Manchester 17 October 2014

ICT for Education, Manchester 2014

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Manchester on 17 October 2014 at A J Bell Stadium.

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 Manchester.

Conference schedule


Delegate registrationICT supplier exhibition opens



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

The Death of Digital Literacy?

Drew Whitworth, programme director, MA: digital technologies, communication and education, School of Education, University of Manchester

Since the coalition took power in 2010, the idea of digital literacy has become absorbed into a more technical project of developing computational thinking in young learners. Focusing on programming, while laudable, harks back to the 1980s and a different real-world ICT environment. What has been lost from the new digital literacy discourse is critical thinking, which has never been more important to learners. This presentation discusses why this is and presents research on the political issues arising.

9:00 – 09:25

Introducing iSchool

Ken Cornforth, former principal of Pudsey Grangefield School

iSchool integrates tablets, apps and realigned teacher expertise to create a profound and contemporary learning experience. With the assistance of iSchool graduates, Ken will describe the values, learning model and structures that make iSchool tick, and present its impact on student progress as measured to date. 

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

Coffee break 

10:35 – 11:00

Engaging students with elearning  

Matt Hogan, elearning expert and ICT and computing teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls 
Matt will cover strategies to engage primary students with elearning and consider the relevance of elearning to a range of subject areas and skill sets. He will also consider how to inspire students to become creative with technology, rather than simply learning to use it. A simple yet effective message: "Take one idea and make it happen!"  

11.00 – 11:30

How to use social media safely in education

Jennifer Begg, digital media specialist

If your students aren't already using social media to communicate with each other, you know they will soon. How can you equip them to do this safely? There is a great way that involves integrating certain tools into your teaching and it will help you deliver the curriculum. You don't have to be an expert and there are ways to create the illusion of a social network within a private, safe, space online. Jennifer will give you practical, actionable advice from her own experience in the classroom. 

11:30 – 12:15   

Question Time

How best can schools implement the Computing Curriculum and will it prove fit for purpose?

 Lead speaker: Dave Ames, Computing at School regional coordinator

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Matt Hogan, elearning expert and ICT and computing teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls; Ken Cornforth, former principal of Pudsey Grangefield School; Graham Cooper, head of product strategy, Capita SIMS; Tina George, director at Sureline Communications

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
Drew Whitworth
Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
Jennifer Begg
co-founder of twobees
Ken Cornforth
Pudsey Grangefield School
Matt Hogan
Alderley Edge School for Girls.


2 Simple
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Earwig Academic
EXA Networks
Interactive Education
LEBA Innovation
LEGO Education
New Ways to Learn
Overnet Data
PC Werth
Rising Stars
Room Booking System
Schools Broadband
Show my Homework
Text Help
Tyn Can Learning
VII Networks Limited

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)
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).


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