Top education conference to be held in Sheffield

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BRITAIN’S leading education conference is to be held in Sheffield next year - the first time the city has hosted the event for 16 years.

Sheffield Hallam University will host the North of England Education Conference from Wednesday to Friday, January 16 to 18, in partnership with Sheffield University’s School of Education.

The event has been a key date in the national education calendar for more than a century and attracts top educational professionals, headteachers and academics from all across the UK.

It is also usually addressed by the Education Secretary, often to announce major new policies - though this year’s event in Leeds was snubbed by current incumbent Michael Gove.

Instead, schools minister Nick Gibb spoke to delegates, along with shadow education minister Stephen Twigg, as part of a debate on the Government’s academies programme.

Past conferences have heard speeches by Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Williams, David Blunkett, Anthony Crosland, Kenneth Baker and Kenneth Clarke, who have used the event to sound out potential major policy changes among professionals.

The event is also a chance for decision makers in education, children’s services, the public sector and other organisations to meet and consider the latest thinking and legislation affecting children and young people.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children, said: “Innovative programming and a host of internationally-recognised speakers mean we’ll be attracting leading figures in the education world from all around the country.”

Speakers already confirmed include Hallam University’s chancellor Lord Winston, Professor Isaac Prilleltensky and head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw.