Conference schedule



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00

Teaching computing effectively

Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton

Miles will draw together themes from school effectiveness research, early Logo programming, research into undergraduate computer science teaching and his own rich understanding of emergent classroom practice to deliver a session full of practical ideas for how to teach computing most effectively, whether in primary or secondary schools.

9:00 – 09:25

A lesson on e-safety

Will Franklin, year 5 teacher, Westdene Primary School and CAS master teacher

Based on his experience of teaching in KS1 and KS2, Will will discuss the importance of embedding e-safety in the curriculum and not just confining it to computing lessons. The session will cover Ofsted’s expectations on e-safety teaching in schools, why e-safety is more important than ever before, and examples of e-safety issues that Will has experienced at Westdene Primary School.

09:25 – 10:05

ICT Reviews Live!

ICT for Education product reviews team
An independent product review session that will put products to the test and give you real insight into their capabilities. ICT Reviews Live! will be led by the ICT for Education reviews team. Watch the reviews, comment on product content, consider underlying technologies, discuss ease of use and share your opinions on how you would like suppliers to develop products and services to meet the needs of teachers and schools.

10:05 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:05

Top tips for implementing the computing curriculum

Aidan Delaney, principal lecturer, computing, engineering and maths, University of Brighton

Aidan will consider some practical tips for implementing the computing curriculum in schools. In particular, he will focus on KS3 and KS4 provision, where computing facilities are not always up to the task. Aidan will also point out some directions in which to expand computing knowledge and consider how to use expanded computing knowledge to enrich the national curriculum.

11.05 – 11:30

Preparing your students for tomorrow's workplace

Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good

Based on recent research, the Apps for Good team will look at the most in-demand industry skills and how it believes you can help your students fill the skills gap. It will also consider the Apps for Good model as a way of building student resilience, tackling diversity in the technology sector and preparing students for the workplace of tomorrow.

11:30 – 12:00   

Question Time

An opportunity for delegates to put questions to conference speakers and debate topical issues.

Moderator: Sarah Underwood 
Panel members: Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Will Franklin, year 5 teacher, Westdene Primary School and CAS master teacher; Aidan Delaney, principal lecturer, computing, engineering and maths, University of Brighton; Perry Perrott, fellow of the BCS and Institute of Directors 

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

More reasons to be cheerful            

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant                                        

Andy returns with another entertaining and informative presentation covering some of the best, easy-to-use and low-cost, often free, ICT resources available to teachers and learners – and more!





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