Ed Fest 2019 | Diving into Exploring Education

In 2019, Wellington College China will host its fourth annual Festival of Education, an event dedicated to continually advancing the exchange of important ideas and practices, while exploring the potential challenges and opportunities inherent in modern education. The festival, already considered a benchmark international event, continues to develop in scale and ambition. This year, it offers five distinct strands for attendees to explore:

Early Years explores the various options on offer for Early Years development strategies, including inquiry into the value of play, the importance of balance, and the need to develop the ‘whole child’ while at the same time appreciating the need to encourage an early ability to focus on assigned tasks.

Wellbeing tackles the tough questions facing modern education, such as how a child can remain healthy and mentally balanced in environments where academic achievement is often measured in an unforgiving manner. Also, what can schools do to ensure that success in examinations is not achieved at the expense of a child’s wellbeing, self-worth, and happiness?

A Developing Romance looks at the complex and ever-evolving relationship between British and Chinese models of education. This involves an exploration of the many ways in which the two countries can come together, learn from each other, and perhaps create a ‘third-way’.

Exploring Education assesses current educational issues that are not covered by the festival’s other strands, including topics such as psychology, the built-environment of learning, and value of assessments.

Multilingualism considers the benefits and disadvantages of bi- and multilingual schooling and seeks to understand their effects on children.

Tickets are available now! 

The Wellington College China Festival of Education will take place on 14th-15th April 2019 at Wellington College Hangzhou. 

This academic year, there are 3 types of tickets available:

  • Full Festival tickets
  • One Day Festival tickets – April 14th (English only)
  • One Day Festival tickets – April 15th (Chinese and English)

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Diving into Exploring Education

While each of the strands holds equal weight and importance at the Festival of Education 2019, and wellbeing is especially well-represented this year, it is worth drawing attention to the Exploring Education thread. This is represented by many excellent speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise with audiences.

Here is a selection of the highly influential thinkers who will be making presentations at the 2019 Festival of Education:

A writer’s education

Off the Wall: A riotous consideration of alternative forms of education

Ian Marchant

Shanghai | Hangzhou | Tianjin

Ian Peter Marchant is an English writer, broadcaster and performer born in Guildford, England.  He is best known for his non-fiction works — mainly travel writing and memoir — but he has also written two novels and several other books, as well as short stories and newspaper articles. His most recent book, A Hero for High Times, was one of The Times’ books of the year, and considered the role of counterculture in post-war Britain.

What do smart students need the most? How to challenge and support our most able learners (as teachers and parents), based on worldwide research and effective practice

Learning with Leonardo: What are the 7 key concepts that drove Da Vinci’s thinking and how can we still use them to improve our own abilities, 500 years after his death?

Ian Warwick

Shanghai | Hangzhou | Tianjin

Ian Warwick founded LG&T (londongt.org) as part of the groundbreaking London Challenge, which has transformed education across the capital city since 2003. LG&T have directly worked with well over 4,000 schools and 11,000 teachers internationally and more than 150,000 educators worldwide have used their award- winning high challenge e-learning materials. He has worked directly with networks of schools and universities in many countries across Europe and Africa, as well as the Middle and Far East, working with them to develop tailored learning resources and courses. He is proud to be a Founding Trustee of Anno’s Africa.

Driving social and global mobility: How schools and their communities can lead the solution to the one of the biggest societal challenges of our times

Girls, girls, girls: The challenges girls face in the world, and how parents in particular can support them

Dr Helen Wright

Shanghai | Hangzhou

Dr Helen Wright has had an energetic career spanning 25 years to date in the UK and international education sector, including 13 years leading schools as head, combined with a number of national and international roles, including as vice chair of the UK Independent Schools’ Council. She chairs two national UK education charities and one strategic lifelong learning board in a global organization.