Conference schedule



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00

Lead speaker

Bob Harrison, former chair of the Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board and education adviser to Toshiba Information Systems

The last couple of years have seen ICT teachers focusing on the reform of the national curriculum. This was necessary and is ongoing as we transition from ICT to Computing. But have we been distracted from the use of technology across the curriculum? Bob will challenge the government’s techno-scepticism and suggest development is not about technology, but different ways of thinking.

9:00 – 09:25

Computing: it’s not just about computers!

Ben Davies, Bob Harrison, member of DfE ICT National Curriculum group and UK Forum for Computer Education, vice chair of governors Lostock College, chair of governors Northern College Barnsley

Computers are an integral and highly motivating component of computing lessons. However, by using computers too frequently, we can restrict pupils’ opportunities to develop and apply computational thinking skills. Ben will discuss how he uses a range of pedagogical strategies to provide pupils with engaging computing lessons that promote conceptual understanding, cross-curricular contexts and a problem-solving approach. 

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

Strategies to engage students

Matt Hogan, ICT and computing teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls

Matt will cover strategies to engage students with Computing and consider the relevance of e-learning to a range of subject areas and skill sets. He will also consider how to inspire students to become creative with technology, rather than simply learning to use it. A simple but effective message: Take one idea and make it happen

11.05 – 11:30

What could be more important than e-safety?

Perry Perrott, head of education, BCS Learning & Development

Would you let your son or daughter cross the road without applying the Green Cross Code? So why do we allow this behaviour in the virtual world, one which is potentially just as destructive? We want young people to see the internet as a positive and inclusive place that respects people’s differences, but how can we achieve this in education and what challenges do we face?

11:30 – 12:00   

Question time

Join the debate and discuss topical issues including the curriculum, finance, CPD and more!

Moderator: Sarah Underwood 

Panel members: Bob Harrison, former chair of the Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board and education adviser to Toshiba Information Systems; Ben Davies, SLE for Computing and ICT, St Paul's Primary School, Manchester; Matt Hogan, ICT and Computing teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls; Perry Perrott, head of education, BCS Learning & Development

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

More for less

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

In an entertaining, informative and updated session, Andy will share with you some of the many free and low-cost ICT tools that can enhance your work in the classroom. He will also present new ideas to help you get more for less.


Conference close

14:20 – 15:20

Sponsored Workshop by Interactive Education - Is your technology supporting your teaching effectively?

Designed and delivered by experienced and qualified teachers, this hands-on workshop will help you understand the use of different technologies supporting different pedagogy. Building on this, you will also be able to see how different software supports the complete interactive classroom.



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