Edtech Week 2020

From the 9th to the 14th November 2020 we held a FREE six-day online EdTech event, #EdTechWeek2020 designed to celebrate the work of the EdTech Demonstrator Schools and Colleges, and to support educators - across the UK - in bringing technology into every aspect of their work, both in the classroom and remotely. The event is now over, but we have gathered together the session recordings here.

EdTech Week welcome

Ty Goddard, Edtech Demonstrator Programme

What we're learning - The DfE Edtech Demonstrator programme and getting help with technology

(EdTech Week Live Panel)

Moderated by Ty Goddard, Education Foundation and Edtech Uk, Edtech Demonstrator

Join us for this live panel discussion where we will be covering:

  • What we’ve done and where next? Developing Digital capacity, capability, and professional development.

  • Platforms, devices, and the Demo programme.

  • Meeting the new Ministerial direction: How to quickly pivot delivery of education to meet the new ministerial direction, including top tips on how to strengthen your remote education offer.

  • Creating long-term sustainability: How devices and digital platforms can be used in steady state

Included in the panel are:

  • Jonathan Bishop, CEO Cornerstone Academy Trust, Edtech Demonstrator

  • Louise Astbury, Assistant Principal at Oldham Sixth Form College

  • Debra Gray, Principal opf Grimsby Institute, Edtech Demonstrator

  • Benjamin Barker, Vice Principal at Kings Leadership Academy in Warrington, Edtech Demonstrator

  • Tristan Kirkpatrick, Director of Computer Science at Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Now you've got your learning platform... What next?

(EdTech Week Twilight Tea and Chat)

Moderated by Tim Stirrup, WM & NW Regional Lead

The DfE learning platform grant programme has meant that thousands of schools have now got a new learning platform in place, or are about to. But what do schools do next? How do such learning platforms integrate with existing systems and resources in school? How can they support great learning and teaching? How can they support parental engagement? This session hears from demonstrator schools with direct, personal experience of full lockdowns, closures, bubbles and the support tech and LPs can give in such situations.

Panel members include:

  • Nathan Thirlby, Kibworth Primary School/Discovery Trust

  • Jo Stone, Kibworth CE Primary School

  • James Crowhurst, Elizabeth Woodville Primary School

Developing Digital - Building Sustainable Strategies

(EdTech Week Live Panel)

Moderated by Ty Goddard, Education Foundation and Edtech Demo Programme

Panel members include:

  • Paul Haigh, King Ecgbert School, Sheffield

  • Neill Oldham, Headteacher High Furlong School, Blackpool

  • Emma Darcy, Director of Technology for Learning at Chiltern Learning Trust.

Vision Teaching and Learning

(EdTech Week Twilight Tea and Chat)

Moderated by Laura Smith, LGfL and Regional Lead

In this afternoon session we will be discussing:

  • Best quality teaching and learning, working remotely, engaging with parents in lockdown

  • Wider aspects of education to include attendance, anti-bullying online -safety, safeguarding and supporting parental engagement) and extracurricular activities.

  • Teacher workload: How to manage hybrid classrooms without double lesson planning (some in and some out of class etc.), and ways to draw on resource banks

Panel members include:

  • Luke Ravenscroft, St Albans Catholic Primary School and Bishop Challoner Catholic College

  • Sarah Morgan, Danesfield School

The UK EdTech Market - how to enter it and what do educators need?

(EdTech Week Live Panel)

Moderated by Ty Goddard, Edtech Demonstrator Programme.

Panel members include:

  • Jonathan Butler, Assistant Principal at Wilberforce College, Edtech Demo

  • Ted Edwards, London and Partners

  • Heather Hadfield, Edtech Demo Regional Lead

  • Jo Tasker, Tech London Advocates Education


(EdTech Week Twilight Tea and Chat)

In this afternoon session we will be discussing:

  • CPD - curriculum and different age phases, EdTech and ICT Leads, early career teachers and those that need upskilling in technology, support staff.

  • Pedagogy: How pedagogical practices can be adapted to promote effective remote education

  • Preparing for exams in remote education arrangements: getting pupils ready for exams remotely, top tips



Building remote education approaches across Primary Schools

(EdTech Week Live Panel)

Moderated by Kriss Baird, Regional Lead Edtech Demo

Panel members include:

  • Ian Phillips, ISC Digital Group

  • Eddie Copeland, Tech London Advocates


Accessible Edtech for All - Beyond SEND

(EdTech Week Twilight Tea and Chat)

Moderated by Neil Beck, National Star, Edtech Demonstrator.

Panel members include:

  • Adam Gordon, LGfL

  • Holly Hunt, Basingstoke College of Technology



Accessible Edtech for All - Diversity and Inclusion

(EdTech Week Live Panel)

Moderated by Nicole Ponsford, Regional Lead and GEC.

