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A Festival of Education and a Cross-roads for the Future

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stephen perse foundation

The experience of attending the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College is unique. First, it really does feel like a festival. A bit rock and roll for conventional educational events, delegates are encouraged to dress down and hang loose. Apparently 200 delegates took advantage of “glamping” in the grounds of Wellington. The first keynote session on Saturday morning was perhaps not as well attended as one would expect with Lord Adonis headlining – Sir Anthony Seldon put this down to “glampers” enjoying a lively party late into the previous night.

Whatever the truth of this, it has to be said that the Festival is an event which galvanises real thought about the purpose of education. What is education for? What is learning for? A range of fascinating speakers addressed these and related issues over the two days of the festival. The setting of Wellington College was inspiring against…

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