Judo champion, headteachers and cocreator of nursery among speakers at Norwich education event

The TEDxNorwichED event from 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The TEDxNorwichED event from 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The cocreator of a popular outdoor nursery, a visually impaired judo champion and a human guinea pig will be among the speakers at a Norwich education summit.

The TEDxNorwichED event from 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The TEDxNorwichED event from 2016. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The TEDxNorwichED conference will see educators from around the country visit Norwich in April for talks and presentations.

The event, which will be held at The Space on Roundtree Way on Saturday, April 28, is one of just two events of its kind in the world this year and the only one in Europe.

Last year's conference, which included speakers from the worlds of business, education and the media, saw 7,500 people watch through an online stream and 250,000 people join the conversation on Twitter using the event hashtag.

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And organisers have now revealed this year's line-up of speakers, which include Emma Harwood, the cofounder of the award-winning outdoor nursery Dandelion Education, which is based in Marsham.

It also includes Tom Warrender, who is also known as the Human Guinea Pig for the medical experiments he undertakes in the name of science, and Jonathan Drane, who retired from visually impaired judo last October after competing in the 2016 Paralympics.

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Sarah Brownsword, one of the organisers of the event, said: 'We are really pleased with the speakers, who were selected from around 150 applicants and represent teachers and leaders from Norfolk schools as well as national leaders of education and people from other walks of life, who represent education in the wider sense.

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'Our speakers will be exploring our Dream Big theme from different perspectives and we are excited to include children and young people in the line-up again this year because after all, they are what education is all about.'

Last year's event saw Thetford Academy teenager Millie Honour encourage young people to try new things without failure or embarrassment.

Millie, then 14, was one of two pupils chosen to join the line-up, after she stood out at public speaking workshops run by educational project Camouflaged Learning.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 9.30am to 6pm, are still available by clicking here.

For more information on the event, click here.

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