Learning festival unveils dates for 2015

Education Scotland has announced the dates for the return of the country’s largest education event, the Scottish Learning Festival for 2015.

The event, one of the biggest dates in Scotland’s education calendar, will take place on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September at the SECC in Glasgow.

The festival will focus on raising attainment and achievement, with registration for the event due to open in May. More information about the festival will become available on the SLF website over the coming months, but those wishing to attend are reminded to save the date in their diary.

Those interested in presenting a seminar at the festival can submit a proposal in January, when further information will become available on the SLF website.

Dr Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive at Education Scotland, said: “We’re excited to be bringing the Scottish Learning Festival to Glasgow again this year when we will be focusing on raising attainment and achievement.

“We had more than 3,000 practitioners attending from across a number of different educational settings including early years, primary, secondary, colleges and community learning and development, who were able to attend over 100 seminars, professional discussions and listen to keynote speeches by leading educationalists.

“We’re urging people to save the date in their diary and keep an eye out for registration opening in May to save their place. Further information about the festival and our guest speakers will be announced on the Scottish Learning Festival website over the next few months.”

As a precursor to the SLF in September 2015, Education Scotland is working with a range of partners to expand the scope of the festival and take it across Scotland with a series of events called SLF Extra, which will run from February until June 2015. This follows the first SLF Extra in partnership with EIS which took place in November 2014 focussed on leadership.

The next SLF Extra takes place at the Aberdeen Learning Festival on 17th February and will include keynote speeches, workshops and an exhibition, with more information to become available in January. More SLF Extra events are planned for the first half of 2015, with more information available from the SLF website.

Children in Scotland will also be hosting a series of six free regional half-day events focusing on pupil engagement and participation, as well as parental engagement for those working in the education sector. More information about these events including dates and locations is available on the Children in Scotland website.