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Not booked your NES stand yet? Here’s some reasons not to miss out!

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The National Education Show is gearing up to be even bigger than last year, with more exhibitors and delegates expected to be attending. So why wouldn’t you want to exhibit at Wales’ biggest education based show?

Our show provides exhibitors with the opportunity to showcase their business or product to a large audiences of delegates, target a niche market and raise your profile within the education sector. Whether you’re already established or just starting out, you can meet new business leads and suppliers to further grow your business with the enhanced exposure that our show brings.


Not only will you highly enhance your brand awareness just from exhibiting on the show floor, when you register to exhibit with us, our marketing team will include you in frequent social media posts about your involvement the show. These will be pushed out weekly until the show ends in November, so it’s best to register to exhibit with us as soon as possible to take advantage of our online marketing campaign.








We only have a few stands remaining for potential exhibitors at this years show, as NES 2019 has proved to be more popular than last years show. Due to this, we are running low on table tops! Our available stand opportunities are Table Tops which are £799 + VAT, Standard Shell Scheme £999 + VAT and our Premier Shell Scheme at £1,099 + VAT.








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Less than 10 spaces left on some of our most popular seminars!

This year’s seminar tickets are selling quickly, with some of our sessions planned for October 25th almost sold out already.

The following sessions have less than 20 spaces remaining, and will definitely sell out before the day of the show. If you were hoping to attend one of these popular sessions, please book today to avoid disappointment.

The website and downloads page include everything you would require to register, whether online or via a paper booking form. If you need any help, please contact the team.

We’re also still offering 50% off all whole-school INSET/PD days booked, but only for a limited time. Take advantage of this fantastic offer before it runs out!

If you wanted to see any of the above sessions – this week may be your final chance to book them. Make sure to reserve your desired seminar as early as possible for just £10+vat (or £5+vat as part of a whole-school booking).

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If you have any further questions, please contact us on 02922 400382 or email

50% discount for your NES INSET/PD for a limited time only!

There are great advantages to booking your INSET/PD day early for NES on October 25th 2019. Not only will you ensure your first choice of seminar, you’ll also save 50% on your whole-school booking!

We have a limited number of discounted INSET/PD spaces left, so if you’d like to book your whole school onto seminars at the show, the sooner the better.

Our seminar programme for 2019 is fully confirmed, with a fantastic variety of topics and speakers on offer to our visitors, for just £10+vat per seminar. If you book an INSET day, that price will reduce to £5+vat!

Seminars are filling up quickly this year, with a variety of topics on offer including Subject Development, Behaviour, Health & Safety, SEND, Curriculum Planning and much more.

Our school products, services and supplies exhibition is bursting with innovative solutions to maximise your school days! Featuring a huge range of education based companies from across the UK.

If you’re ready to select your seminars, but would like to arrange your 50% INSET discount, please contact the office via details below at your earliest convenience to receive a paper booking form.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on 02922 400382 or email

Seminar tickets for National Education Show released today!

You can view our Speaker Schedule here.

Book Tickets Online Here.

Download a paper booking form here.

After a few weeks of finalising the speakers list and building up the suspense for our 2019 National Education Show seminar tickets, we’ve released them today! Exciting times!

For October 25th at Cardiff City Hall, we see the return of some of our most popular past speakers including Jackie Beere, Nicola S Morgan, Crista Hazell, Dawn Evans, and Fin O’Regan. A selection of our new speakers include Shaun Dellenty, Sam Garner, Dr Neil Hawkes and Wendy Lee.

We spoke to teachers from all over Wales and further afield to develop this year’s programme. Selected seminars were votes the most relevant and useful topics for today’s school and teaching staff – and a perfect selection or a whole-school INSET or PD day!

Topics Include:

– Developing Thinking & Learners
– Behaviour
– Raising Standards
– Exam Stress
– Health & Safety
– Numeracy & Literacy
– LGBT Awareness
– Recruitment

& Much More!

