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'Powerhouse' line-up of speakers announced for education festival in Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 16:07 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:07 24 April 2019

Dr Nikos Savvas, chief executive and principal West Suffolk College  Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COLLEGE

Dr Nikos Savvas, chief executive and principal West Suffolk College Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COLLEGE

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An Apple bigwig and the head of Ofsted will be among the varied speakers at an international education festival being held in Bury St Edmunds later this year.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted chief inspector, is interviewed by Geoff Barton (right), former headteacher at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds at last year's event Picture: DANNY HEWITTAmanda Spielman, Ofsted chief inspector, is interviewed by Geoff Barton (right), former headteacher at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds at last year's event Picture: DANNY HEWITT

Hosted by West Suffolk College, the International Festival of Learning (IFL East) will take place on Friday, June 28 and will see around 1,500 education leaders, teachers, lecturers and business people attend.

The theme of the festival is Education 2030, which is underpinned by the Pearson Future of Skills 2030 Report and embraces a full examination of how uniquely human traits will be needed to interface with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Speakers such as Chris McFall, Apple's national education development manager, and Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's chief inspector, will address delegates as well as the chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching Dame Alison Peacock, and Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England.

Also speaking is Dr Beth Mosley, who works as a full-time clinical psychologist at Thurston Community College, near Bury St Edmunds, after a pioneering project was launched in partnership with the region's mental health trust to improve student wellbeing.

Dr Beth Mosley, who is clinical psychologist at Thurston Community College Picture: WSCCGDr Beth Mosley, who is clinical psychologist at Thurston Community College Picture: WSCCG

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Other speakers include Simon Thompson, from BT, who will discuss AI, while Alistair Bartlett, from Suffolk One, will look at Google for education.

More than 70 sessions will be available to delegates on topics such as managing workload, teaching practices, assessment, lifelong learning and teaching training.

Dr Nikos Savvas, principal of West Suffolk College, said: 'I am delighted that Amanda Spielman is joining us again at our International Festival of Learning in June.

“It is testimony to the high calibre of the event and reflective of the powerhouse of speakers we have lined up.

Darren Henley, chief executive of the Arts Council England will speak at the festival Picture: ARTS COUNCIL ENGLANDDarren Henley, chief executive of the Arts Council England will speak at the festival Picture: ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

“Amanda will bring an insight that will be invaluable to our audience.

“I thank her and all our speakers for their time, energy and commitment to our festival.”

Rob Walden, festival organiser, said: “The IFL East is more than just a one-off festival, it is a movement of interconnected educators and businesses, aligned with the same mission to inspire, be inspired and facilitate outstanding education.”

For more information on the festival and to book tickets, click here.

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