Which key stages should I cover?
We try to ensure an equal offering across the key stages, from Early Years and KS1 through to KS5. We appreciate that some topics will be more specialist, and some will be applicable to many. Generally, we get fewer sessions offered at Early Years level and at KS5, so submissions appealing to these areas would be very welcome. Do you prefer practical sessions or lectures?
The answer is both! We have three theatres, each catering to a different stream:
Is it ok to submit my session from a company/organisation or do you prefer those made by individuals?
Keynote Theatre: our keynote theatre which hosts our morning warm-ups, minister addresses, policy & funding debates and our most popular sessions.
Workshop Theatre: our practical music-making space. You’ll find most of our hands-on sessions with ensemble music-making in here.
The Space: our dedicated ‘on-your-feet’ space focussing on movement, teamwork, games and activities. This theatre hosts all of our practical drama workshops and is where most of our Early Years and KS1 practical workshops can be found.
We whole-heartedly welcome both! The Expo is a celebration of all those working in education and in the industry and there is much specialist guidance and advice to be had from companies, charities and institutions, as well as from individuals practising in the sector.
It all comes down to the quality of the session offered, so we’ll never have a bias towards sessions coming from individuals only. It is important, however, that the session quality is high and truly useful to our delegates and not purely a sales pitch for a service or product
. What are your main aims when selecting sessions?
Our main priorities when considering submissions are:
How likely is it that I’ll get a session?
- Do we have an even spread of sessions catering to all of our delegate types?
- Are we covering all of the key stages (with plenty of general sessions as well as those offering more specialist subject knowledge and expertise at the upper and lower levels)?
- Is there a broad representation of topics (policy & funding, technology in the classroom etc)?
- Are we covering current topics, research and thinking and offering our delegates the chance to meet, probe and debate with key decision-makers in the fields of policy and curriculum?
- Is there an even offering across theory; aural; composition; performance; improvisation?
- Are we varying the programme enough year-on-year? We try to mix up our speakers, topics and sessions as much as we can. We’re all about putting the ‘continuing’ into ‘continuing professional development’ and it’s important that there’s enough new material on offer to encourage our audience to return each year
We do receive many more applications than we can programme (at least 8 applications for every one available session). So it’s a tough process, and it means we regrettably have to turn down some fantastic proposals. The main issue we have is balancing our allocations to ensure we cater to all of our delegates – so if your session isn’t chosen, it’s often a question of maths, and of balancing the sessions with each other, rather than of the quality of your submission.
Our Heads of Content do remember previous submissions they liked but didn’t have room to programme, though, and we do occasionally approach previous entrants in following years. So it’s ALWAYS worth submitting a proposal.Do you offer feedback on seminar submissions?
Regrettably, due to the sheer volume of submissions, we are unable to offer feedback on individual sessions.