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National Futureschools Event 2019 - Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Office Line exhibited at the National Futureschools conferences and expo in Melbourne this year, showcasing some of our market leading furniture, and our knowledge of learning areas, at this world class event. Read more.

Office Line to Participate in this Year’s National FutureSchools Expo

At Office Line, we are passionate about bringing quality furniture to the education sector.  Join us at the National FutureSchools Expo and Conferences 2019, a much-awaited education Australian convention.

The two-day event will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, from March 21 to 22, 2019. The first day will start from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and the second day will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

What is the National FutureSchools?

Organised by EduTECH, the National FutureSchools Expo is the biggest education showcase in the country. With over 80 suppliers featured in two days, the exhibition aims to highlight a wide range of products and solutions that uphold and improve education. For education professionals, this exhibit allows an opportunity to meet the country's top vendors and invest in new technologies that will be beneficial to their institution.

A Makers Playground will be open to all event participants, where attendees can experience authentic learning in a simulated environment. There will also be a Robotics Demo on the exhibition floor where you can watch live demonstrations of robots performing a range of movements, such as playing sports, dancing and conducting rescue challenges.

Event Speakers

New York Times best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson will be at the National FutureSchools Expo to lend his expertise on creativity and innovation in education. He was a speaker at the prestigious TED Conference with over 300 million views in over 150 countries. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, Robinson’s latest work, includes revolutionary research on Australia’s troubled educational system.

Lisa Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), will also be present at the event. Other speakers include Dr Gary Stager, Dan Haesler, Dr Kate Highfield and Dr Chip Kimball.

Event Participants

National FutureSchools will have five major conferences, designed for senior leadership in various roles within K-12 education. Those who work in schools and education ministries are highly encouraged to attend:

  • Teaching Staff
    • Classroom Teachers
    • Computing Teachers
    • STEM Teachers
  • School Leadership Teams
    • Principals
    • Deputy/Assistant Principals
    • Heads of Departments
    • Curriculum Leaders
    • Teaching Directors
    • Heads of Library
    • Leaders of eLearning
  • Information Communication Technology Management
    • ICT Directors
    • ICT Managers and Directors
    • ICT Integrators and Facilitators
  • Special Needs and Support
    • School Councillors/Therapists/Psychologists
    • Learning Support Officers
    • SEN Coordinators
  • Systemic Leaders
    • Education Peak Bodies, Associations and Representative Bodies
    • Government Departments of Education

Where will Office Line be stationed?

You’ll see Office Line at Booth 713. Our EN range will be on display for browsing and will include the EN Classic, EN One Chair and Gratnells Tray Storage. Feel free to visit our booth to take a closer look at our selection.

Chairs, school desks and storage solutions all contribute to a student’s learning experience. As a first-class educational furniture supplier, we make sure we provide only durable and ergonomic furniture to your schools. Partner with Office Line by joining us this March or by calling us today.

Sir Ken Robinson Speaks at the National FutureSchools Conference 2018

Office Line recently attended the 2018 National Future Schools Conference and Exhibition held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 20 to 22. The annual event aims to discuss the future of education in Australia by gathering industry leaders and agents of change.

Sir Ken Robinson: A Leader in Global Education Reforms

Amongst the esteemed roster of guests and speakers was Sir Ken Robinson, a renowned figure in educational reform. His ideas on creative and cultural education have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in TEDx conferences. His 2006 talk, 'Do Schools Kill Creativity' has garnered over 40 million views on YouTube.

His views came from being a professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the UK for 12 years. Now, Robinson is a professor emeritus at the university. Politicians in Northern Ireland have adopted Robinson’s ideas documented in his book, Unlocking Creativity. Robinson has also worked with several governments, education systems and businesses all over the world.

Notable Publications on Education

His book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009), is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 23 languages. An accompaniment to The Element was published in 2013, titled Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, and became an acclaimed New York Times best seller.

Robinson's 2015 book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, discusses the world's troubled educational systems and the significance of rethinking approaches to education.

Robinson's most recent publication, You, Your Child, and School (2018), tackles the challenges, rewards and gratifying experiences of parents who are deeply concerned about their children's education. The book debunks the myths and controversies surrounding educational concerns and aims to inspire parents, educators and policy makers to reevaluate the purpose of education.

Sir Ken Robinson held a live question and answer forum on the first day of the National Future Schools Conference. He met with attendees at a book signing event after his talk.

Office Line's Classroom Chairs Exhibit

Apart from a series of talks from various guest speakers, industry leaders were also present at the conference and displayed technological advancements in education.

Office Line participated as an exhibitor and presented a line of ergonomic classroom chairs and tables for schools in Australia. Amongst the products displayed was the EN classic, a classroom chair with an ergonomic shell support that provides lower back support and posture. The EN One was also on display and offered a streamlined design similar to the EN Classic.  Office Line was excited to showcase the new, award-winning EN One Floor chair which has gained a great deal of interest for its innovative design concept.

The EN One range of chairs boast exceptional space-saving, stackable features. They are manufactured from completely recyclable materials, providing the education sector with eco-friendly options for their choice of furniture.

Since 1988, Office Line has been a trusted source of high-quality classroom and office furniture in Western Australia. We source our wide selection of products from brands that offer modern and innovative designs and ergonomics.

Feel free to contact our office for more information or explore the range of educational furniture in our catalogue. Call us on 1800 333 116 or drop us a line at info@officeline.com.au