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1. Oldham Learning Festival 2019

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The Oldham Learning Festival was back again following the success of last summer’s first event. OLF19 took place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and fringe events at various sites across the borough, from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 July 2019.

Watch the festival highlights and see the learning experience that took place with guest speakers, workshops, exhibitions and more, all in one exciting week!

Media Coverage

Keynote Speakers

Improving Outcomes Through Health & Wellbeing and Leadership

  • Adrian Bethune, (Founder of Teachappy) – ‘How to support the emotional health and wellbeing of children in school’ | @AdrianBethune
  • Professor Ruth Lupton and Louisa Dawes (School of Environment, Education & Development - The University of Manchester)  – ‘Responding to poverty and disadvantage in schools – growing challenges and what schools can do about them’ | @ruthlupton@LouisaDawes
  • Andy Buck (CEO Leadership Matters) ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen – How all school leaders can create a wholeschool ethos of mastery, empowerment and impact’ | @Andy_Buck

Transforming Educational Outcomes Through an Effective Curriculum & High-Quality Pedagogy

  • Geoff Barton (General Secretary ASCL) – ‘Optimistic Leadership in Turbulent Times’ | @RealGeoffBarton
  • Dan Owen (Her Majesty's Inspector & Ofsted Specialist Advisor for School Inspection Policy) ‘Improving educational outcomes through the new educational improvement framework’ | @Ofstednews
  • Tom Martell (Regional Strategy Lead: Education Endowment Foundation). ‘What does the research evidence tell us about effective curriculum and Pedagogy?’ | @Martell_Tom
  • Dr Jo Pearson (Oldham Research School Lead and Teamwork’s Teaching School Alliance) ‘The role of Evidence in meeting Oldham’s challenges’ | @jopearson3
  • The REAL David Cameron ‘A national perspective on pedagogy and the curriculum | @realdcameron

Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ Compass for Life Model for Yr 9 & 10 pupils | 'Compass for life' for adults

  • Floyd Woodrow MBE - Author, Speaker, Former Military Serviceman, Managing Director and founder of Chrysalis Worldwide  | @floydwoodrow

Managing the Stretch and Strain – Building and Sustaining Personal Resilience and Resourcefulness

Presentation and Workshop Resources

Exhibitors and Organisations at the Festival Market Place

Programme Guide

You can view the full OLF19 Programme Guide for all the events that took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall during the festival week.


Feel free to contact us if you have a query regarding the festival or would like to suggest ideas for the next one.