Manchester 18 October 2019

ICT for Education, Manchester 2019

ICT for Education's national conference programme visits SALFORD on Friday 18 October 2019 and will be held at AJ BELL STADIUM.

The conference runs from 7.30am to 1.15pm.  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

Breakfast & Networking

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:40 – 9:10
Exploring the DfE EdTech Strategy
Bob Harrison, Support for Education and Training

In this session, Bob will explore whether the new DfE EdTech Strategy, with such a narrow definition of education technology and with no mention of ‘learning’, will help or hinder schools in their efforts to innovate and prepare young people for a digital future as a citizen and employee. Bob will also update delegates on progress in the implementation of the new computing curriculum

 9:10 - 09:30
Lessons in digital technology: from classroom to staff room  
Jeminatu Alabi-Isama, team leader, Google Education UK

An enlightening session on how to take digital technology into all areas of school management and classroom learning. You’ll come away from this session with:
  • The evidence to make cost savings within your school or academy
  • The inspiration to explore digital technologies with confidence and commitment
  • The understanding needed to boost knowledge sharing within your school community

09:30 – 10:10

10:10 – 10:30
The creative Computer Science classroom
Simon Howe, head of ICT, Ashton on Mersey School

This session explores innovative and creative ways to deliver a range of computing concepts through a variety of activities including physical computing, unplugged tasks, online cloud-based applications and programming. The focus is on inspiring pupils and empowering staff to adapt the delivery of Computer Science to ensure pupils’ enjoyment, engagement and motivation.

10:30 – 11:10
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.

11:10 – 11:40

11:40 – 12:00
Bringing technology to life
Simon Hunt, Year 4 teacher, Tottington Primary School

Simon loves using technology and Skype to bring the world to his students. Using Skype he and his students have spoken to famous authors, experts and film stars. In this session, Simon will share how you too can connect with the rest of the world and will describe how a simple poem and Skype session took a group of children to the EU parliament (invited and paid for by an MEP), a film premiere and was subsequently named on an EU law.

12:00 – 12.20
The role of monitoring in safeguarding children and preventing risks
Courtney Goodsell, product owner for student safety and wellbeing, Impero Software
How monitoring can support schools in preventing and identifying risks, and how it fits into the broader safeguarding and online safety picture.
12:20 – 12.30
NCCE presentation

Carol Murray

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch & close



Jeminatu Alabi-Isama
Team Leader, Google Education UK
Bob Harrison
Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board
Courtney Goodsell
Simon Howe
Head of ICT at Ashton on Mersey school
Simon Hunt
Tottington Primary School.


2 Simple
3 Step IT
All Office Ltd.
Connectus Scotland Ltd
Counterpoint IT Solutions
Crusader Solutions
Discovery Education
Edukey Education
Epson Uk Ltd
Faronics WISE
FrontRow UK
Getech Education
Impero Software
MCC Digital
National Centre for Computing Education
NCC Education Ltd
PowerGistics UK
Projector Lamps for Schools
Securus Software Ltd
Widgit Software
Wyvern Business Systems

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.


1 Stadium Way
Salford M30 7EY - Use postcode M30 7LJ for Sat Navs.

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).


Travelodge Manchester Central
Blackfriars Street, Manchester,
M3 5AL, United Kingdom 
Sat nav postcode: M3 5AL 
Tel: 08719 846159

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