as well as strategic and on-the-ground consultancy. We will soon be launching a new partnership between Real World Education and VEC (Verbaledu Education China) to place interns in Chinese schools, ready to help support.

    Graduate programme: experience the other side of china
    A fantastic opportunity to travel, supercharge your CV and most importantly, make a difference to young people’s lives. We link you with a Chinese agency who specialise in placing interns in China. They have a specific focus on English oral language skills which fits together very nicely with our SpeechCraft training programmes we’re developing in collaboration with Chinese English teachers in Shanghai.

    Physical education improvement
    High-quality training in Physical Education teaching and learning methodology, coach education and community engagement planning. We pride ourselves on staying in tune with the latest research, as well as drawing on deep, specialist experience in PE and Sports teaching and coaching.

    Employment preparation and enterprise skills
    Our mock interview, video analysis, C.V development, writing skills, LinkedIn training and business mentoring grows confidence and expertise in students and staff needing to rev up their chances of gaining new jobs, internships, work experience or university placements.

    LinkedIn training
    400 members in 200 countries, 40 million students or recent graduates and a signup rate of 2 per second – LinkedIn is the fastest developing online business network in the world. Can you afford not to understand it? And, can you afford not to be on it? With more and more employers and education institutions scanning LinkedIn profiles of prospective candidates, it’s really worth understanding what ticks the boxes… isn’t it?

    Events
    We provide a comprehensive service from an innovation workshop to develop the initial spark of an idea to completion of administration, logistics, marketing and PE. Our services and prices are completely flexible – for example, if you just need an exhibition, we can do that. If you need someone to manage sponsors – we can do that, and if you need the whole package then we will work with you to find the right pricing solution to ensure you’re financially risk free as well as reaching your goals.

    Who we are - a message from Rob…

    People look puzzled when they tentatively ask me “why marketing when you’re ultimately a teacher?”, but actually, there are strong similarities between the two areas. Modern marketing is all about the needs of the customer, not the sales pitch – it’s about connecting people with the best possible experience - reaching your target audience through differentiation and nuance. Great teaching works in much the same way – students in the centre, a bespoke, high–quality offer that moulds around and adapts to their needs. There are unique, extra challenges in education, but the similarities in principle are palpable. When you put it that way, the marketing / teaching conundrum looks a little different, and that’s why I found the formal study of postgraduate marketing so enriching. Is it common to fuse the two? I don’t know, and I don’t know any others in the same position, but if you’re out there, please let us know – we could do with you on board! In the meantime, I want to thank the fabulous people in our consortium who help to deliver exceptional outcomes – experts in their fields and successful in their own right, we carefully choose our consultants, blending many years of experience with warm, curious personalities and an eclectic but reassuring and focused approach - best wishes, Rob Walden, Director of Real World Education Group Ltd.

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    Real World Education Group Ltd.
    Headline Partners Sponsors
  • Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

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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 is a proactive organisation that lobbies and responds Responding to Government on behalf of our members on all major issues affecting the business community.

    We offer our members a wide range of services from networking to international trade advice, and from national and regional representation to access to our member directory database. The breadth and depth of those services ensure our members can operate effectively and productively with an established and supportive organisation behind them.

    By joining Suffolk Chamber of Commerce you can also opt to be included our local town representation in Bury St Edmunds,Greater Ipswich, Haverhill & District, Lowestoft and Waveney and Newmarket and District.

    Members of Suffolk Chamber have access to a full range of networking events and key business services. This gives your business a wonderful opportunity for growth within the Suffolk and wider business community.

    For more information about the benefits of Chamber membership click here or email membership@suffolkchamber.co.uk

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    Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
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  • Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers

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    About SASH
    Membership
    All Suffolk state funded schools with secondary pupils are eligible to be members of SASH, irrespective of their designation.

    What are the benefits of membership?
    - Conferences targeted at needs
    - Links with other counties/professional associations/ access to SASH website/resources
    - Professional advice and information service
    - New heads’ mentoring
    - Shared problems and solutions
    - A capacity to act cohesively with a collective strong voice

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    Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers
    Headline Partners Sponsors
  • University of 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 to change lives – of individuals and communities - for the better.

    In a world where nothing ever stays the same, we all need to change, evolve, succeed and change again. That’s what we do. Be bold and do the same. Together we’ll achieve more.

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  • West Suffolk College

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    Click here to visit the West Suffolk College website

    Click here to email ‘Festival Director Rob’, and ask about our marketing and sponsorship packages (starting from as little as £50). Our partnerships are bespoke, and we go all-out to help you reach your target audience as well as contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility.

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  • Raising the Bar

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    Raising the Bar is Suffolk’s programme to improve levels of educational attainment and ensure that every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential.

    Raising the Bar is Suffolk’s programme to improve levels of educational attainment across the county. Suffolk’s results are improving at a faster rate than those nationally, but there is still more work to be done.

    By working together with education providers, families, communities and businesses, Raising the Bar will ensure that every child can achieve their full potential, build a strong reputation for Suffolk education and deliver wider benefits for the county and its economy.

    Raising the Bar Awards 2016

    Celebrating success is an important part of the Raising the Bar programme. Sharing best practice and highlighting excellence are essential to help inspire others and raise the bar across Suffolk. Results in Suffolk at all levels are improving at a faster rate than those nationally, and we want to recognise the outstanding efforts across the county that are really making an impact. The Raising the Bar Awards are an opportunity to reward those that work hard and strive to do their best – whether they are pupils or students, teachers or staff, settings or partners.

    The Raising the Bar Awards 2016 were held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Monday 20 June 2016.  You can read about the winners in our news story, or by clicking the link below to visit the Raising the Bar Awards website. You can also find images from the awards on the Suffolk County Council Flickr page

    Click here to view the website

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    Raising the Bar
    Headline Partners Sponsors
  • Young Chamber

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    Young Chamber brings together young people between the ages of 11-19 with local businesses through the Chamber of Commerce network, to provide real meaningful understanding about business, jobs, careers and the exciting range of potential opportunities that exist for all young people, of all abilities, once they leave education.

    Click here to visit the national website

    Click here to visit the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

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    Young Chamber
    Headline Partners Sponsors
  • Schools’ Choice

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Dare to be different?

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.
CELEBRATING SUCCESS

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.

About the University of Suffolk: "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 to change lives – of individuals and communities - for the better. In a world where nothing ever stays the same, we all need to change, evolve, succeed and change again. That’s what we do. Be bold and do the same. Together we’ll achieve more"