Maidstone 08 March 2013

ICT for Education, Maidstone 2013

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Maidstone on 08 March 2013 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

08:30 – 08.50

View from the top:

Siôn Humphreys, policy advisor, NAHT

Siôn will open the conference with a presentation on the curriculum and the implications of the recently published draft National Curriculum. He will also consider issues of social media in education.

08.55 – 09:15

Developing the use of ICT

Carol Webb, assistant headteacher, Invicta Grammar School

09:15 – 09:35

ICT in the classroom

Katy Gill, head of ICT,  Sturry Primary School

09:40 – 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

Coffee break

10:35 – 11:15

Question Time: Will forthcoming changes to the national curriculum improve the ICT capacity of schools and students to an extent that will benefit employers?

Chair: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Siôn Humphries, policy advisor, NAHT; Richard French, director of educational policy, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; Tina George, director, Sureline Communications; Carol Webb, assistant headteacher, Invicta Grammar School

11:25 – 12:15      

ICT Reviews Live!

In a special hands-on session we will examine the infrastructure requirements for a successful one-to-one or bring your own devices scheme and demonstrate some of the components including wireless networks, mobile device management, bring your own device security and multimedia resource delivery.

12:15 – 13:10


13:10 – 14:00

So many tools, so much to do, so how will we do it?

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant

With so many tools to help with planning and resourcing, so many ways to help make lessons involving and effective, and so many technologies to foster creativity and love of learning, why is it that there can still be a reluctance to engage with these technologies? Andy will explore some tools for teaching and learning, and some of the ways in which we can promote and support their use in our schools.

14:15 Close



Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Carol Webb
Invicta Grammar School


5 a day fitness
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Computers for Africa
Education City
EiS Kent
Entry Sign
ePlatform from Peters Books & Furniture
Espresso Education
LEBA Innovation
NCS Technology
Osborne technologies
PC Werth
RM Education
Schools Broadband
VII Networks Limited
Waller Building and Glazing

Located approximately ten minutes from the M20. By train it is a fifteen minute walk from the station in East Malling village.
By Road:
From M20:
Leave the motorway at Junction 4 – A228, turning South towards West Malling and Tonbridge. On the roundabout, follow signs for Tonbridge/West Malling (A228). 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. At the next set of lights, turn right signposted Maidstone, Larkfield, Ditton & East Malling. Thereafter, follow directions as from M20 above.
On the Site:
Having turned onto the site from East Malling Village, follow the signs to the Conference Centre/Visitors Car Park, following the loop road around the buildings for about half a

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