Newcastle 23 September 2016

ICT for Education, Newcastle 2016

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Newcastle on 23 September 2016 at St James 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 Newcastle.

Conference schedule



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education 

08:35 – 9:00

Constructionism in Computing

Chris Wilde, school improvement advisor for IT and new technologies

How can hands on ‘maker’ activities help young people develop skills in computer science? Chris will present the view that pupils can develop a deep understanding of programming by creating artefacts. He will also touch on some of the innovative practices and events in the North East and consider how these can support a variety of projects in the classroom.

9:00 – 09:25

Subject to Change: Social Media and Education

Martin Waller, senior leader for e-learning and KS2, Holy Trinity Rosehill C.E. (VA) Primary School

Martin will discuss how social and Web 2.0 technologies have changed the way young people engage with literacy and meaning making in society. He will explore technologies used by young people and their impact on education, and share examples of how he has embedded digital technologies into the fabric of his connected classroom.

09:25 – 10:05

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.

10:05 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:05

Secondary school ICT strategies

Paul Robson, computer science master teacher, Cramlington Learning Village

The change from ICT to computing has been a shift for us all. Paul will discuss how Cramlington Learning Village has moved towards computer science while integrating existing technology and with a blended approach that uses different devices and a range of tools in lessons. Paul will also talk about plans for the future of computer science at Cramlington.

11.05 – 11:30

What could be more important than e-safety?

Perry Perrott, head of education, BCS Learning & Development

Would you let your son or daughter cross the road without applying the Green Cross Code? So why do we allow this behaviour in the virtual world, one which is potentially just as destructive? We want young people to see the internet as a positive and inclusive place that respects people’s differences, but how can we achieve this in education and what challenges do we face?

11:30 – 12:00   

Question Time

Join the debate and discuss topical issues including the curriculum, finance, CPD and more!

Moderator: Sarah Underwood

Panel members: Chris Wilde, school improvement advisor for IT and new technologies; Martin Waller, senior leader for e-learning and KS2, Holy Trinity Rosehill C.E. (VA) Primary School; Paul Robson, computer science master teacher, Cramlington Learning Village; Perry Perrott, head of education, BCS Learning & Development

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

More for Less

Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

In an entertaining, informative and updated 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.




Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Chris Wilde
North Tyneside School Improvement Service
Martin Waller
Paul Robson
Cramlington Learning village
Perry Perrott


2 Simple
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
CASIO Projectors
Castle Grange Technologies
Computing At School
Conquer Maths
Developing Experts
Durham County Council ICT Services
Earwig Academic
Getech Education
iBoard Touch
LEBA Innovation
MCC Digital
New Era Education
Oakford Internet Services
Paramount Group
Projector Lamps for Schools
School Audit by Inventry
School ICT Services Ltd
Schools Broadband
shoo•fly / School360
Show my Homework
Tyn Can Learning
Unique Publishing
VEX Robotics

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