Tickets for this year’s show will be booked up very quickly, so avoid missing out by booking yours early! We also have exclusive deals for whole-school bookings for INSET and PD days – get in touch to discuss further.

If you are part of a large group booking, please get in touch with the office today to receive a paper booking form to ensure simple booking process.
Tel: 02922 400382

What’s NES like? View our 2018 show video to see for yourself! ?

If you have been considering joining us at The National Education Show, but aren’t sure what it’s all about, our video for 2018 is now released!

Our video includes interviews from our very pleased exhibitors on the day, and snapshots of what’s on offer for our attending companies – it’s a great way to see if the event is suitable for yourself and your organisation. If you spot yourself – give us a shout!

Booking your stand for the show in the next few weeks not only guarantees you one of the very best locations in the building, but also could save you some money during our early-bird deal.

If you’d like to know any more about joining us at NES 2019 – please get in touch today!


Time to Talk Day – Tips on talking about Mental Health

This year’s Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.

Promoting the open discussion of mental health is so important, and finding time to speak to your loved ones about how they are feeling emotionally ensures that if they ever have mental health issues, they will feel more comfortable to explain them to friends and family.   

“However you do it, make a conversation about mental health.”

 – Time to Change Website 

It’s good to TALK 

At NES, we are extremely passionate about mental health awareness, and ensuring we spread the word of ways troubled people can get help if they are struggling. 

One of our Directors, Nicola S Morgan, has created a short video which explains one method of how to carry out a conversation about mental health and emotions in young people, in an open and understanding way, whilst ensuring the troubled individual has the correct treatment and help. Take a look here

The TED/HUG Method

To begin with a difficult conversation with a troubled person, you may like to use this tactic:

T – “Tell me what you’re thinking about”

E – “Explain how you feel.”

D – “Decide what you want to do.”

Once you have listened to their feelings and thoughts closely, without any interruption or judgement, you can use these phrases to reassure them you care and understand: 

H – “I Hear what you are saying.”

U – “I Understand how you’re seeing things.”

G – “I will guide you by signposting you to resources and professionals.”

Also, adopting the use of open questions allows the person you are speaking to to add more detail into their story, and will overall allow you to gain a better understanding of exactly what has happened, and how it has impacted their mental health. 

If you are worried about a friend or family member, the Time to Talk is RIGHT NOW!

Mind UK, who lead the Time to Change day, want to encourage people to listen to the really important things their friends, family and colleagues need to tell them, and to actually devote some time and attention to being better listeners.

When people feel listened to, it can save a life. .

Let them know you’re there, it could make the world of difference to their mindset to know they are not alone. If you’re unsure of how to begin the process, please check the Time to Change Website for their range of fantastic resources, tips and advice.

Meet over 150 education companies at our exhibition this October!


Not only are there over 40 brilliant education related seminars at our event in October, there’s also a products, services and supplies exhibition with over 150 nationwide education companies coming to Cardiff City Hall! The best part? Our exhibition is completely free for all to explore!

Our exhibition is perfect for key decision makers within your school, to explore ways of making your day-to-day tasks easier, cost effective, and more successful. The exhibitors are already looking forward to meeting you all, and have plenty to offer on the day!

Introducing some of our new fantastic exhibitors for 2019: The Maltings, Cornerstones, Hafan Cymru Spectrum, Community Playthings, Ambito Education, Autopress Education, HMRC, Speechlink Multimedia, Phonic Books, The Consortium, Easy Read Time Teacher, Rock UK and Safespaces!

We have even more exhibitors expected on the day, including software, training, tech, procurement, recruitment, school trip activity centres and many more! Check out our full list here.

The National Education Show will be held at City Hall Cardiff on 25th October 2019

Exhibitors will be bringing along their software, equipment and resources for our delegates to try and test. Having the chance to test your school purchases before you buy! 

Being at the show could save your school a considerable amount of money. Take advantage of the various deals and discounts offered to attendees. Many exhibitors will be offering 10, 20, or even 50% discounts for anybody they speak to on the day.


