One of the great jobs I have in LTS is leading the Scottish Learning Festival. The event is now in it’s 9th year and has evolved from being an exclusive ICT event into the major national showcase for Scottish Education.
SLF2008 takes place over two days, 24 and 25 September, in Glasgow’s SECC. This year the event will be opened by Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hislop and the SLF programme will feature international keynote speakers, 150 seminars and an exhibition of educational resources.
The main theme of this year’s event is Curriculum for Excellence with Glow in support.
We already have 30 out of the 32 local authorities signed-up to take part in practice sharing/showcasing Education Village. Specialised areas will also be dedicated to Health, Early Years and the national cultural sector.
Over the last couple of years an SLF Fringe has started to develop and this year we expect to see the 3rd TeachMeet event at SLF as well as something happening around education futures.
SLF was recently evaluated by George Street research and levels of satisfaction were around the 90% mark with a high proportion of attendees reporting a positive impact on their classroom practice.
We currently have 1125 advanced bookings (with over 300 new attendees) – double the number at this time last year – and expect more than 7,000 to attend over the two days. Advance bookings for the seminars are being taken online and already some seminars are filling up. Last year a number of seminars were oversubscribed so get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.
As we get closer to September I will blog some more on the SLF programme and pick out what I consider to be the highlights.