09:40 – 10:15

Opening Keynote – Making IT Assessment Better: Life After Levels & the Effective Assessment of Computing – Mick Walker

Mick will outline general issues around effective assessment without levels, and reflect on the current approaches taken in different schools.  He will go on to describe a robust, easy to manage solution to the problem, which is applicable to all subjects. He will conclude by describing a developing Naace partnership which embeds the assessment of Computing into the general solution, and which will be freely available to Naace members.



The Rise of the Global Teacher – Mina Patel

’My classroom is no ordinary classroom’’ Mina Patel, TEDx MidAtlantic 2015, Washington DC.

Through her work with Uruguay and soon Brazil, Mina will give concrete examples of what a “true” video conference can achieve in an era of global teacher shortages. She will go one step further to share case studies from all subject areas. Classrooms in the London Borough of Redbridge are using VC technology, right now, to develop their curriculum, international collaboration and for teacher development. The University of East London has announced that it will train all PGCE and MSc trainee teachers to teach via VC and receive lessons via VC. The global teacher has risen.


13:45 – 14.00

Message from America – Brian Lewis President of ISTE

Brian will share with delegates current Education Technology issues that are challenging educators in North America and beyond.  ISTE and Naace are actively looking to work more closely in partnership, Brain will outline possible future collaborative working.


14:00 – 14.15

Key Education Technology Leadership trends and key questions from the BESA survey of schools

Dave Smith and David Whyley will outline the key findings and key questions arising from their analysis of the 2015 BESA schools survey. This Naace Leadership briefing paper was commended by Secretary of State Nicky Morgan in her BETT speech this year.


14:15 -14:55

Will VR kill the video star? A panel discussion about the importance of gadgets in education

Donald Clark – EdTech entrepreneur

Zoe Philpott  – Creator of Ada.Ada.Ada, Director, Philpott Design Ltd

Genevieve Smith-Nunes – founder at readysaltedcode

Bethany Koby – Co Founder and Director of Technology will save us (tbc)


15:55 -16:25

The importance of education in building a digital economy – lessons from Estonia

Chris Holtby, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia


16:25 – 16:55

Closing Keynote – Making the Accreditation of IT Achievement Better.  Issues and Approaches

Sharon Ashley will review the constraints of formal assessment approaches for accrediting achievement, particularly in those areas which business and individuals view as important, but are commonly neglected by formal assessments.  Using Open Badges, Sharon will describe flexible granular approaches which also shift the ownership of assessing achievement in innovative ways, thus making accreditation more fit for purpose.  Matt Rogers will conclude by describing the Naace Open Badge Academy, a new Partnership which is developing accreditation for Computing Teachers, for Network Managers and Technicians, and, going forward, for all those of us who are proud Education Technology Users.