Academies and Schools Future Summit

July 5th, 2018

Seminar Sessions

Good use of technology and effective and efficient procurement are vital to the ongoing success of your Academy. Training and awareness are critical for your organisation’s staff, ensuring that they have the relevant knowledge and skills to correctly utilise and understand the changing landscape of digital technology and procurement.

Our seminars are designed to help provide you with more certainty, assurance, and guidance for your organisation and help you improve your decision-making in regards to your technology requirements and your purchasing processes and decisions.

Seminar A

The Parent Index: The Cost of Managing Relationships with Parents and How to Reduce them Whilst Increasing Parent Engagement.

The Parent Index: The Cost of Managing Relationships with Parents and How to Reduce them Whilst Increasing Parent Engagement.

How much should we charge for clubs, school meals & plays, and how much are parents happy to donate to school? This workshop will share information and insights gathered from serving over 9,000 schools in the UK and aims to set a benchmark for the cost of parent engagement and highlight where schools can drive down costs whilst continuing to build and maintain strong relationships with parents.

Speaker: David Burgess, Director, Schoolcomms

Seminar B

Becoming Learner Centric Through the Use of Technology

Becoming Learner Centric Through the Use of Technology

Technology use is now an integral part of everyday school life. As a result, we now have the means to develop learner centric approaches to teaching; to empower pupils; to help them self direct their learning and to offer a choice of tools that build on their individual interests, passions and skills. By doing so, we create independence for our pupils and build 21st century ‘soft skills’. The challenge of course is how we make this happen.

In this session, we’ll explore how we build a vision towards a learner centric approach - one that can be integrated into statutory requirements and assessment methodologies and one that assists in driving attainment for all. We’ll also explore how best to empower students by providing flexible, personalised learning through technology - enabling pupils to build their own learning pathways across the curriculum and across the school.

Creating a learner centric vision with technology extends beyond school walls, so we’ll be discussing collaborative and social learning, involving all stakeholders - from teachers to parents to industry.

Through evidence, case examples and discussion, this session will result in a vision for a personalised, student centric roadmap for learning, supported by realistic practical steps that every school can take with technology towards that goal.

Key Points:

  • Creating a learner centred vision
  • Delivering competency based learning within traditional assessment
  • Enabling students to be independant and in control
  • Facilitating Student led learning pathways
  • Personalising and keeping learning relevant and in context
  • Breaking down walls - beyond the classroom
  • The power of social learning
  • Involving parents & stakeholders
  • Integrating the vision with the reality
  • Making it happen

Speaker: Patrick McGrath, EdTech Specialist, Texthelp

Seminar C

Choosing the right tools to enable 21st century learning skills

Choosing the right tools to enable 21st century learning skills

The world is changing at a rapid pace. The changes offer challenges and opportunities for education in the 21st century.

In this session you will learn:

  • How technology can enable different learning methods
  • Use cases of successful implementation in secondary and higher education
  • How to choose the right interactive learning tools for 21st century learning skills, depending on the investment capacity & type of lesson activities of organisations.

Speaker: Davy De Rijbel, Product Manager Learning, i3-Technologies

Seminar D

Rise of the Robots?

Rise of the Robots?

In the context of Ofsted trialling machine learning to optimise their own processes, Data Scientist Matt Woodruff considers how machine learning and AI can play a part in predicting outcomes and identifying appropriate interventions to help improve outcomes for all education stakeholders.

Speaker: Matt Woodruff, Data Scientist and Paul Palmer, Head of Business Development, Groupcall

Seminar E

Online Learning and Assessment: What Does the Future Hold?

Online Learning and Assessment: What Does the Future Hold?

We are committed to creating advanced technology that provides every individual with a top-tier education and helps teachers work smarter not harder.

We understand that every student learns in a different way and deserves an educational journey tailored to suit their needs.

We believe teachers are most valuable when they focus on teaching students, rather than wading through paperwork.

We know the importance of real-time data, which enables educators to respond to students’ needs.

So in a nutshell CENTURY provides teachers with detailed insights into their students’ learning so less time is spent on marking, data entry, and reporting.

We enable educators to make informed decisions about their students to create maximum impact.

Speaker: Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder CEO - Century Tech

Seminar F

The Impact of Practical Science in Primary School

The Impact of Practical Science in Primary School

Teachers and pupils from Granard Primary School, London, talk about how implementing a school wide practical approach to science has improved pupil engagement and facilitated opportunities for deeper learning.

Year 4 children will demonstrate their favourite investigations from Empiribox, the number one practical science service for primary schools, and illustrate how this approach has had significant impact on their progress in other areas of the curriculum.

Speaker: Empiribox Ltd and Granard Primary School

Seminar G

Keeping Up With Technology - Making The Student of the Future

  • Digital literacy – the ability to operate effectively as a citizen in the 21st century.
  • Understanding the impact of new technologies on society, including the ways in which new technologies change disciplines (e.g. history, chemistry, English, etc)
  • Understanding the nature of digital identities and being able to manage your digital identities appropriately
  • Being able to interact safely in a digital world (encompassing e-safety, cyber-bullying, data security, etc)
  • Being able to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, analyze and (re)present information using digital technology (including using dynamic and procedural representations) – what you might think of as ‘the creative’ making and doing aspects of using digital technology (though of course many other aspects of the subject are creative too)

Speaker: Professor Stephen Heppell