Councillor Amanda Chadderton. Published: Monday, 14th May 2018

We’re holding the first-ever Oldham Learning Festival – and we want you to join us and take part.

The new two-week long event – organised by Oldham Council in partnership with the Oldham Education Partnership and the Opportunities Area – aims to highlight the good work being done around education in the borough and also to help move learning forward.

The festival will run from Monday, June 25 until Friday, July 6 and will include talks, keynote speeches, workshops, demonstrations, training events, exhibitions and seminars being held across various venues.

It is aimed at school leaders, teachers, governors, professionals, businesses, council officers, third sector, voluntary sector and private business colleagues and, of course children, young people and families.

The five main themes of the festival will focus on leadership, social mobility, reducing disadvantage, supporting mental health and wellbeing for all and STEM (Inspiring and encouraging the scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians of the future).

The first week of the festival offers something for everyone and is packed with inspiring presenters and guests, including Floyd Woodrow (CEO Chrysalis Worldwide and Professional Coach) Gavin Oattes (CEO Tree of Knowledge), Dame Alison Peacock (Chartered College of Teaching) plus many more.

The second week will be centred on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the potential opportunities and careers these areas of study could open to you.

We’ll also be hosting a STEM Festival during the week alongside the main events and you’ll get the chance to explore a number fringe events, organised by local organisations and business.

Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for Education and Early Years, said: “The Oldham Learning Festival will give residents and visitors the opportunity to learn about the work the council and our partners are doing to improve education across the borough.

“But it’s more than just that – it is a chance for everyone who has an interest in our young people succeeding in life to come together and discuss how we can all help to achieve this.

“It promises to be a busy couple of weeks and we hope as many people as possible will join us.”

The event programme is currently being finalised and we are encouraging organisations and businesses to get involved and organise fringe events and host exhibition stalls, for example.

Your event or stall could be focused around anything that involves learning - including programmes, courses, workshops, learning, tours experiences or talks.

If you were already thinking of hosting an event, themed around education, technology or learning during the fortnight why not get involved with the festival and help us make it a success?

To tell us about your event or exhibition plans please visit www.oldham.gov.uk/olf and fill in the online form.

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