Maidstone 07 March 2014

ICT for Education, Maidstone 2014

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Maidstone on 07 March 2014 at The Orchards Events Venue (formerly the East Malling Conference Centre).

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 Maidstone.

Conference schedule


Delegate registrationICT supplier exhibition opens



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

View from the top

Steve James, KLZ services manager, Education iT Services

School collaboration is a favourite topic in Kent and its schools, but what is the point? Why should we bother with collaborating? Aren’t we all busy enough already? This presentation will explore the benefits of collaboration and some of the ICT tools that can support collaborative working in Kent schools.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in practice  

Matt Hogan, ICT teacher, The King’s School            

This presentation will cover strategies to engage primary students with elearning and consider the relevance of elearning to a range of subject areas and skill sets. It 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!"

09:25 – 09:50

ICT in practice

Rob Davies, director of learning, IT, the Learning Schools Trust

Over the past year, Rob has overseen iPad and Microsoft Surface rollouts at two of the trust’s academies. He is now working on phase two of an Android tablet rollout and a bring-your-own-devices scheme, all of which he will detail in his presentation.

09:55 – 10:25

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.

10:25 – 10.55

Coffee break

10.55 – 11:45

Question Time: How can the new Computing curriculum best be taught and will it meet the needs of students, business and industry?

 Lead speaker: Kevin Young, CAS Master Teacher and elearning manager and head of ICT and computing at Maidstone Grammar School

 Panel discussion moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Richard French, market development manager, learning and development, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; Tina George, director, Sureline Communications; Matt Hogan, ICT teacher, The King’s School; Rob Davies, director of learning, IT, the Learning Schools Trust

11:45 – 12:15      

Making wireless work

Rob Leggett, founding director, Siracom

In this session we will look at the infrastructure solutions required to build a safe, reliable, consistent and scalable network that can support teaching and learning across school and underpin one-to-one and bring-your-own device environments. The presentation will cover everything from planning to operation, including issues such as security, device management and network management.

12:15 – 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.





Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Kevin Young
Matt Hogan
Alderley Edge School for Girls.
Richard French
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Rob Davies
the Learning Schools Trust
Rob Leggett
Cyber Distribution Ltd
Tina George
Sureline Communications


2 Simple
5 a day fitness
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Computer Talk
EiS Kent
Espresso Education
Essex Educational Services
LEBA Innovation
My Learning (UK) Ltd
Osborne technologies
Schools Broadband
Text Help
VII Networks Limited

By train it is a 15 minute walk from the station in East Malling village.

By Road:
From M20 (approx 10 mins):
Leave motorway at Junction 4 – A228, turning South towards West Malling and Tonbridge. On the roundabout, follow signs for Tonbridge/West Malling (A228). This is the new by-pass. At the traffic lights, take the left hand lane signposted Maidstone/West Malling (A20). Turn immediately right at the traffic lights onto the A20 east bound signposted, Maidstone, Larkfield and Ditton & East Malling. At the second set of lights (by Tesco Express petrol station, The Larkfield Priory Hotel and B&Q) turn right, signposted New Road, East Malling. Follow the road for approximately 1 mile past Bradbourne House. On your right you will pass a village hall and a park, opposite & just before you enter the village is the entrance to the East Malling Research Site in which The Conference Centre is situated.
From Maidstone:Leave Maidstone town centre on the A20 London Road and follow it for about five miles. After Ditton & Larkfield turn left at the traffic lights signposted East Malling, opposite the Larkfield Priory hotel and B&Q, thereafter, follow directions as above.From Tonbridge:Follow A26 towards Maidstone, then turn left on the A228 towards West Malling and Rochester. Follow the road for about three miles, then at the first set of lights, turn right for the A20, again towards Maidstone. Thereafter, follow directions as from M20.&a

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