What’s the main difference?
Numbers in sessions in many cases are limited to approximately 40 due to fire regulations across the campus, although there are some larger areas. Whilst this does limit the numbers of people who can access a specific session, it lends itself well to a more intimate and interactive environment than large keynote halls. We have secured in some cases up to 15 sessions at any one time, meaning that there should always be something on. We have also staggered timings to enable people to get to sessions in good time, and to get into something if they are not able to get into a session they were hoping to get into after all signed up delegates are inside.
In keeping with most festivals of this kind, we cannot fully guarantee access to sessions. With the scale and eclectic nature of the content, is not possible to check every attendee into every session without creating queues, errors, forgotten tickets, conflicts and ultimately – late starts.
Also, the majority of our delegates are from groups within teaching organisations and need a degree of flexibility to make changes to who might attend leading up to the event (illness, cover etc.)
This is the nature of a festival approach over a conference, and we very much rely on professional integrity. i.e. people attending the sessions they have chosen. You will be able to keep an eye on numbers in sessions by using the app and book in when spaces become available. You can also arrive at a session and see if there is space after everyone else has gone in.
We request that all delegates respect this approach.