Celebrating Education in the UK with the help of the Duke of Wellington

Celebrating Education in the UK with the help of the Duke of Wellington

Phi tuition’s contribution to the national celebration of the Battle of Waterloo was a visit to Wellington College to celebrate the Festival of Education (18- 19th June). This was hosted by Dr Anthony Seldon, in the verdant grounds of Wellington College. We thought you might enjoy a brief summary of the event.


This is an annual event which looks to bring new insight and a celebration of education in Britain. It is focused on developing thought leadership on the education sector to the fore and bringing together policy makers and teachers in an engaging environment.

There was a wide range of topics from genetics, girls and science studies to exploring definitions of intelligence. Dr Seldon is known for his cogent views on taking the broad view on intelligence and certainly not bound by narrow IQ measurements. The conference was opened by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for Education. Mrs Morgan expressed her support for Free Schools and the requirement for maintaining and building high standards in education and bringing rigour to the curriculum.

Dr Suze Kundu gave a fascinating talk on women in science. She is a materials scientist at Imperial College London and a member of Science Grrl, a group that encourages women to work in science, technology, engineering and maths. Her website may be of interest to some readers of this blog:


Dr Kundu is widely regarded for challenging standard stereotypes of women in science and she explained the young girls like to know the reason why a certain experiment is being conducted whereas boys just jump into the process. Educators need to be aware of that from the outset. Approximately 50% of Phi Tuition’s students are female. We have noticed with some interest their confidence flourish via the support of extra tuition and indeed they go on to develop their interest in science at post graduate level.

Overall, the festival endorsed the need for deep reflection and considered action within education. We also need to celebrate the many good points about education in Britain today.

Phi tuition is certainly keen to endorse that and indeed plans to contribute to this Festival in 2016.

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