Teaching conferences contribute £4.5m to Liverpool

THE Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool said the three teaching conferences it has hosted in the past month have generated around £4.5m for the city’s economy.

A total of 4,000 delegates attended the three events organised by – the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the International Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

It was the first time that the NUT had held its conference the day after ATL in the same venue.

ATL, the union for education professionals, returned to ACC Liverpool for the third time, bringing 400 delegates. It previously held conferences at the venue in 2009 and 2011.

David Kimber, head of conferences at ATL, said: “This year’s conference was our third time at ACC Liverpool, once again it was a complete success and we had fantastic feedback from delegates.”

The NUT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, brought 1,200 delegates, returning to the city for the second time.

The union’s conference organiser Karen Handley said: “Delegates were once again pleased with the venue and its location in relation to accommodation and attractions in the city – all elements which make for a terrific conference.”

A total of 2,400 international delegates from 100 countries attended IATEFL’s 47th annual international conference and exhibition. The five-day conference included 500 sessions, a social programme and evening events.