The Education Show 2018 Highlights Creativity, Wellbeing and Innovation
Now in its 28th year, the Education Show has become the recognised event for educators to experience the latest and most innovative education resources on the market, and to gain inspiration and practical advice from experts across their sector, as well as their fellow teachers. This March, the show is back, and education experts will be joined by Michael Rosen, an award-winning children’s author and Darcy Bussell, one of the beloved Strictly Come Dancing judges.
The UK’s leading education resources event brings the classroom to life over three days from 15 to 17 March 2018 at the Birmingham NEC. The 2018 show celebrates the mix of practicality, fun and creativity that teachers bring to their roles to inspire their pupils, while supporting the knowledge and commitment of schools.
Creativity, wellbeing and literacy are at the forefront of this year’s show. With the recent emphasis of these topics in Whitehall and the education sector in general, this comes as little surprise and yet the Education Show provides valuable time to look at the most innovative approaches to these subjects.
Children’s wellbeing has recently taken the sector by storm with a number of significant studies highlighting the shocking scale of mental health problems in the UK, with young people being particularly affected during their school years. In August, the Department for Education estimated that three pupils in every classroom across the country have a diagnosable mental health disorder with little support always available for every student.
These findings are backed up by the recent Bett Innovation Index which found that although a majority of teachers are concerned about the mental wellbeing of their students, fewer than half feel confident in their ability to know how to handle these situations.
The event will feature over 350 of the most creative education solutions and resources, with exhibitors including some of the well-loved brands that you’re likely to recognise from your schooldays, to exciting and innovative new companies. The key themes of creativity, wellbeing and literacy are the forefront of everyone’s minds as they present their resources to educators from around the globe. Educators, policy makers and leading speakers join them in a diverse programme of professional development during the event, helping teachers navigate policy changes and create a fun interactive learning environment for their pupils.
Anita Pal, event director of the Education Show, said, “The Education Show and its community demonstrates the many different aspects of a rich and creative education each year and it’s always a pleasure to work with our teachers to deliver the show. As always, literacy and numeracy are at the heart of the event but this year the role that wellbeing, innovation and the arts have on education are being highlighted in an exciting way.”
The Education Show has a number of new feature areas this year, including an arts and crafts workshop, where educators can get hands on with the latest creative resources. A separate Health and Wellbeing Zone has been developed to help teachers develop their understanding of mental health and to discover the latest solutions to be best able to provide much-needed support for the welfare of pupils and fellow teachers alike. The Teaching with Creativity Workshop will feature content with a cross-curricular inspiration, with the intention of bringing creativity to the classroom. An additional Education Start-ups area will showcase the ‘best in class’ start-ups to inspire and enable teachers to explore the broad range of emerging learning technologies. Complementing that will be the follow-up to last year’s popular Learning through Technology Zone, which will allow visitors to delve even deeper into the behind the scenes of the more tech-based products before implementing them in their own classrooms.
As always, The Education Show is sure to delight and surprise even the visitors who have been attending annually. This year the show is shifting its focus to better reflect the priorities of educators with additional information on mental wellbeing and education technology. In short, there is a lot to look forward to!
The Education Show 2018 takes place from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 March 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham and is free to attend. To discover more and to get your ticket, visit our website. You can also follow @EducationShow on Twitter for all the latest news and updates!