Manchester 18 October 2013

ICT for Education, Manchester 2013

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Manchester on 18 October 2013 at Salford 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 – 08:55

View from the top

Mike Briscoe, director, IET Associates

Mike has a unique perspective on the leadership and ICT agenda. His presentation will consider how to ensure ICT is well led and how to ensure leaders understand its implications and the support they will need. IET Associates has partnered with Connecting Learning to develop EXite, a leadership programme that looks at the issues that are critical to successful ICT.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in the classroom   

Bob Harrison, chair of the Teaching Agency ICT Expert Group and the Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board

The new national curriculum for computing: past imperfect, present tense and future conditional. Bob will discuss benefits and challenges around changes to the curriculum.

09:25 – 09:50

ICT in the Classroom

Tom Sale, ICT subject leader, Mereside Primary School

Tom will review the use of ICT at Mereside Primary School. As an Innovation in Education and Blackpool Innovation award winner, Tom will share his experience, creativity and outstanding practice with all educators, not just technology experts. 

09:55 – 10:35

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.

10:35 – 11.05

Coffee break

11.05 – 11:45

Question Time: Will 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: Richard French, market development manager, learning and development, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; Mike Briscoe, director IET Associates; Tina George, director, Sureline Communications; Tom Sale, ICT subject leader, Mereside Primary School; Graham Cooper, head of product strategy, Capita SIMS

11:45 – 12:15      

Making wireless work


Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Bob Harrison
Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board
Mike Briscoe
IET Associates
Richard French
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Rob Leggett
Cyber Distribution Ltd
Tina George
Sureline Communications


2 Simple
APEX Computing Services
AT Computers
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Classroom Monitor
Click View
Day Dream Education
Education City
Entry Sign
EXA Networks
LEBA Innovation
Optimum OTrack
Osborne technologies
PC Werth
Room Booking System
Schools Broadband
Show my Homework
Synergy Learning
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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