Top speakers confirmed for prestigious Sheffield city conference

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FINAL details for one of Britain’s most prestigious education conferences - due to take place in Sheffield in January - have been confirmed.

A programme packed with high-powered national and international speakers has been drawn up by the hosts, Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University and the city council.

World-renowned experts, policy makers, education leaders, headteachers, academy principals and leading academics will all be descending on Sheffield in the New Year for the North of England Education Conference.

The conference will explore the cutting edge thinking, new ideas and innovative practice that will ‘shape the future education landscape’, both in and out of the classroom.

Speakers booked include Lord Robert Winston, Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Isaac Prilleltensky from the University of Miami, David Blunkett MP, Lord Baker of Dorking, chairman of the Edge Foundation, the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw and Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of The Place 2 Be and Kid’s Company.

The conference, now in its 109th year, will take place at Sheffield Hallam University from January 16 to 18.

The aim of the event is to encourage an atmosphere of collaboration between everyone attending which will last well beyond the conference itself.

Delegates have been registered from as far away as the Middle East.

A key theme of the conference will be the relationship between the mind and brain in relation to learning, schools, parents and healthy communities, specifically investigating the link between neuroscience and education.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children, said: “We are delighted to welcome this prestigious conference to our city.

“Innovative programming has attracted top educational professionals, headteachers and academics. Sheffield is hosting the conference alongside a Festival of Learning which will give communities the opportunity to celebrate in learning experiences.”