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2021-22 Programme Launch

Phase 2 of the DFE Edtech Demonstrator Programme has launched and the recording of the live launch event is now available. It gives a great insight into the level of support available and an opportunity to hear from some of the demonstrator experts.

A number of regional events will also take place in June so you can meet your local demonstrator schools. 


3:30 - 3:35 

Welcome and opening from DfE. 

An opportunity to reflect on the journey schools and colleges have been on with technology this past year. 

Emma Stace
Emma Stace

Chief Digital and Technology Officer at the Department for Education

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Director of Digital and Technology and Chief Digital and Technology Officer at the Department for Education. Emma has led service design and delivery strategies for several government departments, focusing on making life simpler for users. Emma’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer at a national Australian youth charity; a managing consultant in London and a Partner and Director of a multi-media agency in South Africa.  Emma has a long standing interest in leadership, cultural change and the science of building high performing, multi-disciplinary teams. Emma is married with three children, and lives in London.

Kath Moulds
Kath Moulds

Deputy Director at the Department for Education

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Deputy Director at the Department for Education, leading on the development of a new digital strategy for education, building on the government’s investment in devices, platforms, training and digital services during the pandemic. Kath joined the Department in 2009, after 10 years teaching in inner-London secondary schools and (briefly) in France and Malawi.

She taught French and Spanish, occasionally branching out into Music, Maths and English, and ended her teaching career working as a head of department in North London. Since joining DfE she has worked in a number of areas including leading the teacher workload, wellbeing and impact on schools team. Kath has two children who keep her busy and happy, and in between parenting and working tries to spend as much time as possible in the sea


3:35 - 3:45 

A warm welcome from the Programme Delivery Partner. 

An opportunity for the new Delivery Partner to introduce themselves, reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward to the year ahead leading the programme.  Providing an excellent insight as to what you, as participating schools and colleges, can expect from the programme and from your expert peers.

James Garnett
James Garnett

Programme Lead

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After 14 years teaching Maths and IT in secondary schools, along with managing and overseeing IT systems, James joined United Learning’s central team to work on the delivery of large scale infrastructure projects on new build and convertor academies. In 2014 he became Deputy Director of Technology and in 2019 Director of IT, having oversight of both Edtech as well as systems.

Prior to taking on the role of Programme Lead as the EdTech Demonstrator Delivery Partner, James was leading on United Learning’s Digital Strategy, having overseen their adoption of cloud technologies and cloud first strategy, and also provided support as a member of the United Learning EdTech Demonstrator Site.

He has recently been appointed as a Trustee of Sheffield Theatres Trust and has been a school governor for most of his time in education.


3:45 - 4:15 

Panel discussion

The panel of demonstrator schools will introduce the three tiers of support available. The discussion will allow for the panel members to highlight the importance of a longer-term digital strategy and how accessing the support of the demonstrator programme can support this. After the initial 30 minutes, there will be a chance to reflect on a year of disruption and opportunity and to look ahead to a new phase of the programme.

Scott Hayden
Scott Hayden

Basingstoke College of Technology

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Scott is a Teacher and a Manager of a Student-turned-Technologist team at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) that supports and trains all learners and staff in using digital, creative, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. 

In 2018, the team he created and led built around students and apprentices at BCoT won the TES FE Award for ‘Outstanding use of Technology for improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment 2018’ and was named in the EdTech50.  

He is a Google Certified Innovator, a National Teaching Awards Silver Winner, a National Advisor for EdTech UK, and is currently working as part of the DfE’s EdTech Demonstrator Programme to support and develop the use of edtech in schools and colleges across the country since March 2020. 

Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan

Danesfield Primary School

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Sarah Morgan has been the Headteacher of Danesfield School, in Marlow, for the past 6 years and has driven huge improvement in all areas of the school since gaining her Headship.

