Agenda

July 5th, 2018

08:00-09:25

Coffee and Registration

09:25-09:30

Chairs Opening Remarks

Keeping Up with Technology - Making the Student of the Future

Professor Stephen Heppell



09:30-09:55

Keynote Session: Helping Academies Make the Most of Their Budgets


Steph McCahill, Head of Schools Category Team, Department for Education

Jim Gardner, Education ICT Adviser, Education Funding Agency, Department for Education

  • Making sure that every child and young person reaches their potential regardless of background.
  • Supporting Schools to make the most of their funding, providing advice, information and tools to help teaching leaders make the best financial decisions for their pupils.
  • Making sure that buyers in schools have the right relationships and skills
  • Making sure that Schools and their buyers are smart consumers
  • Making sure that buyers have access to the best value every time.


09:55-10:20

Keynote Presentation: Ensuring Efficient and Effectiveness is an Innate Part of the Procurement Process and the Technology being Procured

Rob Whitehead, Category Lead, Technology Products and Services Team, Crown Commercial Service

  • Ensuring Academies have access to an independent, objective help/advice/support service for technology procurement and deployment
  • Unpicking and transforming procurement policies
  • Investing in innovation and technology
  • Making decisions on digital technology based on proper impartial advice to get the best solution and achieve real value for money

10:20-10:45

Implementing Strategic Changes - Through Real-Life Examples

Michael Wilkinson, Deputy Managing Director, Frog Education


  • Real examples of how MATs are benefiting from centralised technologies
  • Sharing directed curriculum including lessons, coursework and exemplar materials
  • Improving cross-school collaboration and communications
  • Meaningful assessment, moderation, standardisation and improved quality of teaching
  • Centralising policies and procedures across the MAT
  • Each programme run at MAT level will reduce costs and teacher workload in all of their schools to enable increased teaching time.


10:45-11:15

Questions and Answers Session with Delegates

11:15-11:45

Coffee and Networking

11:45-12:45

Seminar Sessions A, B & C


  • SEMINAR A - The Parent Index: The Cost of Managing Relationships with Parents and How to Reduce them Whilst Increasing Parent Engagement
    • David Burgess, Director, Schoolcomms
  • SEMINAR B - Texthelp: Becoming Learner Centric Through the use of Technology
    • Patrick McGrath, EdTech Specialist, TextHelp
  • SEMINAR C - Learning, i3-Technologies
    • Davy De Rijbel, Product Manager Learning, i3-Technologies


12:45-13:45

Lunch and Networking

13:25-14:25

Seminar Sessions D, E, F & G


  • SEMINAR D - Group Call Session
  • SEMINAR E - CENTURY
    • Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder CEO - Century Tech
  • SEMINAR F - Empiribox Session
  • SEMINAR G - Keeping Up With Technology - Making The Student of the Future

    • Professor Stephen Heppell




14:45-15:05

Special Keynote: A Digital Future for Education and Skills

Bob Harrison, Education Adviser, Chair of Governors Northern College


  • Preparing our children for life in a digital world
  • The pitfalls of trying to force new digital technologies into old pedagogy
  • Enabling fresh thinking about the design, funding, delivery and regulation of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Challenging current thinking and recruiting a new cohort of "paradigm pioneers" to help schools and colleges on their journey

15:05-15:25

Preparing Children for a Life Online: Breaking Down Barriers and the Digital Divide

Stella James, Chief Executive, Gooseberry Planet


  • Demonstrating how gaming technology can effectively help children learn about internet safety
  • Highlighting the importance of involving parents in the child’s learning journey
  • Equipping teachers with a complete toolkit to effectively and confidently address the subject of E-Safety.
  • Raising the profile of E-Safety in schools
  • Engaging and educating the whole school community. 
  • Protecting and preparing children for a life online. 
  • Understanding and discussing the current threats and vulnerabilities that exist online for everyone. 
  • Reflecting upon your own online behaviours and explore practical strategies that can be used immediately to keep themselves and others safer online.
  • Managing Privacy Settings
  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc)
  • Live Video Streaming
  • Sharing Personal Information
  • Latest Apps to be aware of
  • Online Gaming
  • Monitoring a child’s internet usage
  • Advice for parents

15:25-15:45

Case Study

Sage Leading Session - Software & Solutions for Every Business

15:45-16:05

Special Keynote: The Future of Academies, Technology and Procurement in an Age of Change


Louise Davidson, Executive Principal, Tuxford Primary and ILRD Director, Diverse Academies Learning Partnership


  • Make the UK a world-leader in Education Technology
  • Empower teachers and learners through digital technology
  • Create and deliver a digital technology strategy
  • Understand the growing importance of “Big Data” and the threats and opportunities it brings
  • Harness students’ skills and imagination in the use of learning technologies, managed carefully across the curriculum
  • Identify the technology areas that will have most impact on Academies
  • Understand the Government’s ongoing response and the available expertise base across government, academia and industry
  • Put in place clear public statements about an Academy’s collection, use and analysis of data and for students to be informed about this
  • Discover whether we are sufficiently responding to procurement and technology developments
  • Strengthen Academies’ technology and procurement posture and help to improve effectiveness and efficiency in this area
  • Strategically budget and plan for the recurrent cost of basic technology infrastructure
  • Promote an Academy that is technological ready both for the pupil and wider school
  • Take time out to understand the latest technological advances
  • Learn about the latest procurement working and how it affects your organisation.

16:05-16:15

Thanks From Knowledge Exchange Group and the Academies and Schols Future Summit Team

Coffee, Networking and Close of Conference