The Schools and Academies Show

The Schools and Academies Show, taking place on 27 April in London, gives education professionals the opportunity to hear from top industry speakers on ways to tackle the challenges in the sector

The UK’s largest education policy event returns to London to deliver an unforgettable face-to-face experience for leaders across the education sector, for the first time in two years.
After the success of our first in-person show in two years in Birmingham, we’re excited to be back hosting our next live Schools & Academies Show at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London on Wednesday the 27 April 2022.
The Schools & Academies Show is a staple in the education calendar and over a decade has now become the go-to event for education leaders to source solutions for their schools, meet innovative suppliers, network with like-minded peers and hear from the most influential policy makers and decision makers in education.
Our show unites the biggest names across the UK’s education sector to share insights, advice and solutions. Attending our show presents all education professionals with a fantastic opportunity to discover inventive ways to tackle the day to day challenges that arise across the sector.
Your free ticket will give you access to over 30 hours of CPD accredited content, spanning across nine themed theatres. Visitors will also have eight hours of peer to peer networking and access to meet with over 140 leading education suppliers showcasing revolutionary products & services for the sector.

The Schools and Academies Show is proudly supported by the Department of Education and the Education & Skills Funding Agency. There is no other event in the country that attracts over 3,000 senior education leaders for networking opportunities all under one roof.  
Our organisers work very hard to meet the growing demand from the sector by inviting the best in educations speakers to share their knowledge, expertise and guidance on how schools, academies and MATs can better adapt to the changing landscape.

Top education speakers

This year we are proud to have a great selection of talented speakers, including a keynote address from Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman.
Dominic Herrington, National Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education will be discussing how Multi-Academy Trusts are challenged to ensure strong long-term improvement, as well as the importance of collaboration between Multi-Academy Trusts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kevin Draisey, from the DfE’s Commercial team will discuss the support that schools can get with their procurement. Aimed at Schools-Business Professionals, this session will introduce Get help buying for schools and how to access the service, as well as detail the DfE’s approved frameworks and what they cover. He will also advise how using DfE approved frameworks can help schools get value for money and support.
Also speaking will be Sofia Costa, EdTech Policy Advisor at the Department for Education. She will be discussing how the importance of a strategic approach to the use of technology in a school, and how technology should form part of the school’s improvement plans, to assist in delivering goals and enhance the school’s vision. Sofia will also tackle what stakeholders should be involved in the process, and how upskilling staff needs to be part of the strategic plan.
Tim Bowen, National President at the NAHT, and Stephen Morales, Chief Executive at the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL), will also present, as will Rachel Sylvester, Political Editor at The Times and Chair of The Times Education Commission, and Serdar Ferit, Co-Founder & CEO of Lyfta.
Other speakers include Andy McHugh, Teacher and Editor at HWRK Magazine, Hannah Stolton, CEO of Governors for Schools, and Sharon Warmington, Founder of the National Black Governors Network and National Association of School and College Clerks.
Tom Goldman, Deputy Director at the DfE’s Funding Policy Unit will also be speaking, as well as many more. Each speaker, dedicated to their respected craft across the education sector will lead in either a keynote session, live debate or discussion, or tailored workshops, ensuring visitors feel empowered, inspired and ready to implement key techniques, guidance and resources at the forefront of their institution.
Schools & Academies Show Extra

New for 2022, we have now launched Schools & Academies Show Extra, an additional virtual day on our ConnectEd platform on Thursday the 28th April. This extra virtual day is exclusive all show registrants, as well as our Hosted Leaders and will provide visitors & exhibitors with the chance to take part in virtual 1-2-1 meetings the day after the in-person show.
Schools & Academies Show Extra will also include limited on-demand content that does not get covered at the face-to-face event.     

Registering for the show

Registration for The Schools & Academies Show is free for those working in schools, multi-academy trusts, charities, and local and central government. Register for free on our website at
By registering early, you’ll be the first to receive the latest insights, initiatives and guidance on the changes shaping the ever-evolving education sector.
Once you are registered for the show, you will receive a confirmation email and then approximately four weeks before the event you will be given login details to the ConnectEd Platform where you can start to benefit from the event experience.

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