Newbury 04 December 2015

ICT for Education, Newbury 2015

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Newbury on 04 December 2015 at Newbury Racecourse.

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 Newbury.

Conference schedule



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00

Challenges and opportunities

Tom Crick, senior lecturer, Computing Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Reflecting on one year of the new Computing curriculum in England, Tom will talk about the challenges and opportunities ahead, particularly around balancing computer science, IT and digital competencies, and the broad application of computational thinking and problem solving skills.

09:00 – 09:25

Strategies for teaching Computing

Alan O’Donohoe, education consultant

In a recent Computing At School survey, hundreds of teachers listed the challenges they face teaching Computing in their schools. Alan, a Computing At School Master Teacher, will describe and demonstrate five popular strategies that teachers can use to overcome the challenges. The presentation will be particularly useful for teachers in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, but the basic principles can be applied to older pupils as well. 

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


10:35 – 11:00

Curriculum Development

Samantha Badchkam, head of IT and computing, Waldegrave School

Samantha will discuss how the curriculum has changed and been developed since she arrived at Waldegrave School, and show how she has embodied IT, digital literacy and Computing at KS3 and GCSE. Her aim is to balance the curriculum at KS3 and give students a programme of study that will lead to choosing IT or computing at KS4.

11.00 – 11:30

Helping students become innovators and entrepreneurs

Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good

Natalie will discuss how Apps for Good teachers are helping students gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to become innovators and entrepreneurs. She will also describe how teachers are helping students develop the wider thinking and employability skills they will need after leaving school, and consider the benefits this offers not just to students, but also to teachers and the wider school community. 

11:30 – 12:10   

Question Time

The challenges and opportunities of deploying ICT in schools

Moderator: Sarah Underwood 

Panel members: Tom Crick, senior lecturer, Computing Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Alan O’Donohoe, education consultant; Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Samantha Badchkam, head of IT and computing, Waldegrave School

12:10 – 13:10


13:10 – 14:00

Reasons to be cheerful – Part two              

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

After presenting an entertaining session covering some of the great and easy-to-use ICT tools available to teachers and learners at last year’s ICT for Education conferences, Andy continues to explore fresh resources. He will share these with you in a new presentation that will give you more reasons to be cheerful.





Tom Crick
Cardiff Metropolitan University


2 Simple
3P Learning
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Cambridge International Examinations
du Pré plc
Earwig Academic
Education City
EXA Networks
Harrap ICT
iBoard Touch
LEBA Innovation
Oakford Internet Services
Oakford Technology
Projector Lamps for Schools
Schools Broadband
Soft Egg
The Home Work Diary
VEX Robotics

Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire is conveniently situated in the centre of the South of England, easily accessible from Junctions 12 and 13 of the M4, from the M3 and A34. The Racecourse has its own railway station with full details on available services below.

The Racecourse,
RG14 7NZ


How To Get Here

  • By Road


    The racecourse is clearly signposted and just minutes from Junctions 12 and 13 of the M4, also easily accessible from the M3. The course is clearly signposted from the M4 and from the A34 South of Newbury. There is ample FREE on-the-day parking.

  • By Train


    Newbury Racecourse has its own station, one stop from Newbury Station, with direct trains from London Paddington on selected major racedays and regular connections from the West.

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  • By Air


    The racecourse is within an hour of Heathrow and Southampton airports. We also have a helicopter landing area. However use of this is strictly by prior arrangement only with the Clerk of the Course. Please call the racecourse on 01635 40015 for details.

  • Car Parking

    Car Park 1, Centre of the Course - Premier Enclosure customers, Members, Hospitality customers and Sponsors.

    Car Park 2 - Owners & Trainers, Jockeys, Officials and Media.

    Car Park 3 - Horse boxes

    Car Park 4, Grandstand - Grandstand Enclosure customers Coaches, Limousines and Minibuses - there will be an allocated section for Premier Customers & Members who wish to park in this car park.

    Note: If you are unsure of where to park, please ask one of our car parking attendants who will direct you to the correct area.

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