Torquay 10 July 2015

ICT for Education, Torquay 2015

The ICT for Education national conference programme reaches Torquay on 10 July 2015 at The Riviera International Centre.

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 Torquay.

Conference schedule


Delegate registration – ICT supplier exhibition opens



Sarah Underwood, editor, ICT for Education

08:35 – 9:00

View from the top

John Woollard, senior teaching fellow, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton 

Based on his experience of training primary and secondary teachers in ICT and computing, John will discuss computational thinking as described in the computing curriculum. He will also consider the values of programming and unplugged activities, and detail community support programmes provided by Computing at School and the role of commercial products and services in structuring learning activities.

9:00 – 09:25

ICT in practice

Matthew Pitts, teacher, Broadclyst Community Primary School

Matthew will present some of the latest innovations implemented at Broadclyst Community Primary School and talk about the school’s ongoing ICT journey and the benefits it is delivering.

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

Ben Forte, director of learning commons, Devonport High School for Boys

Ben will present the ICT journey at Devonport High School for Boys, including digital leaders, Thinkspace, being the South West’s first Google Reference School and plans to develop the learning commons.

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: John Woollard, senior teaching fellow, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton; Natalie Moore, education community manager, Apps for Good; Ben Forte, Devonport High School for Boys; Matthew Pitts, teacher, Broadclyst Community Primary School; Dave Robinson, ICT/computing team leader, Babcock LDP

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.




Andy Hutt
initial teacher trainer and independent ICT consultant
Ben Forte
Devonport High School for Boys
Dave Robinson
Babcock LDP
Natalie Moore
Apps for Good


2 Simple
Babcock ldp
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
EXA Networks
Gylly Computers Services
iBoard Touch
ICE Technology
IDN Online
LEBA Innovation
NCi Technologies
School Apps
Schools Broadband
Show my Homework
Soft Egg
TME (Southwest) Ltd

Riviera International Centre
Chestnut Avenue

By Road

The Riviera International Centre is only 24 miles from the Exeter M5 junction (there are also Brown signs with Riviera International Centre along the route from this point).

On the M5 at Exeter continue along the A30 branching off left up Haldon Hill onto the A380 signposted to Newton Abbot/Torquay.

Continue into Torquay. On reaching traffic lights at Torre Railway Station (on your right), bear right following the signpost to the “Sea Front”.

At the second set of traffic lights (a 6-road intersection) turn second left into Chestnut Avenue and continue along 100 meters to the RICC on your right.



Please download and print this permit to use the RICC carpark  Click here

By Train
The Riviera International Centre is only 10 minutes walk from Torquay Train Station.

Fast train services offer direct links from all parts of the UK to Torquay (and Newton Abbot). It now takes just under 3 hours to get from London to Torquay.

Visit for up to date train times and prices to Torquay Station.

By Bus
There are several local bus services that stop nearby including 12, 12A, 12C, 61, X46, X80, and the Cockington Bus.
View the local public transport guide:

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