The Schools & Academies Show

The Schools & Academies Show in London on 17 May brings together thousands of school and academy leaders to connect, discuss new ideas and debate the biggest challenges and trends that will shape the future of the education sector

The Schools & Academies Show makes its anticipated return to the ExCeL Centre on 17th May, bringing together school and academy leaders to connect, spark new ideas and discuss the biggest challenges and the emerging trends that will shape the future of the education sector.
Attendees at the show will gain access to over 30 hours of CPD certified content, spanning across seven themed seminar theatres, including SEND, Business & Finance and School Improvement, ensuring the show attracts a broad range of education professionals and key decision makers.
Building on the incredible positive response from last year’s show, this year, we are going one step further to make it our biggest and best show yet! This year’s show will host the brand-new Teaching and Learning Theatre, providing frontline teachers with best practice examples of teaching in the classroom to ensure they feel empowered to make positive change and improve outcomes for all pupils.

Hear from leading practitioners, experts and government officials

The show will feature over 150 of the sector’s most decorated and inspiring speakers to share their knowledge, expertise and practical guidance. One such speaker is Sir Mo Farah, Olympic Gold Medallist, who will be taking part in an interactive interview where he will be sharing how education played a part in his Journey to Olympic Gold, and the value of extracurricular activities like PE to student development. He’ll also share why believing in one student and helping them to achieve lays the foundation for future generations.
Other speakers include Stephen Morales, Chief Executive of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL), Paul Gosling, President of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), and Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation.
Emma Knights OBE, CEO of the National Governance Association will also be sharing her wisdom, as will Evelyn Forde MBE, President of the ASCL, and Prof. Dame Allison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Other speakers include Baroness Blower, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession, Terry Clasper from the DfE’s National Tutoring Programme, and Natalie Perera, Chair of the EPI.

 Each speaker, dedicated to their respected craft across the education sector, will lead in either a keynote session, live debate or discussion or tailored workshop, ensuring our visitors feel empowered, inspired and ready to implement key techniques, guidance and resources at the forefront of their institution to drive significant improvements.

Make valuable connections with your peers

The show is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet new people, make connections, build relationships, and discover new organisations via our dedicated networking areas.
The Government Education Village will return, providing a dedicated area for visitors to meet with senior representatives from the Department for Education and learn more about upcoming policy and developments within the sector, whilst having their questions answered in an informal setting.
Will Bourke who works for the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies service will provide a performance update of the service, the updated key features and plans for the future – all to help schools save money on school recruitment and support teachers in finding the right school for them.
Alongside this, the ConnectEd Lounge, provides a platform for attendees to connect and collaborate via one-to-one meetings at the show. The Educator’s Networking Hour, taking place within the networking area at the end of the show will also return, for visitors to connect, share their experiences and develop key partnerships with their peers.

Meet with leading suppliers

The exhibition floor will host over 150 innovative education suppliers, showcasing the latest cutting-edge products and services designed to support school improvements. With dedicated zones for specific exhibitors, including Buildings & Estates, Workforce & Recruitment and Business & Finance, this is a perfect platform for attendees to source solutions for their school, academy or MAT and test the latest innovative products.

The Teaching and Learning Theatre

To ensure that the show attracts a broad range of influencers and key decision makers in education, for 2023 the Teaching & Learning Theatre has been established, providing frontline teachers and practitioners with practical advice, strategic insights and best practice examples that can be implemented across their school, academy or MAT.
There will a session on how to build your curriculum, which will answer questions such as how schools can develop the right blend of knowledge and skills for a fulfilling life and what type of curriculum will enable staff to maximise their skills, passion and potential. The session will be chaired by Alix Robertson from the Centre for Education and Youth and include speakers such as Emma McCrea from Oak National Academy.

Registration is free

Registration is completely free for schools, academies, MATs, local authorities, central government, specialist charities and the wider education sector. Register your free place to join us and be a part of the conversation!