Festival of Education 2024

Thursday 4 July 2024

09:00 - 16:00

Wellington College

Duke's Ride, Berkshire, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7PU

The Festival of Education will be taking place at Wellington College, where it will host over 300 speakers from the education sector. NFER will be hosting four sessions on Thursday 4 July.

Please check this page closer to the event for a confirmed venue for these sessions.

What strategies make the biggest difference at improving teacher workload?

Thursday 4 July, 9.30-10.15

NFER’s Economist, Dawson McLean, will be presenting on how schools are managing the demands of teaching and how flexible working practices can also help improve recruitment and retention. He will be drawing on research, commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation, looking into teacher workload and flexible working approaches.

Covid-19: Tracking the long-term impact on children’s attainment and social skills

Thursday 4 July, 10.30-11.15

NFER’s Head of Classroom Practice and Workforce, Dr Ben Styles, will present on findings from NFER’s and Education Endowment Foundation’s ongoing research into the recovery of children’s reading, mathematics and social skills since the disruption to schools during Covid-19.

Supporting students with SEND: the challenges and opportunities facing multi-academy trusts

Thursday 4 July, 11.45-12.30

NFER’s Senior Research Manager, Matt Walker, will be drawing on research from NFER’s recent report ‘The MAT Factor’ to outline the challenges and opportunities facing MATs in helping to build a more inclusive system.

Advances in Classroom Tools: Using AI to create Formative Assessment

Thursday 4 July, 12.45-13.30

NFER Researchers, Kiran Arora and Daniel Jackson, will explore the potential of AI in enhancing formative assessment in the classroom. We will also highlight some of the pitfalls of utilising generative AI for assessment purposes and how these can be avoided.

Our research experts will also be a part of a number of other sessions:

Don’t Let The Nepo-babies Win – Helping Disadvantaged Young People into the World of Work

Friday 5 July, 9.30-10.15

NFER’s Research Director, Luke Bocock, will be joining Speakers for Schools’ session and will draw on research from NFER’s 5-year programme, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, The Skills Imperative 2035.

Why we should strive for an ethnically diverse workforce

Friday 5 July, 10.30-11.15, Venue 2

NFER’s Research Manager, Katherine Aston, will be joining Mission 44’s panel session to present on NFER’s recent review ‘Ethnic diversity in the teaching workforce’.