Panel members include:

  • Emma Darcy, Director of Technology for Learning at Denbigh High School and the Chiltern Learning Trust

  • Marion Lean, Benefits Realisation, Broadband Delivery UK, DCMS

  • Umaira Tariq, Basingstoke College

  • Sky Caves, Basingstoke College

  • Nick Dennis, St Francis College

  • Steve Smith, LGfL

  • Harmeet Sahota, Headteacher, Consultant and Founder of Wide Curriculum


Digital Curriculums

(EdTech Week Twilight Tea and Chat)

Moderated by Heather Hadfield, Regional Lead Edtech Demo

Panel members include:

  • Graham Macaulay, LEO Academy Trust

  • Roopa Master-Coles, STEM Engagement Manager at Winchester Science Centre.

  • Sarah Northwood, Librarian at Denbigh High School

  • Kate Broadribb, Senior Leader for Learning at Wildern Trust

  • Emily Dixon, Geography and Travel and Tourism BTEC Teacher at the Wildern Trust

Festival of EdTech Creativity

Discussion Led by:

This session will help senior leaders understand the need for building creativity into the curriculum and enjoy a glass of wine at the event.

  • Teachers, curriculum designers and creative professionals will share their knowledge and insights on the value of creativity in the curriculum, embracing the use of technology to impact the quality of learning.

  • ISCDigital in collaboration with EdTechUK as part of EdTech Week 2020

  • You will hear from each of the speakers in the first half of the session, followed by a short  break, before a panel discussion in the final hour.

  • Do you have any questions for the panel about implementing creativity in the curriculum?

The event is free to attend and the first 50 applicants will receive a free bottle of wine from our Sponsors iSAMS to help them enjoy and participate in the fireside chat!

Panel members include:

  • Max Wheeler, Programme Director of VIP Studio Sessions at Charanga Music and author of Multimedia Youth Music Materials

  • Joe Moretti, Apple Distinguished Educator, Worldwide iPad in Education Consultant, Music Technology Specialist, Pro Musician

  • Erin Corder, Assistant Headteacher at Denbigh High School developing a Creative Arts curriculum

  • Genevieve Smith-Nunes, PHD Candidate, University of Cambridge, currently looking at where the worlds of classical ballet & computer science collide

Ian Phillips, Assistant Headteacher – Director of Computing and ICT at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, and Chair of ISC Digital Strategy Group



Managing the cognitive load for staff and learners when delivering synchronous online sessions

Wayne Hall, Darlington College


Google Doc or Paper? Embracing a healthy tech use

Gemma Curto, Oldham Sixth Form

This session aims to explore how to embrace a healthy, research-based educational technology with our EdTech system. EdTech has overwhelmed many schools in the world with the flash and promise. However, it is also creating levels of anxiety that inhibit students’ abilities to sustain attention, to read for an extended time, to remember, it leads, in some cases, to lowered test scores and diminished critical thinking and social skills. While hyper-stimulating media pervades young peoples’ worlds I propose a framework that encourages schools to be selective, to embrace the transformative tech, such as video or website creation, and to set limits to the amount of tech and screen time the students are exposed to, while also supporting face-to-face collaboration. The best performing courses focus on pedagogical methods rather than in digital devices.

Navigating online learning from a practical, creative subjects perspective

Josephine Webster, The Hathershaw College

Practical Tasks are at the core of many subjects making up a large proportion of content for the likes of Design and Technology, Art and PE. As a Secondary Design and Technology teacher, I have personally developed my own style of online teaching to better engage my students whilst helping them progress. Within this session I will discuss my successes (and failures) of navigating online learning from a practical, creative subjects perspective.

Keeping it Simple

John Sibbald, The Manchester College

From dusty to demonstrator

Sarah Morgan and Pete Godwin, Pheasey Park Farm Primary School

How we approached virtual learning at Lea Forest

John Croxon, Lea Forest Primary Academy

Kibworth C of E Primary - Our Journey So Far

Paul Stone, CEO

Visualisers for classroom, remote and hybrid teaching

Tim Dolan, Beauchamp College

Using non-screen based lessons to overcome barriers and increase engagement

Danielle Jarman, Elizabeth Woodville Primary School

An illustration of our creative, non screen based lesson ideas for overcoming some barriers and encouraging engagement.


CPD that sets teachers up to deliver great remote education

Claire Couves, Reach Academy Feltham

How to build teacher confidence, resilience and innovation with Edtech

Kate Broadribb, Wildern MAT

Edtech: Primary Education strategy beyond 2020

Giles Hill, Mount Hawke Academy

Accessibility and inclusion

Neil Beck, National Star

FLIP Week - Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of remote learning

Anthony Martin, Exeter College

Amidst half term and the looming lockdown 2.0, Exeter College flipped their lesson delivery from classroom based to a fully remote learning, building on the discoveries and feedback of the full lockdown earlier in the year. This week long trial set out to test our approaches, build teacher confidence, expose potential challenges, and ultimately, to learn. Join Anthony Martin as we explore some of those lessons learned from the Exeter College FLIP week

The challenges of blending learning approaches teaching online and face to face

Bonnie Williams and Jonathan Bishop, Broadclyst Community Primary School

Edtech Week Safeguarding Slot

Mark Bentley, LGfL