The Festival of Education in a nutshell

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 ‘best practice’.

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.

The festival offers five distinct strands

Early Years 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 ‘whole child’ while at the same time appreciating the need to encourage an early ability to focus on assigned tasks.

Wellbeing 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’s wellbeing, self-worth, and happiness?

A Developing Romance 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 ‘third-way’.

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

Multilingualism 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.

Early Bird Tickets now available! 

The Wellington College China Festival of Education will take place on 14-15 April 2019 at Wellington College Hangzhou. To mark the launch of this festival, we are offering an ‘early bird’ discount on all tickets.

Book before 31st January to take advantage of the early bird discount.

This academic year, there are 3 types of tickets available:

  • Full Festival tickets
  • One Day Festival tickets – April 14 (English only)
  • One Day Festival tickets – April 15 (Chinese and English)

Please kindly be reminded that all presentations and discussions will be in English only on Sunday, April 14. Presentations and speeches will be available in a bilingual format on Monday, April 15.

Book your tickets now!

Thank you to our Festival Partner

Thank you to our Hangzhou Festival Sponsor

Thank you to our Festival Support