Reading 10 May 2019

ICT for Education, Reading 2019

ICT for Education's national conference programme visits READING on Friday 10 May 2019 and will be held at the (Madejski 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, 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

Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:40 – 9:10
Progression in problem solving
Miles Berry, principal lecturer, computing education, University of Roehampton
Miles will explore how pupils’ problem solving strategies in computing develop from their first use of digital technology in EYFS through the development of computational thinking and coding skills in the computing national curriculum and on to tackling complex and open-ended challenges at GCSE or A Level. He will provide some practical examples of problems pupils might solve, and detail strategies and techniques they can use as their confidence, think computational thinking and coding skills develop.

9:10 - 09:30
‘Cheap seats’ in the classroom
Simone Martorina, business manager for visual instruments, Epson UK

A good education is vital for every child’s future, and every pupil is entitled to the same learning experience. Much has changed in classrooms in recent years, affecting how lessons are taught and how teachers keep students engaged as they become tech native from an early age, and as external budget cuts continue to put pressure on schools and academies. In this session, we will talk about the meaning of ‘cheap seats’ in the classroom and the impacts they can have on schools across the UK.

9:30 - 09:50
Developing stem capacity
Peter Marshman, head of computer science & ICT, Leighton Park School
Peter will share the success of a multi-award winning iSTEM+ project and show a framework and case studies that can enable schools to build a creative STEM capacity. He will share approaches that build self-efficacy in girls and increase the number of girls selecting STEM subjects, and how empowering young STEM ambassadors can provide role models and support fruitful relationships with the local community. Through these approaches, adding the ‘plus’ to STEM, schools can prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution, university, the workplace and beyond.

09:50 – 10:30
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.

10:30 – 11:30

11.30 – 11.50
21st century skills: strategies to incorporate multimedia
Julia Elfred, computing team leader at Christ Church C of E Primary School

This session will explore the use of video, imagery, audio and digital text in the classroom. Participants will experience a range of proven, highly engaging activities to support interactive teaching and learning strategies that are adaptable and easy to implement across different subjects. Participants will have the opportunity to try some of these strategies for themselves and leave with new ways to energise and enthuse their pupils.
11:50 – 12.10
Going Digital?
Dan Melly, partner manager, Fujitsu Uk
Does your document management system need an update? Fujitsu explains how, by implementing digital working practices including scanning and digitisation of materials, your school can gain the benefits of enhanced collaboration between staff members, pupils and parents, as well as better administration and an improved pupil learning experience.

12:10 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:00
The internet: challenges and opportunities
Guest speaker: Andy Hutt, educational ICT consultant

Andy returns to ICT for Education 2019 with another entertaining and helpful presentation. This year his theme is the internet, the dominant cultural force of our time that commands increasing amounts of young people’s time and attention. Andy will look at tools and resources that can help teachers save time and cost, and help teachers guide young people as they learn and develop in the increasingly distracting internet world.




Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Dan Melly
Partner Manager Midwich - Fujitsu
Julia Elfred
Julia Elfred is the Computing Team Leader at Christ Church C of E Primary School
Miles Berry
Computing Education, University of Roehampton
Peter Marshman
Peter is head of Computer Science and ICT at Leighton Park School


2 Simple
3 Step IT
Counterpoint IT Solutions
Crusader Solutions
Discovery Education
Edukey Education
FrontRow UK
Getech Education
Hardware Associates
National Centre for Computing Education
Projector Lamps for Schools
SAM Labs
Securus Software Ltd
Trackit Lights
Wyvern Business Systems

Directions to Madejski Stadium

Getting to Madejski Stadium is extremely simple and our home has excellent links to all transport networks.

Directions by road 
From Junction 11 of the M4, follow signs towards Reading. Madejski Stadium is on your left-hand side after less than a mile. For SatNav systems, our postcode is RG2 0FL. 

Directions by rail 
The nearest rail station is Reading. From there, simply take a Greenwave Park & Ride green bus that takes you direct to the Stadium. Average journey time less than 10 minutes. A taxi to the Stadium, from the train station/town centre should cost approximately £10. 


Travelodge Reading Central
Oxthorn House, 60 Oxford Road,
Reading, RG1 7LT, United Kingdom 
Tel: 08719 846211


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