Our third Impact Conference, on 25 and 26 July 2016, was the biggest and best yet – we're still buzzing from the drive and passion of the over 4,300 people who came together to commit to our mission to end educational inequality.
From the moment when Dr. Sakena Yacoobi recounted the arrival of Taliban soldiers who wanted to close down her school, to the moment when Professor Phil Scraton described the families of Hillsborough victims as having truly "spoken truth to power", there were more highlights than we could ever sum up here. Below are some of our very favourite moments, which give a sense of the event.
“No matter what, we cannot stop educating our children. Education is the key issue for peace.” – Dr Sakena Yacoobi, founder & Executive Director, Afghan Institute for Learning.
“Education is an opportunity – a gift that some will never receive.” – Omotola Omisakin, Futures mentee.
“It will be impossible to make progress in improving social mobility until the educational attainment gap between less well-off and better-off children is closed. Our future success in a globally competitive economy relies on using all of our country’s talent, not just some of it.” – Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission.
“There are now 10,000 participants who have started our Leadership Development Programme. All working together with their committed colleagues and partners in schools, social enterprises and businesses up and down the country to make sure every child gets a fair start in life.” – Brett Wigdortz, Founder and CEO, Teach First.
“I’ve never seen a time when the (education) sector has been more vibrant and alive” – Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools.
“The work (teachers) do is truly transformational and you should be incredibly proud” – Lucy Powell MP.