Five top tips to having a Happy Blue Monday (and January!) for 2019

Today is Blue Monday, the 3rd Monday of January. According to “Blue Monday can be traced back to 2005 when Cliff Arnall released a press release that stated that January 18th was the most depressing day of the year and that this was calculated using several factors such as weather, debt and motivational levels.”

With many people feeling the hump today, it may seem impossible to get into an energised and positive mindset, but the NES Team have come up with 5 ideas that may tame Blue Monday (and the rest of the month) and get you back on track for the year!

Try something new this week

After such a busy Christmas period, sometimes our restlessness can stem from suddenly going back to our usual routine. For most reading this, it will be the standard school hours, or 9-5 in the office.

Trying something new in this hump week can re-energise you, and shake up your normal routine – you might even find you want to go back every week! Some ideas: dance classes, local choir, cookery lessons, a volunteering group.

Get Chatting

Even if you have an active social life, also making connections and relationships in your work life is important. Work can feel so much easier with the knowledge you have a friend to turn to who understands the workplace.

During your lunch break on this Blue Monday, maybe try and spark up a conversation with another staff member, rather than looking at your mobile phone or reading. You might be surprised who you click with!   


Be kind to yourself

Even though you may have failed spectacularly on your New Year’s Resolution (it’s okay Рso did we), that doesn’t mean the end of the line for your self-improvement for 2019. So, you didn’t manage to curb that chocolate addiction, you still established your goal and tried to reach it!

Tackling a big task like cutting out a habit, or starting a healthier one, can take time. Keep taking those little steps, and the end result will keep getting nearer.       


Make a thankful list.

Thankful lists are becoming more and more popular as a replacement to the traditional New Year’s Resolution as a way of re-energising your life after a busy year.  Oprah Winfrey is a big advocate of these lists, and it’s easy to see why.

The simple instruction is: buy a notebook, think of things you are thankful about each day, and write them down. That’s it!  Looking back on what you’re grateful for will inspire you daily to keep going. Plus, you’ll find yourself start to seek out the good things in life, which is always a good thing.


Meet up with some friends

You may have seen your friends many times over the Christmas period, at various parties or events. But, grabbing a quiet coffee or meeting up for a walk in January is a completely different occasion. If Blue Monday has beaten you, give a friend or a family member who understands you a call. Hearing their voice and having a laugh with them might be all you need to get you back on track.




We hope these tips help, but if the January period and Blue Monday have really gotten the better of you, there are also fantastic organisations across the UK dedicated to listening to you and helping you work through your problems: the NHS has a fantastic directory here.


So, from everyone at the NES Team, we hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019 Рif these tips help you, please give them a share!  

Introducing our sponsors, NSM Training and Ajuda Training!

Without our amazing sponsors, The National Education Show would not be possible, so we like to give them a little shout out when we can! Following two fantastic years of our education show in Cardiff, NSM Training & Consultancy and Ajuda Training Academy are back to support our 2019 show for the third year!

Here’s a bit more about what they do below, and if you’d like to join them, please get in touch today!

NSM Training & Consultancy provides high quality training for teaching/non teaching staff in the UK and internationally. They provide a large range of courses, expert consultancy and guidance, publications, conferences as well as innovative resources to motivate staff and empower schools.

You can view a selection of their courses here. 

Ajuda is a multi-award winning training provider delivering affordable Health and Safety Courses throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. With the recent announcement that First Aid Training will become a compulsory topic for all secondary school pupils, Ajuda Training Academy can offer your pupils training on how to save a life. Ajuda also offer courses for teachers on Fire Safety, Manual Handling, Food Safety & much more!

You can view a selection of their courses here. 

If you’d like to increase your exposure, boost your brand awareness and make the very most of Wales’ biggest education show, please get in touch today to learn more about exhibiting and sponsoring.

Call 02922 400382, or email today!

Books Teachers Need to Read in 2019

 Must-Read Books for you and your class in 2019!

