The conference will be held on 21 October at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College, and will bring together a number of speakers. It is free to attend, and the event’s programme was compiled through submissions from headteachers, teachers, governors and other education stakeholders from around the UK.
In determining the schedule, research from Naace revealed several key issues: excessive focus on examination which places pressure on both pupils and teachers; an “over-prescriptive curriculum” leaving little time for enrichment or learning outside of the classroom; and business managers wading through problems with infrastructure, including procurement, connectivity and safeguarding.
We wanted to host an event that was accurately tailored to the specific needs of schools, so we took suggestions from a range of education stakeholders
The conference’s content has therefore been developed to address these issues. The event will be organised into three distinct threads: digital pedagogy and assessment; EdTech procurement and support; and online safety. As well as keynote speeches from educational experts including Rose Luckin of London Knowledge Lab, the conference will allow attendees to get hands-on with workshops, participate in panel sessions, and get a glimpse into the best practice of similar schools in their use of EdTech.
Mark Chambers, CEO of Naace said: “We wanted to host an event that was accurately tailored to the specific needs of schools, so we took suggestions from a range of education stakeholders about what they wanted to discuss and designed the programme around this.”
Naace have announced that educators from around the UK can get involved before the event and have their say by tweeting to @Naace with the hashtag #NaaceLon16.