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6th March 2015 at 00:00
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"Vibrant, unpredictable and so much more exciting than golf," blogged Chris Husbands, director of the UCL Institute of Education.

He was talking about last Saturday's London Festival of Education, where the excitement wasn't just in the standing-room-only lectures but also on the web, where thousands of people were following #LFE15.

@Sue_Cowley summed up the spirit of the day when she tweeted: "My aim for my #LFE15 is to keep everyone so engaged they forget to tweet." But she didn't get her wish. When former education secretary Estelle Morris told the event "Do I trust teachers? Yes. Do I trust all teachers, all of the time? No", it was soon picked up by the Twittersphere. @loftybooks replied: "Estelle Morris doesn't trust all teachers? Guess how we feel about politicians!"

Celebrated Finnish educationalist @pasi_sahlberg was another of the speakers but also found time to tweet: "How to build trust within the education system in England? Convert consequential inspection into support for a self-improving system."

But it wasn't all serious. Spoof account @Toryedumacation combined two Twitter sensations in this tweet: "No one at #LFE15 has explained what colour that bloody dress is yet. Pull your socks up, educationalists."

Helen Ward

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