The Education Show 2018 returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 15-17 March

The Education Show 2018 returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 15-17 March

And this year invites educators to get hands on with a celebration of creativity in the classroom. For 27 years the Education Show has been the event to attend for educators across the UK wishing to find out how to generate a sense of inspiration and creativity among teachers and students alike, as well as those wanting to keep up to date with the latest trends in education supplies and pedagogy. This year, the Education Show will highlight three topical areas that will be key for teachers, school leaders and education policy makers alike in the coming year: creativity, wellbeing and literacy.

As a prestigious education and learning community platform, The Education Show is once again set to provide professionals with the most innovative ideas, resources, and insight to enhance their passion for pedagogy. Visitors of The Education Show can expect to learn from education experts as well as a wide range of celebrity guests, including former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet and Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcy Bussell and author of beloved children’s books, Michael Rosen. The 2018 show will celebrate the mix of practicality, fun and creativity that teachers bring to their roles every day, while supporting the knowledge and commitment of schools to preparing students for modern life.

Each year, the event gives more than 10,000 visitors the chance to see the products and resources that are transforming teaching and learning. Featuring over 225 of the most creative education solutions and resources from well-loved brands and exciting new companies, visitors will be able to get hands on with what inspires children to learn and thrive. Educators, policy makers and leading speakers join in a diverse programme of seminars during the event, helping to equip teachers to be able to navigate policy changes and create a fun interactive learning environment for pupils of any age.

Here’s a sample of what’s on offer…

Free CPD and training

As always, visitors will have access to an extensive programme of free continuing professional development (CPD). The peer-led programme brings together expert teachers from across the UK to share their share new ideas for teaching in the classroom in an interactive and fun way. The focus this year is on hands on workshops, to better support you in engaging your students with creative lesson planning ideas.

An Arts and Crafts Workshop will be delivered by Kate, a Teacher Adviser awith over 15 years of teaching experience and a breadth of knowledge and hands on experience within the classroom. Kate will share how using crafts have played a role in EAL language focus and fine motor skills development, and why you should consider using craft activities in the classroom.

There will be a specific area dedicated to Health and Wellbeing; an area with the latest products and solutions to support physical and mental health and wellbeing in education. The zone aims to make it easy for you to speak to a number of leading providers about their cost effective solutions that can help support you in your PE provision, outdoor learning, wellbeing and health.

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This year, a new workshop called Teaching with Creativity will be THE place to be if you want to inject creativity into your lessons and help students to feel engaged. A completely free programme of activities for primary teachers, to help spark students’ curiosity and develop thinking skills will be on offer. There will also be expert sessions from the BBC, ArtsMark Award, Direct Ed and Seppio. All of these workshops have been tailored to support you in adding creativity to your lesson planning.

As usual, there will be an area to showcase ‘best in class’ start-ups and explore emerging learning technologies and methodologies. Visitors can discover a myriad of the best new products and solutions for the classroom, courtesy of these innovative up and coming organisations.

There is a lot to be excited about in the speaker sessions. Below you can see a sample of what will be happening on the Main Stage:

  • Case study: build a successful wellbeing programme in 200 days! The UK has increasing teacher stress-related issues and student mental health problems. The Deputy Headteacher of Aureus School will explain how a successful wellbeing curriculum has been designed and implemented for every person in the school.
  • Proving progress and predicting SATs The Deputy Head of Battle and Langton CE Primary School will explain how and why his school uses data, generated by computer adaptive testing, to check attainment, relative progress of all children, to inform and monitor impact of interventions and reliably predict SATs results.
  • Using dance fitness to improve student wellbeing In February 2017 Dame Darcey Bussell spoke at the Houses of Parliament advocating Performing Arts, dance fitness and physical literacy in schools. A year on she will be chatting about the impact that dance fitness on the mental wellbeing of students.
  • Learning Outside the Classroom – Why & How? Many teachers are aware that learning outside the classroom (LOtC) can have enormous benefits, but are uncertain about how they can develop their own LOtC practice. This session will offer practical lesson ideas and tips for overcoming potential barriers.
  • Working with SEND pupils in a primary classroom With the increase in the number of children with complex needs in mainstream schools, teachers need to have a clear understanding of the individual needs of their pupils. This session will offer practical strategies and solutions for supporting children with a variety of SEND in a primary classroom.
  • Disney West End musicals: bringing learning to life in your classroom Gain insights from teaching professionals as they share their experiences of using the shows’ curriculum-linked Education Programmes, designed to enhance pupils’ visit and their learning opportunities whilst encouraging them to expand their abilities. Hear top tips on how to fulfil a theatre trip to London and how the benefits of seeing a Disney musical can positively impact pupils of all ages.

This year the Education Show is certainly bringing the classroom to life! You’ll find the latest practical resources and innovative solutions to make a real impact in your classroom for the school year ahead.

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.”

Whether you’re seeking the insight of experts on innovative teaching strategies, looking for the best products for your classroom, or just seeking some quality networking time with teachers from across the country, The Education Show 2018 has what you’re looking for!

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 You can also follow @EducationShow on Twitter for all the latest news and updates!