Conference brings economic windfall

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A TOP education conference now under way in Sheffield is expected to give a £100,000 boost to the city’s economy.

More than 350 delegates from all over the country have been attending the annual North of England Education Conference, which concludes today.

The conference at Sheffield Hallam University is one of the biggest in the country and it is hoped it will highlight Sheffield’s growing reputation as a destination for high-profile events.

More than 80 leading speakers from all over the world have been discussing our understanding of the mind and brain and how people learn.

Speakers include Professor Tanya Byron, a leading consultant clinical psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health, and Professor Isaac Prilleltensky, from Miami University, as well as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Delegates will be focusing on the mind and brain in relation to learning, schools, parents and healthy communities, specifically investigating the link between neuroscience and education.

The city welcomes more than two million conference delegates every year and conferencing and business event tourism is currently estimated to be worth about £226 million to the area.

Spending is spread across hotels, restaurants, shops, attractions and transport to benefit a range of businesses.