What is the Schools & Academies Show doing in relation to COVID-19?+
The Schools & Academies Show London 2020 has been cancelled in order for the team to focus on delivering an even better Schools & Academies Show Birmingham 2020, which will be taking place on 18th & 19th November at the NEC.
We appreciate that with the school closures, adapting to a new way of running your school or organisation and subsequent re-opening of schools the sector will have had an extremely busy time since March.
Therefore, the November date is positioned at a time when we hope to be back to some sense of normality and will provide the sector with a much needed opportunity to galvanise and reflect on how your organisation, the sector and the country can look towards the future and a successful academic year.
We have included all information regarding the event and COVID-19 on our website here.
Will there be social distancing measures in place at the Schools & Academies Show? +
Safety Measures Update:
The Schools & Academies Show Birimgham will be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham. The venue have released safety guidelines which provide advice on ensuring a safe and secure method of running business events at the venue. You can access these guidelines by following this link – https://www.thenec.co.uk/protect/.
Additionally, as organisers of the show, we will be ensuring the following changes take place to provide attendees with confidence in the safety of attending:
- Wider Aisles
- Minimum Stand Space
- Larger Theatres
- Hand Sanitizer Stations
- No Onsite Registration (everyone has to be pre-registered)
- Contactless Entry (we will post badges to every pre-registered attendee)
Who can attend? +
Registering and visiting the show is completely free for Schools, Multi-Academy Trusts, Colleges, Universities, Charities, Not-for-Profits, Local and Central Government and the wider public sector. If you are a private sector organisation then you can apply to attend through the registration form, however, private sector tickets are limited and allocated two weeks out from the event.
How can I register a group? +
To register a group of 8 or more for the show, please email us the following information. Otherwise for groups of 2 – 7, you can register online through the ‘register a colleague’ function:
- Organisation name
- Full names of the registrants
- Job titles of the registrants
Please send the information here: email@example.com
What are the show dates, opening hours and venue?+
18th November – 09:00 – 16:30
19th November – 09:00 – 16:00
Hall 1, NEC, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
How do I get to the venue?+
NEC, Birmingham is easy to reach by both public transport or by car, and has ample parking facilities on-site. We highly recommend that you visit the travel section of the NEC website for more information: https://www.thenec.co.uk/visitors/getting-here/
Alternatively, please visit our ‘Plan your visit’ page – Plan your visit
Does it cost for me to register as a visitor to the show?+
This is a free to attend show for Schools, Multi-Academy Trusts, Colleges, Universities, Charities, Not-for-Profits, Local and Central Government and the wider public sector. There are a limited number of private sector places at the show available on a first come first served basis and you can apply for a private sector place by contacting David.Hickey@govnet.co.uk.
Will I be able to print off my visitor badge at the venue?+
We have PC screen terminals for you to print off your badge at the registration counter, however, it is likely that due to COVID-19 we will be requesting all registered visitors to bring their ticket with them on their mobile device or printed in order to have a contact-free entry to the show.
Are all the sessions in the theatres free to attend?+
Yes, all of the sessions across the theatres are free to attend. We do advise that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the session is due to begin, to help ensure that you get a seat in the theatre.
How do I obtain a badge if I work in the private sector?+
The Schools & Academies Show primarily serves the public sector. Please fill out the online registration form to apply for a pass. Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email informing you that a confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided within the next 48 hours if your application has been successful. Alternatively, a member of the team will be in touch.
Can I bring my child with me to the Schools & Academies Show?+
We do not allow any children in the exhibition halls under the age of 16.
Will there be WiFi available inside the exhibition halls?+
All visitors to the NEC can connect to WiFi across the entire venue completely free of charge. If you’re unsure how to connect, or experience difficulties, just head to the Visitor & Business Centres and they will get you online. Free WiFi is available inside the exhibition hall. When you arrive at the venue, simply sign in using the standard log in, or via LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.
How do I navigate my way around the exhibition?+
We have a floorplan available in the Schools & Academies Show official show guide to help you navigate your way around the exhibition. You can pick up a show guide at the registration desks as you enter the exhibition. There will also be ‘You are Here’ boards distributed around the halls, or a member of staff will be happy to help you.
Would you recommend any hotels in the area?+
We’ve partnered up with specialist accommodation agency Event Express to provide discounted hotel accommodation and flexible cancellation policies exclusively for Schools and Academies Show London attendees and exhibitors. If you’re unsure of your requirements at this stage, the flexible cancellation terms will allow you to make amendments and cancellations at no charge until closer to the event date. However, we do advise that you book now and amend later in order to guarantee your preferred hotel.
The Event Express service is completely free to use with no hidden charges and no booking or transaction fees, and the friendly reservations team will liaise with the hotels directly on your behalf. For more information, please contact Event Express directly via the email or telephone number listed above, or alternatively click here to book your accommodation online.
What do I do if I have accessibility issues? +
Should you wish to plan some assistance ahead of your visit, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the level of assistance you require, and we will do our utmost to offer our support during your visit.
Will lunch be provided? +
No, lunch isn’t provided, but there are plenty of fantastic food vendors on the concourse.