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The Future of Digital Technology in Education

The Chartered College of Teaching is delighted to be working in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Educators to explore what using digital technology to support learning could be like in 2023 and beyond.

About the session

This blended ‘in-person’ and webinar event brings together experts to present the research and practice of PedTech. Please note that places for in person attendance are limited to 25 on a first registered basis. These places will fill up fast! Virtual attendance is unlimited.

Following a welcome from Caroline Haines, Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators, Roy Blackwell, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators and Helen Simon, Chair of the Worshipful Company of Educators SEND committee, you will hear from two speakers:

Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith

PedTech: Pedagogically led uses of digital technology – An introduction to the research and its implications

Thomas Lange

The ecosystem supporting PedTech

There will then follow a session on What does PedTech in practice look like? with leadership insights into the impact of PedTech on learning and teaching. This will be chaired by Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, with insights from Phil Hedger, Jonathan Bishop, Dr Neelam Parmar and John Murphy.

Breakout sessions will be held for both those attending in person and online, with a feedback session to capture recommendations from the groups.

The event will close with a short reflection item, facilitated by Helen Simon.

After the event, the Worshipful Company of Educator and the Chartered College of Teaching will publish a paper sharing insight from discussion groups and speakers.

Click here for the full agenda and itinerary: Agenda

Our Presenters and hosts

Caroline Haines is the Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators and an elected member of the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation for the Ward of Queenhithe since 2017. She Chairs the City of London Education Board, the Natural Environment Board (previously Open Spaces) & West Ham Park, the London Careers Festival and the Board of Governors at the Ofsted Outstanding Newham Collegiate Sixth Form College. Caroline is a Trustee of COLAT (the City of London Academy Trust) and sits on the Board of Governors at King Edwards School Witley. Committed to social mobility, equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, Caroline has advised on access to and increasing diversity at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities, devising Post 16 Frameworks, supporting the secondary years skill based & employability curriculum and enabling educational marketing, media & communication and development projects. 

Roy Blackwell – Roy started his working life as a teacher, after which he became Education Officer for a Local Authority, before spending ten years in the civil service which led to him travelling around Europe negotiating bi-lateral and multi-lateral treaties for HM Government.

Between 1999 and 2019, Roy was Clerk to the United Westminster Schools/Grey Coat Hospital Foundation, an ancient (1594) charity which has strong links with Westminster Abbey. He was also Clerk to the governing bodies of the schools which make up the Foundation, an unusual mixture of independent and state schools, the latter being inner city academies. From January 2020 and May 2022, he was interim CEO of the Challenger Multi Academy Trust which had primary and secondary schools in Bedford and Essex.

He is currently Chair of the VOCES8 Foundation, a charity dedicated to music education; a Director of the City of London’s Academy Trust; Vice Chair of the City of London Academy Trust; and Chair of Governors of Highgate Hill Academy. He was also an inaugural member of the City of London’s Education Board; chaired the Independent Schools Pension Scheme committee and was a board member of the Teachers Pension Scheme. He is Vice Chair of the Confederation of School Trusts and represented it on the Independent and State School Partnership group. More recently, he joined the board of BrainCanDo which is looking at the development of children brains and how neurological research can influence teaching and learning.

He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators for the year 2021/22 and joined the governing body of Chelsea Academy in September 2022.

Helen Simon MSc, Former FRSA and FCCT – Helen has been a keynote speaker at international conferences of the BDA, BETT, Kings Fund and BATA on the use of assistive technology in mainstream, special schools and for exam access arrangements. She is on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Educators and is chair of the SEND committee and Lead on Digital Education. Helen has served on House of Lords Committees for SEND and Assistive Technology (AT). Helen is a published researcher in the use of AT to support literacy skills when typing to communicate ideas in text. Helen has advised the Department of Education on AT and provided case studies to enable strategies to be put into schools. She has her own training company working within all educational settings, to support teaching and learning by using IT, assistive technology, EdTech and Pedtech by implementing, inclusivity and diversity in the classroom. She supports LEA’s, Case Managers and all Professionals working within educational settings with students who have complex needs and challenges; with training and sharing knowledge and understanding how students’ outcomes can be changed by using IT and AT.

Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith EdD MA(Ed) MMus PGCE BA(Hons) FCCT FRSA – Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith is an award winning teacher and leader with a passion for supporting those who work with children and young people. As Director of One Life Learning, Fiona provides strategic education consultancy services to schools and trusts, professional learning providers and EdTech companies. She is also the Founder of PedTech, an Associate Lecturer and Researcher at The Open University, a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and sits on the board of a number of multi academy and charitable trusts. 

Thomas Lange  FCCT is a senior school leader with over 20 years of experience in schools supporting and implementing the digital transformation journey. As a frequent contributor to conferences, workshops and industry events, he has been at the forefront of developments within education. He has worked with senior management, teachers and pupils to create a digital ecosystem that allowed everybody to excel through good use of EdTech. He led his previous school to be awarded the Microsoft Showcase School for four consecutive years with all teaching staff members qualifying as Microsoft Innovative Educators. The use of assistive technology is of particular interest to Thomas. He championed the use of technology in public examinations for a number of years. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society the Arts and the Chartered College of Teaching.

Dame Alison Peacock DBE DL DLitt, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered College of Teaching – Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Professional Body that seeks to raise teacher status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned Primary, Secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge and UCL, a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University and a trustee for Big Change. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.

Dr Neelam Parmar is the Director of Digital Learning and Education for Harrow International Schools and Chief Digital Officer for the E-Act Multi-Academy Trust. She is an award-winning professional, international researcher, author, thought leader and speaker for the use of educational technology, digital pedagogy in practice and innovative curriculum in education. A highly experienced leader in Digital Education, Neelam has engaged with the UK Department of Education (DfE) EdTech Leadership Group, national EdTech Impact workshops, The @womenEd_Tech movement and is also a judge for the global renowned Bett Awards Show. Prior to joining Harrow International, Neelam worked as Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Ashford School and as Educational Technologist for The United Learning Group of schools. She draws on her research and practical experiences of working with technology with various groups of schools in education, whilst also holding responsibility for providing leadership in ICT operations and strategy. She is also the author of the ‘Digital Literacy in the Primary’ series and ‘Digital Parenting’ book, locally published and distributed globally. Neelam has supported groups of schools, ministries of government and developed large scale blended, hybrid and remote learning education solutions. She has a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Philosophy, MSc in Information Systems and Management from the London School of Economics (LSE) and PhD in Educational Technology.

John Murphy is the Chief Executive of Oasis Community Learning, one of the UK’s largest multi-academy trusts with 52 Academies clustered in five regions across the country. John was appointed as CEO in September 2014 and with over three decades of experience in school leadership, he has dedicated his career to raising the bar for all young people, and closing the attainment gap for the disadvantaged.

John has particular expertise in behaviour management and co-authored the bestselling self-help guide for all teachers, ‘Why are you Shouting at Us? and works with a number of organisations supporting their strategic and operational developments in Behaviour management. John is a committed Trustee to the Place2Be a national mental health charity.

Phil Hedger has been the CEO of the LEO Academy Trust since its formation in June 2015, having also held the role of Executive Headteacher at Cheam Common Junior Academy. Prior to that, he was Headteacher at Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy for six years. Having begun his career in education as a teaching assistant at Avenue Primary School in Belmont in 2001, Phillip remained at the school until 2010, covering a variety of roles from class teacher to deputy headteacher. He is now a senior partner in the national school improvement network, Challenge Partners and is a member of the Teaching & Learning Advisory Board at LGfL. Phillip specialises in school improvement, PedTech and assistive technology. Outside of education, Phillip is the Chair of Trustees for the Sutton United Foundation.

Jonathan Bishop is CEO and Executive Headteacher of the Cornerstone Academy Trust which has been awarded the first Microsoft Showcase Education System Award and as a Microsoft Innovative Educator, Jonathan has pioneered the use of digital technologies in classrooms for many years. His schools use one-to-one Microsoft Surface devices to deliver a project-based curriculum that fully utilises the power of Office365 tools. Digital technologies underpin the management of the Academy Trust, the collaboration between staff and the teaching and learning; at school and beyond the school day. Jonathan also leads on a number of hubs including the English Hub, Behaviour Hub and Science Learning Partnership.

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