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The Festival of Education in a nutshell

17 Dec 2018
The Festival of Education provides opportunity for debate about education and its place in a rapidly changing world. With more than forty expert speakers delivering over ninety speeches and workshops across multiple-days in three different cities, the 2019 Festival is an event that will inspire debate, the sharing of knowledge, and international ‘best practice’.
The Wellington College China Festival of Education has its origins in the Festival of Education hosted at Wellington College in England, which has run for the past seven years and is now recognised as a benchmark international educational event. For the past three years Wellington College China has held its own Festival of Education, enjoying similar success in attracting people to discuss the most relevant questions and challenges facing modern education.
The festival offers five distinct strands

Early Years explores the various options on offer for Early Years development strategies, including inquiry into the value of play, the importance of balance, and the need to develop the ‘whole child’ while at the same time appreciating the need to encourage an early ability to focus on assigned tasks.
Wellbeing tackles the tough questions facing modern education, such as how a child can remain healthy and mentally balanced in environments where academic achievement is often measured in an unforgiving manner. Also, what can schools do to ensure that success in examinations is not achieved at the expense of a child’s wellbeing, self-worth, and happiness?
A Developing Romance looks at the complex and ever-evolving relationship between British and Chinese models of education. This involves an exploration of the many ways in which the two countries can come together, learn from each other, and perhaps create a ‘third-way’.

Exploring Education assesses current educational issues that are not covered by the festival’s other strands, including topics such as psychology, the built-environment of learning, and value of assessments.

Multilingualism considers the benefits and disadvantages of bi- and multilingual schooling and seeks to understand their effects on children.

Come and join other festival-goers who will explore, celebrate, learn, debate, and provoke. Be inspired by our speakers, participate in workshops and activities, and connect with other leading educationalists, teachers, students and parents.
Early Bird Tickets now available! 
The Wellington College China Festival of Education will take place on 12-13 April 2019 at Wellington College International Shanghai and Huili School Shanghai. To mark the launch of next year’s festival, we are offering an 'early bird' discount on all tickets.Book before 31st January to take advantage of the early bird discount.In 2017, over 500 people purchased tickets to attend the Festival of Education. This academic year, there are 2 types of tickets available:
  • One Day Festival tickets
  • Full Festival tickets
  Book your tickets now!


Sponsorship/exhibiting opportunities
The Festival of Education offers organisations the opportunity to engage with an influential and progressive education audience in a relaxed and welcoming environment. We have many sponsor options for April 2019, from exhibition space to partnership packages. All offer a platform to network and promote your organisation to educators and the Shanghai expat and local community involved in all areas of the education sector. Contact shanghai@festivalofeducation.cn to receive the partnership proposal.
Thank you to our Festival Partner

Thank you to our Shanghai Festival Sponsor

Thank you to our Festival Support