Manchester 12 October 2018

ICT for Education, Manchester 2018

ICT for Education's national conference programme visits MANCHESTER on Friday 12 October 2018 and will be held at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.

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, we have sourced a great line-up of speakers who will address ICT challenges faced by both teachers and schools.  Alongside the conference, we will be hosting 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, please ensure they register.  

We look forward to meeting you!

Conference schedule

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:40 – 09:10
Services to meet school needs

Bob Harrison, Support for Education and Training
Bob will explore key policy issues affecting schools: the recent epiphany of Damian Hinds around the transformative potential of technology for teaching, learning and assessment, and its implications for schools; and the latest developments in the saga of the computing curriculum, news about the £84 million project for a National Computing Centre, and improved CPD for teachers of computing.
09:10 – 09:30
ICT security in schools

Paul Ducklin, senior technologist, Sophos
Paul will discuss the tricks that cybercriminals use to attack schools, and give you his top three tips to stay secure. Best of all, these are all things you can do for free, saving you time and money so you can concentrate on your students.
09:30 – 9:50
Cloud applications in the classroom

Simon Howe, head of ICT, Ashton on Mersey School
This session will explore innovative ways to use cloud-based applications that can help you save time and money, and reduce your workload. It will also focus on the teaching and learning benefits of cloud-based applications at Ashton on Mersey School and across the Dean Trust.
9:50 – 10:30
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.
10:30 – 11:30

11:30 – 11:50
Primary school curriculum

Jamie Edmondson, primary school ICT specialist and teacher
Jamie will present a case study describing his experience of moving from the ICT to the computing curriculum in a primary school.
11:50 – 12:10
STEM, the key to creating skills for the future

Will Glass, 3D Product Specialist, ArtSystems
The effects of Industry 4.0 will be profound on our society, influencing our daily lives. Importantly, it will affect the way we design, develop and manufacture products. This will require a workforce with new and different skillsets than those that exist today. This presentation will define Industry 4.0 and suggest steps educators can take to prepare students for it.
12:10 – 13.00

13:00 – 14:00
More for less

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant
Andy returns to Manchester with another informative and entertaining presentation. He will be sharing and showcasing some new and varied ICT tools, tips and techniques that you can deploy quickly, easily and effectively in your classroom and school.


Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Bob Harrison
Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board
Jamie Edmonson
Paul Ducklin
Paul Ducklin
Simon Howe
Head of ICT at Ashton on Mersey school


2 Simple
3P Learning
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Centerprise International
Computing At School
CRB Cunninghams
Crusader Solutions
Discovery Education
Education City
Faronics WISE
FrontRow UK
Getech Education
Konica Minolta
MCC Digital
Nationwide Retail Systems Ltd
Osborne technologies
Projector Lamps for Schools
Rapid Education
School ICT Services Ltd
School Spider
Securus Software Ltd
Text Help
tier 1
VEX Robotics
Virtue Technologies

The stadium is located at Barton close to Junction 11 of the M60 on the A57 Liverpool Road.


By road

The stadium is located at Barton close to Junction 11 of the M60 on the A57 Liverpool Road.


Salford City Stadium
1 Stadium Way
Eccles M30 7EY

Until the stadium postcode becomes operational on sat nav devices, please use this postcode – M30 7LJ.

By public transport

Buses from Manchester city centre and Eccles
Number 67 to Liverpool Road, Irlam (runs every 12 mins peak and between every 15-30 mins off peak). The stadium is a two minute walk to the stadium from this stop.

Buses from the Trafford Centre (many services connect here from across the region) The Number 100 to Liverpool Road, Irlam. (runs every 12 mins peak and between every 15-30 mins off peak). The stadium is a two minute walk to the stadium from this stop.

Information on all public transport can be found at or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.


The nearest Metrolink tram stop is Eccles. From here the stadium is approximately 40 minutes’ walk or take the number 67 bus along Liverpool Road (as above).


The nearest train stations are Irlam and Patricroft. From both stations, walk to Liverpool Road and take the number 67 bus (as above).


With over 600 free parking spaces available for exhibitors and delegates - park in the main car park, using M30 7JL for your sat nav.

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