Over 3,000 delegates are expected 18 July-1 August at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds for the UK’s largest teacher training event.
Teach First returns to Leeds for a second year running for what is its 13th annual residential training event, Summer Institute.
Delegates will include: Teach First 2014 and 2015 participants, university tutors, plus school and business leaders. Across its 2014 and 2015 editions the event will have contributed a total investment of £5.5m to the city, organisers claim.
During the two weeks, Teach First will also host the two-day Impact Conference 2015 (29-30 July). Delegates will be able to network with over 150 practitioners and peers in 140 sessions.
Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, will speak at this year’s Impact Conference, as will Teach First’s founder and CEO, Brett Wigdortz OBE, and the television producer behind Blackadder John Lloyd.
There will be conference headline sponsorship from Barclays as part of the bank’s ‘5 Million Young Futures’ goal to help young people build enterprise, employability and financial skills.
Pearson this year becomes the Impact Conference’s CPD sponsor.
Teams from Well Met at Leeds Beckett University and MEETINLEEDS at the University of Leeds worked together to secure the event for Leeds. It had previously taken place at the University of Warwick.
Partners first direct arena and accommodation providers Unite, University of Leeds, Grey Star and Campus Living Villages are set to provide additional venue space and bedrooms for the conference.
Speaking ahead of the event, Director of Leadership for Teach First, Reuben Moore said: “Teach First has worked closely with our colleagues at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds over the last year, planning and preparing the venues and a packed programme. The event space provides the perfect setting in the heart of Leeds, where we can accommodate all of our participants and deliver our high quality training, as part of their two-year Leadership Development Programme.”
Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds said the conference and Summer Institute represented “a real coup for the city of Leeds”.