Leeds 06 March 2015

ICT for Education, Leeds 2015

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Leeds on 06 March 2015 at Wetherby 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 Leeds.

Conference schedule


Delegate registrationICT supplier exhibition opens



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

View from the top:

Simon Thomson, head of e-learning, Centre for Learning & Teaching, Leeds Beckett University

At a time when digital technology is becoming part of our everyday lives, how can we consider its effective integration into learning and teaching activities? Simon will introduce a conversational framework to support technology implementation and discuss how it is being used to support staff in the effective use of mobile devices for learning and teaching.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in practice

Alison Darroch and Sarah Steel, Robin Hood Primary School

Alison and Sarah will share Robin Hood's journey towards integrating electronic observations and assessments across the curriculum.

09:25 – 10:00

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.

10:00 – 10:35


10:35 – 11:00

Managing the new Computing curriculum

Roger Davies, director of IT, Queen Elizabeth School, and editor of Computing at School magazine SwitchedON

The new Computing curriculum is much more than a rebranding exercise for ICT. Roger, a founder member of Computing at School (CAS), will outline why the curriculum has changed, how computational thinking can frame approaches to teaching, and what challenges schools face managing the change.

11.00 – 11:30

Chris Sharples, head of ICT, Lady Lumley's School

How to develop digital leaders

A practical guide - with examples of what works well and what doesn't – on how to develop digital leaders for both primary and secondary schools. Chris will discuss setting up and maintaining digital leader programmes and the latest on accreditation. He will also note links to advice, support and free resources including #dlchat and www.gr8ict.com

11:30 – 12:10   

Question Time The challenges and opportunities of deploying ICT in schools

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Simon Thomson, head of e-learning, Centre for Learning & Teaching, Leeds Beckett University; Chris Sharples, head of ICT, Lady Lumley's School; Roger Davies, director of IT, Queen Elizabeth School and editor of SwitchedON

12:10 – 13:10


13:10 – 14:00

Reasons to be cheerful?                               

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

This might be difficult to imagine at times but, in terms of resources and opportunities to learn from each other, this is a great time to be a teacher. Andy’s entertaining and informative session will explore some of the ICT tools and resources that provide reasons to be cheerful.




Alison Darroch
Robin Hood Primary School.
Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Chris Sharples
Lady Lumley's School
Roger Davis
Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
Sarah Steel
Robin Hood Primary School
Simon Thomson
Leeds Beckett University


2 Simple
Amazing Interactive
Computing At School
EXA Networks
Furlong Solutions
LEBA Innovation
Paramount Group
Phoenix Software
Primary Technology
Schools Broadband
Schools ICT
Show my Homework
Smart Assess

Wetherby Racecourse & Conference Centre is located just minutes from Junction 46 (Wetherby Services) on the A1(M).

Our postcode for your Sat Nav is LS22 5EJ.

The Racecourse offers acres of FREE public car-parking.

If you want to know more about rail and bus links, please visit www.wetherbyracing.co.uk

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