Descriptions of the main themes and topics that our speakers intend to cover in their sessions are outlined below to assist you in gaining a strong overview of the conference:


Graham Feek & Stephen Sanderson: KEYNOTE, CROSS-PHASE

The global pandemic significantly changed mindsets about how technology can positively influence many of the activities and tasks we undertake every day. The move to a world where AI, automation and augmentation will influence many, if not most, elements of our life and work has come significantly closer. This offers huge potential for education, where the role technology can play in supporting learners and teachers has had great exposure.


However, there are significant challenges to educators. How do we ensure that engagement in technology in education continues – and moves beyond technology being seen as principally the facilitator of remote education. How do educators seize the opportunities and ensure that they and their students can thrive in this new world?

 

 
Bukky Yusuf: Workshop, CROSS-PHASE

In this session, edtech expert and senior leader Bukky Yusuf will consider the key leadership challenges facing schools when it comes to leading edtech this year and beyond. She will consider how to build confidence around edtech across school staff and communities, how to prepare your school for the digital age, the impact and effect of Covid-19 on edtech strategy, and how to evaluate the many wonderful claims made by edtech products and services. This session will help you to evaluate your school’s approaches to edtech to ensure they are fit-for-purpose.

 

 
Al Kingsley: Workshop, CROSS-PHASE

In this presentation, Al will reflect and highlight the key considerations when shaping a school or MAT digital strategy in an era of Covid-19 and remote education. He will highlight how remote learning and increased digital communication and collaboration need to be added to the vision and what this might look like. The session will offer practical insights into creating an effective digital strategy to stand your school in good stead in 2021 and beyond.

 

 
Osi Ejiofor: KEYNOTE, PRIMARY

This workshop will be led by education technology trainer Osi Ejiofor, who has 14 years’ experience in primary education, including teaching computing and ICT across three London boroughs and developing the use of technology in each school. During the workshop, Osi will offer practical reflections and ideas for schools on how to empower teaching staff in the use of digital technology, creating a digitally literate workforce. He will consider disseminating best practice and tech know-how, how we can effectively train staff during the current Covid-19 pandemic, what our priorities for training should be, and effective transition from training to classroom practice.

 


Joanna Coates & Andrew Stogdale: Workshop
, PRIMARY

The Tees Valley Education MAT consists of four primary schools and one special school. This workshop will take a practical look at a number of the schools’ approaches to remote and blended learning – considering how the strategies work in practice, lessons learned, dos & don’ts and advice for other schools that might wish to adapt and adopt these ideas. Themes will include assessment and the use of the Seesaw App as part of pupil feedback. Andrew and Joanna will also discuss the use of the Showbie service and how this is integrated into the school day. The workshop will touch upon other teaching and learning approaches & ideas, including the processes, principles and intentions behind their use and why certain approaches work in certain ways. The schools work in areas of economic disadvantage and much of their work has been with disadvantaged families where access to technology has been a challenge. The workshop will include discussion of how the schools have overcome this significant barrier.

 

 
Chris Wilkins: Workshop, PRIMARY

How are we learning to adapt our use of technology – and making something positive come out of the Covid-19 period? Covid-19 has pushed us into a new norm. This session will take you through the key learning points from our journey through classroom teaching and learning, home learning, teaching from home and blended face-to-face and home learning. It will detail how we are planning to use this learning to improve our schools for the future, exploring the use of technology and remote learning in the areas of feedback and assessment, attendance, finance and specialist teaching. This session will be led by experienced headteacher Chris Wilkins, who is Director of Primary Education at Cumbria Education Trust.

 


Paul Haigh: KEYNOTE, SECONDARY

Our approach to edtech in schools has been dramatically transformed because of the Covid-19 pandemic this year. But how does our experience of lockdown make us re-evaluate the importance of an edtech strategy and the place to remote learning in our schools today? In this presentation, Paul Haigh will discuss how his school’s edtech approaches have adapted and evolved this year, including senior leadership strategy and vision, technology and the curriculum, staff CPD, blended learning, the digital divide and mobile devices, cyber-security and more. He will seek to offer practical insights and lessons learned from the school’s edtech work this year as well as practical reflections for senior leaders in other schools.

 

 
John Coats: Workshop, SECONDARY

Notre Dame High School in Sheffield is an Associate Research School and one half of the Ed Tech Sheffield collaboration. In this session, Director of School Improvement John Coats will share the school's experiences of implementing remote learning, mapped against the recommendations of the recent Rapid Evidence Assessment on Remote Learning published by the Education Endowment Foundation. The session will offer practical insights and lessons learned about effective remote education provision.

 
  

Alex Smith: Workshop, SECONDARY

How can you convince those staff nervous with technology to give it a go? How do you stop those adept with technology making everyone feel left behind? How can you gain the most out of both groups? What technology even works when it comes to “remote education”? This session will look into how you can support a school community with adoption of new technologies. It will explore the ways in which you can get all stakeholders involved and discuss some lessons learned. The sessions will explore some of the tools we have found effective for remote education from the pupils’ experience. The session will also touch upon the challenges of live teaching online.

 


Matt Bromley: Workshop, CROSS-PHASE

Matt will share the lessons we’ve learned from the recent lockdown on making a success of blended learning approaches. He will argue that pre-recorded instructional videos are preferable to live learning if the goal is to impart knowledge and sets out a handy 5-part plan for structuring online learning to maximise students’ long-term retention. He shares advice on how to assess and give feedback online, and how to support students through live coaching. He also explains how to use remote learning to complement classroom-based approaches. Matt looks to the longer-term and offers some pragmatic advice on our wider use of edtech, including how we might use it to provide more flexible working practices that can help reduce teacher workload and improve rates of teacher retention.

 


John Hayes: Workshop, CROSS-PHASE

In this session, which will be relevant to both primary and secondary colleagues, John Hayes will be explaining the ways in which he has used edtech to increase efficiencies in his work and save time. John will cover the benefits of working through Office 365 and examine the ways that Teams, One Note and Power Automate can be harnessed to streamline workload. The session will offer insights into how schools can adapt and adopt some of John's strategies and approaches. John says: "I have been on my edtech journey for approximately 18 months now; a journey that has provided me with so much. I have loved the continuous development you can gain from the supportive edtech networks out there, the creativity it brings to my teaching life and the opportunity to train others in the world of edtech. A world that is not as scary as some first think."

 
 

Daniel Sobel & Sara Alston: Workshop, CROSS-PHASE

In this session, the authors of The inclusive Classroom: A New Approach to differentiation – Sara Alston and Daniel Sobel – will review the key issues relation to supporting and promoting differentiation to support children with SEND to access online learning effectively. They will look at the underlying pedagogic issues of what children with SEND need to succeed in learning and how to achieve this practically online, considering barriers, solutions and benefits to support learning.

 

 
Bob Harrison: On-Demand Bonus, CROSS-PHASE

In a digital future for teaching, learning and assessment, the current principles for learning design will be examined and challenged for their fitness for purpose. The session will suggest that we need a paradigm shift in our thinking about how we can enhance and extend learning and empower learners to make more effective use of digital technology now and, more importantly, in the future. Bob Harrison will offer school leaders his practical insights and reflections to help them evaluate and develop their own approaches to edtech and digital learning.