We hope all of our lovely readers are enjoying your first week or so back in work or school, and have plenty to look forward to this term! A big part of New Year for many is the dreaded Resolution we all force ourselves to do for a week or so before giving up again – trust me, we all do it!

If your resolution was to dust off those reading glasses and get back in to your books, we have just the list of must-read books to see you through the first half of the year. We’ve listed one book a month until June Рyou can thank us later.

We’ll be releasing another list of in June to take you all the way up to 2020 (scary, we know!)


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


Another resolution that some teacher might also be tackling in the new year is trying stay more organised in the classroom. Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. This book is above and beyond when it comes to self help books.

Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. 

Students need clarity, organisation, and certainty from the learning environments they inhabit, otherwise they may lose focus. They may need to be steered towards the task, and a clean, tidy, and organised room is an important step to achieve it. 



Making Every Lesson Count: Six principles to support teaching and learning

This short book by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby provides readers with simple principles of good teaching and examples of how they can be applied to your classroom. This easily readable book  on teaching and learning is useful and accessible for pretty much every teacher. The book synthesises a selection of great ideas and sound evidence from around the educational world and combines it into usable knowledge for busy teachers.

Making every lesson count’ should help new and experienced teachers to do just that. It offers practical advice on how¬†we can focus on “simple truths” in order to ensure that great teaching leads to genuine learning. Drawing on what research evidence suggests, what they have learnt from inspirational colleagues and, most importantly, from their own practice as serving teachers, Shaun and Andy offer a carefully structured analysis of how teachers and school leaders can create a climate within which excellence and growth will take root and flourish. I’d recommend this to anyone who is committed to being their best within the classroom.‘ – Jill Berry Former head, now education consultant


Closing the Vocabulary Gap

This book is recommended for teachers at any phase in their teaching career. Students need to know about 50,000 words to thrive in school and beyond – and the notorious “word gap” of children from disadvantaged backgrounds has long been noted.

Alex Quigley, director of Huntington Research School address’ this problem by sharing¬†insights on how to best address word poverty in the classroom, with the aim of allowing all children access to an ambitious curriculum.¬†This book offers a great overview of the research on learning vocabulary, and practical advice on how to apply this research in the classroom.

Reading and oracy must go hand in hand, Quigley says. His guide offers a mixture of research findings, case studies and practical suggestions for the classroom that can be used across different subjects and phases.

“A key strength of this book is that it summarises research evidence for teachers, providing a primer on vocabulary, morphology, etymology, phonics, reading comprehension strategies and much more. In addition to being instructive, it provides flexible frameworks so teachers can develop materials, activities and assessments that will meet their needs, and those of their students. The book is essential reading for any teacher hoping to raise levels of vocabulary, reading and writing.”‚Ä쬆¬†Dr Jessie Ricketts, TES


 Live Well, Teach Well: A Practical Approach to Wellbeing that Works

Abigail Mann provides advice, activities and techniques that any primary or secondary teacher can use to support their own mindfulness, well-being and physical and mental health, as well as that of their colleagues. Abigail Mann is also an advocate for #Teacher5aday which is the ‚Äò5 Steps to Wellbeing’ #teacher5aday is aimed at both school staff and pupil well-being but is also relevant to any career. The main message: take time to look after yourself and your well-being by¬†connecting,¬†exercising,¬†noticing,¬†learning¬†and¬†giving. After all, you can only do your best if you are feeling at your best.

Structured as 90 short “ideas”, it’s the kind of book you can pick up on a beach lounger and read a page at a time. There are also tips on building constructive, fulfilling relationships with the community you are serving, on supporting pupil well-being (because a happy class means a happy teacher!) and on making well-being a focus at a whole-school level.

This book is packed with practical ideas on how to improve wellbeing and reduce workload from a teacher perspective but with pupils’ best interests at heart. It brings the Department for Education’s workload agenda to life in classrooms. “¬†Martyn Reah, Deputy Headteacher and Founder of #teacher5aday