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Wellington College Festival of Education 2019
Fri 19-04-2019 - Sat 20-04-2019
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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 鈥榖est practice鈥.

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.

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The festival offers five distinct strands:

- Early Years, which 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 鈥榳hole child鈥 while at the same time appreciating the need to encourage an early ability to focus on assigned tasks.

- Wellbeing, which 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鈥檚 wellbeing, self-worth, and happiness?

- A Developing Romance, which 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 鈥榯hird-way鈥.

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

- Multilingualism, which 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.

Headline Speakers | 2019

The Wellington College China Festival of Education never fails to provide an inspiring line-up and this year is no different. Alongside over 20 speakers, we are also delighted to host the following headliners:


Writer, performer and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax will question her audience on what is it that makes us truly human.


Director of Culture, one of his many talents is organising art and literary festivals, Dr Stephen Jacobi will talk about technology, academic honesty and what the future might hold for the ways we think.

Ian Marchant author

Outstanding novelist, non-fiction writer and broadcaster Ian Merchant will talk about alternative education.


Festival returnee Ian Warwick will develop his thoughtful contributions from 2016 and 2017.

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Dr Terry Qian, a renowned independent researcher, and educational consultant will discuss how a radical rethink of the education system is required to help children succeed in their lives after school.

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Inventor of the Leuven Scales for emotional wellbeing, Professor Ferre Laevers, will offer his perspectives on what it means to be properly involved with life.


Writer Lenora Chu, author of the book 鈥楲ittle Soldiers', will explore the tension between Chinese and Western concepts of education.


Charity Director, photographer and film producerm, Bee Gilbert set up a charity called Anno's Africa. She will present 'Gender inequality in education in poor environments'.


Year 5 Teacher and IPC Coordinator of Wellington College International Shanghai, Tia Luker has 12 years of teaching experience. She will talk about 'Engineering with confidence'.


Learning Support and Dyslexia Therapist, Elis Poh will advise parents and teachers on the best approaches and provisions to support the development and achievement of the child.


After living in eight different countries across four different continents, Patricia Zayan has acquired a personal understanding of what it means to be a TCK (Third Culture Kid). She will talk about the anxiety about being a 'third culture kid'.

Tickets now available

The Wellington College China Festival of Education will take place on 12-13 April 2019 in Shanghai, 14-15 April in Hangzhou, finishing on 19-20 April in Tianjin.

Register here: In 2017, over 500 people purchased tickets to attend the Festival of Education. This year, there are 2 types of ticket available:

鈥 One Day Festival tickets
鈥 Full Festival tickets

Book your tickets now!


Wellington College Festival of Education team

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