2024 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme

The 2024 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme is free to attend and takes place in-person at Edinburgh Futures Institute on Lauriston Place, with selected events available to watch online at edbookfest.co.uk, live or on-demand at a time that suits you.

From Thursday 19 April:

Browse the Schools Programme here.

From Tuesday 23 April:

Book free tickets to watch schools events in-person:  Complete the booking form found at learning.edbookfest.co.uk/tickets from Tuesday 23 April. The form also includes the Baillie Gifford Transport Fund application.

If you’re unable to attend the Festival in-person, you can book to watch events online from 4 June. Before then, you can enter our exclusive competition for schools taking part online to win a book bundle for their school library by filling out the short application form.

Event listings will not be visible on edbookfest.co.uk until the main programme launches on 4 June.

From Tuesday 4 June:

Book free tickets to watch schools events online: Selected events in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme are available to watch online for free. You can book tickets to watch online at edbookfest.co.uk from Tuesday 4 June right up until the start time of the event.

Once you have chosen which events you would like to attend, don’t forget to enter our competition to win a book bundle for your school (application deadline Friday 9 August). 

Register: Create a free online account at edbookfest.co.uk/login

Book your events: Every livestreamed event in our programme will have a payment gateway: please click the ‘School’ and ‘free ticket’ options. You will be sent an email confirmation for each event you book with an event link. PLEASE NOTE: Each teacher watching events should have their own account and book the events they will be watching. Event links will be unique to each registered user – and users will have to login on the day to use the link and watch event


On the day:

Login at edbookfest.co.uk/login: Click through from your email event link OR find the event in the ‘Event Search’ and tune in with your class (new users will have to create an account and go through the payment gateway to watch events).

Take part in a Q&A: If there’s a Q&A option for that event, type your pupils’ questions into the Q&A box at any time during the session – selected questions will then be passed on to the author via our moderators.

Learning Resources: For ideas about how to turn events into fun and interactive lessons, follow the link to ‘Learning Resources’ from the event page for each event. You can also find all our resources on our Learning Site learning.edbookfest.co.uk/resources

Watch on-demand: Alternatively, watch with your class at a later time or date. PLEASE NOTE: Some events will be available longer than others – check each event’s webpage for details about on-demand availability and expiration.