Midlands 17 November 2017

ICT for Education, Midlands 2017

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Midlands on 17 November 2017 at Cranmore Park.

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 Midlands.

Conference schedule
Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00
Coding across the curriculum
Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton
Now computing is firmly established as a subject in many schools, there is a great opportunity for pupils to apply their newly acquired programming skills in the context of some of the other subjects they study. Ranging from Monte Carlo methods for estimating π, to composing music with Sonic Pi, Miles will present a quick tour of a few ways pupils can practice programming in meaningful contexts and deepen their knowledge and understanding of other disciplines.
9.00 – 10.00
More for less
Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant
In an entertaining and informative session, Andy will share with you some of the many free and low-cost ICT tools that can enhance your work in the classroom. He will also present new ideas to help you get more for less.          
10:00 – 10:40
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.
10.40 – 11.25
11.25 – 11.50
Strategies to engage students
Matt Hogan, Computing and ICT teacher, Alderley Edge School for Girls
Matt will cover strategies to engage 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, particularly girls, to become creative with technology, rather than simply learning to use it. A simple but effective message: Take one idea and make it happen!
11:50 – 12.15
Inspiring computer scientists
Matt Warne, head of Computing and IT at RGS The Grange preparatory school, Worcester
A presentation on Top 10 hints and tips to inspire the next generation of Computer Scientists and, of course, make the subject fun and accessible to all.
12:15 – 13.00
13.00 – 14.00
Excite, engage, empower
Karine George, former primary school headteacher
Some simple and practical examples of how to build dynamic learning that moves away from the constraints of the classroom and links learners to a wealth of expertise to facilitate conversations that enhance real learning in a real world.


Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Karine George
Matt Hogan
Alderley Edge School for Girls.
Matt Warne
Matt Warne
Miles Berry
Computing Education, University of Roehampton


2 Simple
3P Learning
Adaptive IT Solutions
Alphadigital Networks
Atomwide Managed Services
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Cambridge International Examinations
Computing At School
Crusader Solutions
Education City
Edukey Education
Faronics WISE
Genee World
Getech Education
Hardware Associates
Harrap ICT
iBoard Touch
Infortrend Technology
Interactive Education
Libresoft Librarian
NCC Education Ltd
New Era Education
Proactive AV
Projector Lamps for Schools
Redway Networks
Rocket Fund
Schools Broadband
The Cabling Company
Public Transport:

Rail - Solihull Station and Shirley Station are both approximately 2 miles from Cranmore Park, Birmingham International is 8 miles away.

Bus - No. 6 bus leaves Solihull Rail Station at 10 minute intervals to Marshall Lake Road and then an 800 yard walk down Cranmore Road to Cranmore Boulevard. The same bus leaves Birmingham City Centre.

Local Directions to Cranmore Park from:

Junction 4 - M42

  • A34 Stratford Road follow signs for Birmingham
  • At fourth island turn right onto Cranmore Boulevard
  • At second mini roundabout turn right onto Highlands Road
  • First left into Cranmore Avenue

M6 - North of Birmingham

  • Leave M6 at junction 4A for M42 South
  • Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham
  • Follow local map and directions

From NorthEast - M1

  • Leave M1 at junction 23A for A42 Birmingham
  • A42 leads into M42
  • Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham
  • Follow local map and directions

From SouthWest - M5

  • Leave M5 at junction 4A for M42
  • Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham
  • Follow local map and directions

M6 - South of Birmingham

  • Leave M6 at junction 4 for M42 South
  • Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham
  • Follow local map and directions

From South - M40

  • Leave M40 for M42 North
  • Follow signs to NEC and Birmingham Airport
  • Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham
  • Follow local map and directions

From South East - M1

  • Leave M1 at junction 19 for M6
  • Leave M6 at junction 4 for M42 South
  • Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham
  • Follow local map and directions


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