Her passion for technology to be embedded in all areas of school life has enabled the school to go from strength to strength, becoming a Microsoft Showcase School and now an EdTech Demonstrator School as well. Sarah places great value on ensuring that children have the skills necessary to be successful in the next phase of their education, as well as beyond and, through learning with technology, emphasises the importance of team work, collaboration, communication, perseverance and resilience. She also works closely with the DfE to provide in-sight on how to continue to develop the use of technology to improve outcomes for children. 

Sarah has worked within the education sector for 18 years, starting as a primary school teacher and has always had an eye for detail and a determination to be the best she, and her school, can possibly be. 

Mark Allday
Mark Allday

Sandringham School

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Mark Allday is Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School who has responsibility for the school’s one-to-one device programme and blended learning strategy. Sandringham School is a co-educational state comprehensive secondary school of over 1600 students, based in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Sandringham also supports other educational projects as a Research School, Teaching School Hub and Computing Hub. The school is regularly within the top 100 non-selective state mixed schools nationally in terms of progress.  

Sandringham  has embarked with the use of technology since 2012, with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme implemented within the school from 2014. Mark has been involved in delivering training and guiding strategy within schools for a number of years and has supported projects on a national and international scale. Mark is a passionate advocate for pedagogical approaches underpinning the use of technology within school settings, often emphasising that the technology alone is not the answer.

Mark is the Director of the Sandringham EdTech Demonstrator Programme and alongside his capable team has trained and advised dozens of school leaders on Educational Technology. More recently, Mark has led a DfE grant funded project, Sustaining Digital and Remote Education: A Toolkit for School Leaders. 

Katie Broadribb
Katie Broadribb

Wildern Academy Trust

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Kate Broadribb is passionate about the use of EdTech to support effective teaching and learning. Her background as an Advanced Skills Teacher enabled Kate to support colleagues through outreach work by sharing the success (and failures) of embedding digital technology in the classroom and across a school community in 1:1 deployment of devices. As Senior Leader for Learning at the Wildern Trust, Kate leads their work as an Edtech Demonstrator school, offering free peer-to-peer support for schools in England providing expert advice on educational technology. 

Through her membership of the DfE Teacher Reference Panel Kate continues to support colleagues and students in recognising how technology transforms their learning and is committed to sharing this practice with others.

Erica Smith
Erica Smith

Highfurlong School

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I have worked in special education for 19 years. 

Specialist Practitioner through our local Teaching School Alliance within the field of AAC and Assistive Technology in education.  

Within school I ensure all students have the right assistive technology to enable them to be as independent as possible in order to fulfill their potential. 

In 2015 I set up an outreach service in Blackpool with Sarah Alderman (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist). We offer support around assistive technology and communication aids to both children’s and adult services. 

EdTech Demonstrator School Lead for Highfurlong School. 

Simon Cox
Simon Cox

Education Endowment Foundation

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Simon joined the EEF in 2020 on a part-time basis, alongside his role as the leader of Blackpool Research School. Simon has taught mathematics to pupils aged 11 - 18 for 16 years and has held a range of school middle and senior leadership positions.

Simon leads on the development of EEF tools, resources, and training relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics. He manages the EEF's mathematics campaigns to support the engagement with EEF evidence of mathematics teachers, subject leads, and school senior leaders.


4:15-End

Q&A

 Following the panel discussion there will be an opportunity for questions submitted by the audience during the webinar to be posed. Our expert panel will answer as many questions as possible. We will collate any unanswered questions and share responses shortly after the event.

Dominic Norrish
Dominic Norrish

COO United Learning

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Dominic is an experienced teacher, school leader and educational researcher with a career spanning the private and public sectors. He has worked at United Learning – a group of almost 90 English academies and independent schools - for the past eight years and in 2019 became its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this,

Dominic spent five years consulting on the integration of technology into school building programmes, and into teaching and learning. This was preceded by ten years in schools, the last four as a Deputy Headteacher. His Masters degree in Education focused on School Leadership, with a research-based thesis examining the impact of technology on pupil motivation.


4:45 

Final remarks and thank you.