National Education Summit Returns to Melbourne in 2018

Special Needs, Digital Classrooms and Coding Literacy to Headline Conference

From 31 August – 1 September 2018, Australia’s education sector will come together for the National Education Summit at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Summit is a must-attend for principals, school leaders, business managers and educators from K-12. All events at the National Education Summit are eligible for Professional Development hours for teachers.

Across two jam-packed days, attendees can dive into four Conferences addressing critical subjects from special needs education to digital classroom innovations, plus a Masterclass series shedding light on how to design and align improvement reforms.

The Summit will also include The Education Show, a FREE trade expo featuring 100+ leading businesses and organisations exhibiting the latest resources, services, products and technology, including Enhance TV, The THRASS Institute, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

“Audiences will discover cutting edge ideas across the education world, from engaging talks with thought-leaders such as renowned ADHD advocate and journalist Ruth Devine, to showcases of the latest Australian educational development tools including Seven Steps and THRASS,” said International Exhibition and Conference Group CEO, Marie Kinsella.

“With recent studies revealing almost 80% of all school principals felt they were inadequately resourced for special needs education, the Special Needs Symposium comes at a crucial time when thought-provoking discussion on effective solutions is needed most,” she said.


  • Special Needs SymposiumFriday 31 August, 9am-3:30pm & Saturday 1 September, 9am-4pmDispel myths about special needs and learn strategies to create an inclusive classroom from a line-up of influential thought leaders across four Streams: ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism and Anxiety.Highlight sessions include: What it means to be the parent or carer of a child with ADHD, from iconic ADHD advocate Ruth Devine; Square pegs in round holes, with paediatrician Dr Jo Martin and neuropsychologist Dr Renee Testa discussing solutions to supporting children with special needs in mainstream classrooms; and Step into their shoes, exploring the importance of early identification and intervention in the Dyslexia Stream.
  • Legal & Risk Management FrameworksFriday 31 August, 8:20am-4:30pmWhat are the legal implications of sexting in schools? Leading Australian law firm PiperAlderman lead six panel Q&A discussions to dive into contemporary issues including socialmedia and defamation, and duty of care.
  • Literary ConferenceSaturday 1 September, 9:30am-3:45pmExplore the unique challenges of literacy in modern classrooms, with experts from GriffithUniversity and Victoria University shedding light on coding literacy, and playful uses of grammarin reading and writing.
  • K-12 Digital Classroom Practice ConferenceFriday 31 August, 8:30am-4pm
    Discover innovative ways to integrate digital technologies in teaching numeracy and literacy,with programs including Blogging in the classroom and How does technology empower themodern learner?
  • Masterclass for Principals Friday 31 August, 8:45am – 3:30pm
    Gain insider knowledge on how to design, align and implement whole school improvement from G9, a consortium of highly experienced educational consultants. Learn about the importance of positive thinking in school improvement, pitfalls of the current conventional learning model, and more.

To register for your tickets head to (group bookings available) and to exhibit your product or service at The Education Show email

Event Info: What: National Education Summit Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006 When: Friday 31 August – September 1, 2018 More Info:

Social Media: National Education Summit Facebook: LinkedIn: Hashtag: #NES2018

The Education Show
Media Contact:
Cardinal Spin P: +61 2 8065 7363 Matt Fraser M: +61 401 326 007 Gemma Treacher M: +61 417 799 590