Doncaster 29 April 2016

ICT for Education, Doncaster 2016

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Doncaster on 29 April 2016 at Doncaster Racecourse.

The conference runs from 7.45am to 2.15pm.  Attendance is FREE for all delegates, and includes lunch and refreshments. 

Drawing on both regional and national ICT expertise, ICT for Education has sourced a great line-up of speakers who will address ICT challenges faced by both teachers and schools.  Alongside the conference, ICT for Education will host a vendor exhibition showcasing solutions to meet your ICT needs.

Meet the experts, network with peers, solve practical problems and discover new resources in just one short day - free of charge!  Pick up your conference badge(s) from Reception on the day.  If you would like to bring colleagues, they can register before the event or on arrival.  We look forward to meeting you in Doncaster.

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

Implementing the computing curriculum

Dale Coan, Hexthorpe Primary School teacher, Doncaster CAS primary hub leader, CAS master teacher

An overview of the national computing curriculum that will look at how Hexthorpe Primary School covers different areas of the curriculum, some of the applications used to support it and examples of how other subjects can be used to meet the requirements of the curriculum.

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

Kit to kids: our learning community’s IT model

Niels Puttemans, ICT technician, Wath Comprehensive School

When Wath Comprehensive noticed a lack of IT skills in Y7, it worked with its learning community to identify issues holding students back. A survey quickly developed into offering IT support, both infrastructure and curriculum, to feeder schools. Niels will explore how this model created clear progression from early years up to Y13 and strengthened bonds between staff members and students.

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: Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton; Dale Coan, Hexthorpe Primary School, Doncaster CAS primary hub leader, CAS master teacher; Niels Puttemans, ICT technician, Wath Comprehensive School; Dinah Turner, director at Stepping Into Business 

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 ICT tools available to teachers and learners. He will share these with you and give you more reasons to be cheerful.





Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Dale Coan
Hexthorpe Primary School
Miles Berry
Computing Education, University of Roehampton
Natalie Moore
Apps for Good
Niels Puttemans
Wath Comprehensive


2 Simple
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
CASIO Projectors
Computing At School
Earwig Academic
Education City
Getech Education
iBoard Touch
LEBA Innovation
MCC Digital
New Era Education
Oakford Internet Services
Optimum OTrack
Pupil Asset
Robots in Schools
School ICT Services Ltd
Schools Broadband
Show my Homework
The Home Work Diary

Located in the heart of the UK, within easy reach of Doncaster Rail Station, Robin Hood Airport, and with excellent road links, Doncaster Racecourse is ideally placed for both national and international visitors.

By Road

Doncaster racecourse boasts excellent links to the motorway network including M1(jnc 32), M18 (jncs 3/4), A1M (jnc 36) and the M62. Car Parking is Free (outside of the Leger Festival) in Car Park C (enter opposite junction at Wickes on Leger Way).

Click here to download a map.

Please note: Car Parks A and C are operational throughout the year for all racing fixtures - Car Park C offers free parking and passes for Car Park A are available at £5 per car from the racecourse reception in advance or on the day.

Drop-off and collection points

Coaches and minibuses car park C, limousines car park A

Drop-off and collection is prohibited on Leger Way

Car Parking(as shown)

By Rail

The Racecourse is just two-and-a-half miles from Doncaster Train Station, which is on the main London-Edinburgh line. Journey times by rail from London are just an hour-and-three-quarters, and three hours from Edinburgh. A Shuttle Bus service is available from the interchange at regular intervals on race days.

National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950

Northern Rail Ltd

Offer direct trains to Doncaster at

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