With technology still high on the agenda in UK classrooms, the dedicated ‘Learning through Technology’ zone will be returning to the show floor once again. According to BESA’s ICT in UK State Schools research, over half of schools in the UK anticipate more than 53% of teaching time will incorporate ICT by 2016 and this growth is expected to increase to 57% of teaching time by 2017. The Learning through Technology zone has been developed to address the ever-growing importance of technology in learning, with a range of resources and expert advice available for anyone seeking guidance in this area.
A jam-packed programme of new content, inspiring training and development, and pioneering educational suppliers will be available throughout the show. The Education Show 2016 will provide all of the insight you need for a successful career in the world of education, from innovative teaching resources and technologies, to educational charities and organisations. Each year, the show attracts over 10,000 visitors, from primary, secondary and higher education backgrounds, all offering a wealth of knowledge and experience in their fields.
In support of the continuing importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, the Education Show 2016 has partnered with the Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK which runs from 16–19 March also at the NEC, Birmingham. The Big Bang Fair provides a combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well as careers information from STEM professionals.
This year, both shows will be coming together to bring classroom learning to life, showcasing how the STEM subjects help prepare students for life beyond education.
Also new for 2016, the Education Show furthers its mission to provide educators with the highest-quality free continuing professional development (CPD) and resources, by partnering with non-profit organisation, the Teacher Development Trust.
The Teacher Development Trust is taking a national lead on improving standards for CPD and will be partnering with the Education Show to improve access to high-quality CPD in line with the new standards for professional learning. The Education Show’s CPD programme is peer-led and free to all practitioners, to ensure teachers get as much out of the event as possible.
For school leaders, the School Leaders Summit is not to be missed. It is dedicated to individuals with a leader role in a school, to provide an environment where like-minded educators can learn, network and share ideas. A combination of case studies, panel debates and networking opportunities will cover a wide range of topics focusing on obstacles facing school leaders today. Subjects include overcoming life with assessment levels, using pupil premium effectively to raise student attainment, and using technology to enhance learning among many more. This exclusive opportunity will enable you to be at the forefront of educational changes and take home vital tools to help you further improve your school.
- Jigsaw School Apps is helping revolutionise parental engagement by building a set of customised, branded apps for parents, available for free on iPhone, Android and Windows. The apps have a web-based control panel for schools to add news, events, surveys, PDF documents and more. They also have automatic translation into 80+ languages which helps make all parents feel included in their child’s school life. Pop by stand A18 to hear more about driving parental engagement!
- On stand K19, you will find Reading Plus®, a new web-based program that bridges the gap between functional literacy skills and reading for meaning. It is proven to develop silent reading rates – an essential and often overlooked element of proficient reading – by providing an extensive online library of engaging texts suitable for children with a reading age of eight plus. The software can be used both in school and from home.
- Another stand worth a visit is Educater on stand H30. Educater is a person-centred communication system built specifically for the education sector. It is designed to dramatically reduce the administration burden within several key areas, including school tracking and assessment, and SEND paperwork. The team will be on hand at the show to provide demonstrations of the system and answer any questions about streamlining school processes.
- SATs Companion, on stand J18 is a unique, comprehensive online resource to help pupils prepare for the new 2016 KS2 SATs at home or at school. Created by a team of qualified teachers, the system has an advanced question and test bank that allows differentiated questions, contents, and styles. The company provides timed practice test sets, printable worksheets, digital micro lessons, a revision bank, advanced reporting, instant marking, a pupil rewards system and progress trackers.
The SEN Information Point will once again be hosted by nasen, providing visitors with valuable insight into policy changes and the statutory requirements of the new SEND Code of Practice. Nasen also helped to curate the show’s three-day SEN CPD programme; free to attend seminars and workshops developed to enable best practices and outstanding methodology for pupils with SEN to be shared and discussed.
To help exhibitors plan their route around the show, the British Educational Supplier’s Association (BESA) will be on hand at the BESA Show Information Point. The association’s knowledge and experience will help visitors plan their time at the event and ensure they get as much out of it as possible.
Whatever your areas of interest, there are plenty of invaluable opportunities to justify your visit to the show.
For more information or to register, please visit: www.education-show.com