1 Marquee, 14 Speakers, 80 kilos of sweets and 1 bottle of suncream!

This weekend RM Education joined anybody who’s anybody in Education (including Michael Gove) at the beautiful grounds of Wellington College for two days of debate, CPD and networking at The Sunday Times Festival of Education.


The Festival brings together a great range of speakers such as Ruby Wax, Christine Blower, Alvin Hall, David Baddiel and Lauren Child. Allowing festival goers to wander from marquee to marquee listening to inspirational talks and seeing the latest products and services in education.

The RM Education marquee held comprehensive schedule of speakers from schools using RM software to raise attainment and top CPD authors whose books can be purchased through RM Books.

Here’s a flavour of what we covered:

Manchester Academy shared the results from their 5 month trail with underperforming white, British students. Extremely topical with the news this week.

Shireland Collegiate Academy continued their journey with RM Books and shared the latest projects they are undertaking to get to the next level.

• A group of more able students from St Julian’s Primary talked about their use of ebooks. Even helping round up the crowds for their presentations…they presented a very compelling case!

Plus many more…

• We also hosted author Ali Sparkes from Oxford University Press – It was great to see students in the audience who were obviously inspired by her books

David Didau, Martin Robinson, Claire Gadsby and Hywel Roberts from Crown House Publications also presented to a packed marquee – books available this week.


This was an event like no other, famous chefs, Hollywood celebrities and cabinet ministers; there was a fantastic atmosphere to the event with groups of students and teachers discussing what they had heard whilst enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the odd bag of sweets from the RM tent.

How to stop a riot with Rioja: The RM Education and Crown House Publishing drinks reception was extremely popular when Michael Gove was stuck in traffic before his headlining slot on Friday evening. Suddenly 800 hot and tired delegates descended on 3 tables of wine, it was all hands to the deck with every member of RM staff grabbing a bottle and filling glasses.


It was a fantastic festival, a truly unique education event. We look forwards to seeing what next year will bring!

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