July 5th, 2018


Coffee and Registration


Chairs Opening Remarks

Keeping Up with Technology - Making the Student of the Future

Professor Stephen Heppell


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.


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


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.


Questions and Answers Session with Delegates


Coffee and Networking


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


Lunch and Networking


Seminar Sessions D, E, F & G

  • SEMINAR D - Group Call Session
    • 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


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


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


Case Study

Sage Leading Session - Software & Solutions for Every Business


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.


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

Coffee, Networking and Close of Conference