Primary Schools across the country are invited to join a virtual ‘Celebration of Education’ week 14-18th June

Event provides workshops with world class authors and educational professionals for children, parents and staff

Photograph: Cotgrave Candleby Lane School children, teachers, and parents join event organisers to mark their participation in the upcoming event. Photo credits Lou Brimble

A week-long virtual event has been organised by a Nottinghamshire primary multi-academy trust, inviting schools to join in a celebration of the work of those within the education sector and school communities.

The ‘Celebration of Education’ event, taking place between the 14th– 18th June, is organised by the Flying High Partnership and has sessions for pupils and parents as well as an array of development workshops for all staff who support schools, – from site managers to teaching staff.

The event features participation by world class children’s authors including Michael Rosen, Lisa Thompson, and Katherine Rundell as well as a host of inspirational speakers for parents and staff including Steve Radcliffe, who will provide an introduction to his book, ‘Future- Engage-Deliver’.

Paul Goodman is Deputy CEO of The Flying High Partnership and explained the event is open to any primary school. “The week-long ‘Celebration of Education’ represents an incredible opportunity for schools far and wide to engage staff in the highest quality CPL (continuous professional learning) and provide inspiring opportunities for their children and parents. Over the last 18 months, all parts of school communities have stepped up and given so much to ensure our children haven’t missed out. This event is an opportunity to give back and to celebrate those working in education and everything they have achieved.”

The event schedules workshops with authors and educational experts as well as a keynote speech by Steve Cunningham, an inspiring embodiment of resilience and success who has been described as ‘the fastest blind man on the planet’.

Photograph: Count us in! Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy will participate in the event.

Elaine Fearn (Training and Development Coordinator, Flying High Partnership) says schools are now able to join the event via their website, “We are seeing lots of schools signing up for the event now and there is a joyful anticipation of the week’s programme.  This event will be inclusive for all, with sessions for children, parents and all school staff, -bringing the school community together to celebrate all that they have achieved over this past year. We have some truly amazing and inspirational speakers, and this is, of course, a ‘celebration’ so we will have a grand finale to round off the week!”

Fellow organiser Victoria Jones (Training and Development Manager, Flying High Partnership) said, “What better way to bring everyone in education together than have a week-long event with a focus for each group of the school community. A particular advantage is that this event is accessible to all, including small rural schools who don’t have the capacity, or often the funds, to attend such events.” The cost of the event to schools is £55 for the week said Victoria. “The small price for such quality speakers and workshops allows all schools to take part. If they are unable to take part ‘live’, – they can watch and use the recordings how they wish. There just isn’t anything else like it for the whole school community! Join us and celebrate education”.

Photograph: Children at Horsendale Primary School in Nuthall will join the event.

Chris Wheatley is CEO of The Flying High Partnership and said, “We hope that schools across the country will join us in this exciting event. Organisers have arranged a stellar cast of authors and speakers who will deliver fun workshops for pupils and families to take part in, as well as valuable content for staff across the board.

“Following what has been a difficult year for everyone, the planned Celebration of Education week will embody the best in education, bringing opportunities for growth and learning for everyone in the school community. I would urge school leaders to join us and take part in this Celebration of Education.”

Caroline Armstrong is Head Teacher at Cotgrave Candleby Lane School and said, “This event is an opportunity for us to enjoy working with experts, inspirational speakers and authors which we simply could not organise alone. This will truly be a community of schools helping each other to access the brightest and best and Cotgrave Candleby Lane School can’t wait to join the celebration.”

To see a full list of guest contributors and for information on how schools can join the event, please visit:

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