The inspiring Wellington Festival was held over 2 days last weekend at Wellington College.  National headlines were made with the clash between David Starkey and journalist Laurie Penny on Saturday.  On the Sunday I was on a panel to debate academies with Laurie but there were no fireworks this time.

My  highlights were (1) Guy Claxton, who gave us some brilliant one liners, some of which I tweeted; (2) meeting Vic Goddard and Stephen Drew from Educating Essex (see cheesy pic above), who managed to bring a real tear to my eye,  and (3)  being able to strongly state the case for the work done by the early sponsored academies when I spoke on day 2 with James O’Shaughnessy.