Scottish Learning Festival

The Scottish Learning Festival 2018 took place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September in the SEC, Glasgow.

The theme for SLF 2018 was Collaborating for Improvement with a particular focus on;

  • effective collaborations that ensure young people are having a greater say in decisions that affect their lives
  • strong STEM education and training that inspires learners and connects with the labour market

We were delighted to have the following keynote speakers at SLF this year. Watch the keynote presentations:

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Dr Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University

Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive, Young Scot

Prof Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, University College London

Dr Jamie Gallagher, award-winning scientist and science communicator

STEM Live keynote presentations:

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

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Running alongside the SLF conference is the largest education exhibition in Scotland with over 175 suppliers, find out more about the SLF exhibition.  

Conference programme

PDF file: SLF 2018 conference programme (1.4 MB)

Keynote presentations from SLF 2017

Watch all the keynote addresses from last year's Scottish Learning Festival.