Welcome to the Day 4 of Back to Reality.
31st March 2022

Join us for day 4 of the EdTech Festival, we will be wrapping up our action-packed week with yet more inspiring keynotes and expert speakers. Each day we organise the sessions around a collection of insightful and pertinent themes to aid those of us working in education to prosper in the current climate, and to continue to stay a step ahead of the curve moving forward.

Today all sessions will draw on, and be organised into, these following four key topics:

Today's Keynote

Kate Griggs

Kate Griggs

Founder of 'Made by Dyslexia'

9:40 - Redefining Dyslexia for the 21st Century

As many as 1 in 5 children are dyslexic, and new research finds dyslexics have the top 10 skills every employer needs. But 80% of dyslexic children leave school unidentified. A new report, the Dyslexic Dynamic, produced by Made By Dyslexia and ManpowerGroup Talent Solutions, finds that by 2025 humans and machines will split work 50/50. The 50% of jobs done by humans will need the exact skills dyslexics have.

Dyslexic thinkers are ready for the workplace of tomorrow if we can reshape how we teach them today. Join Kate Griggs to hear how FREE training every teacher to spot, support and empower dyslexic minds will transform the educational outcomes of every child, in every classroom, around the world.

Mark Sparvell

Mark Sparvell

Global Director for Marketing Education, Microsoft

15:20 - Rebooting the Brain: Insights and Actions for Learning Forwards

Drawing on recent research findings, Mark will explore what is happening ‘under the hood’ with students developing brains as a result of trauma carrying forwards from 2020 and what educators can to maximise potential and minimize the hard caused by anxiety and uncertainty. A strong focus on the case for social-emotional learning and the role technology can play in supporting a well-being agenda.


Sessions via Strands

Safeguarding, Inclusion and Wellbeing Strategy

10:25 - Using Data Analytically to Plan for the Future

10:25 - Using Data Analytically to Plan for the Future

Bernadetta Brzyska and Sarah Murillo, GL Assessment

GL Assessment’s Head of Research, Bernadetta Bryzska, will share our analysis of the impact of Covid-19 and school lockdowns based on analysis of the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) from schools around the world. She will compare this data with similar analysis of the Progress Test in English and discuss why we have found different trends in each case. Bernadetta will also look at the close relationship between student attitudes and reading ability, while Sarah Murillo – an Education Consultant for GL Assessment – will consider the implications for school literacy and wellbeing initiatives.

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11:25 - Saving Time: Strategies to Improve Your Wellbeing

11:25 - Saving Time: Strategies to Improve Your Wellbeing

Jane McFall and Gary Henderson, Scomis

Are you managing your time effectively?

Are you constantly juggling your workload?

Whatever your role is in your school/organisation the Scomis session on ‘Saving Time’ recommends strategies and practical tips to help you manage your workload more effectively and improve your wellbeing.

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12:00 - The Evolving Threat of Ransomware and How to Protect Your School

12:00 - The Evolving Threat of Ransomware and How to Protect Your School

Sam Parsons, Avon and Somerset Police

The education sector, like any other sector in the UK is not immune to cyber crime. During the pandemic, as schools moved to online learning we saw an increase in successful ransomware attacks on educational establishments. Many of these had a huge impact, both on the schools as businesses, and on the ability for students to learn.

This presentation from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) brings a unique Police perspective, discussing the evolving threat of ransomware, including how it is deployed, and how the tactics have changed. We will look at current trends, the ways you can prepare your organisation to protect yourself from this threat, and how to recover should you suffer an incident.

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13:45 - ProjectEVOLVE: Beyond Digital Literacy Content

13:45 - ProjectEVOLVE: Beyond Digital Literacy Content

Ken Cornish, SWGfL

Children’s online lives require a sophisticated educative approach if we are going to positively affect resilience and build empowerment for our next generation of citizens. ProjectEVOLVE, a free resource from SWGfL, not only provides new content for teaching and learning written by experts in this field, but also allows educators to build knowledge maps of their pupils/students to choose appropriate resources and  assess impact. This session will demonstrate the world’s first concept cartoon generator and how it can be used to plan effectively and reduce workload.

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14:20 - Remote Monitoring and Management with Senso.cloud, Safeguarding Microsoft Teams Chat and Cloud-Based Classroom Management

14:20 - Remote Monitoring and Management with Senso.cloud, Safeguarding Microsoft Teams Chat and Cloud-Based Classroom Management

Chris Spink, Senso.cloud

Chris will be speaking about the importance of safeguarding and best use practices of cloud-based technologies. Chris has been in the EdTech industry for 8 years and has a vast experience when it comes to educational software for Classroom Management and Safeguarding! Senso.cloud is an All-In-One Software for Network, Classroom, Safeguarding and Asset Management. Perfect for managing and monitoring any Windows, Chrome and IOS devices from a centralised web portal.

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Online Safety in the Classroom

10:25 - What's Going On? The Lowdown on What's Happened During and Post Lockdown with Young People Online

10:25 - What's Going On? The Lowdown on What's Happened During and Post Lockdown with Young People Online

Ben McGrath, eSafe

Ben is the Head of Client Relations at a digital safeguarding solution which supports schools and colleges across the country. Join him as he discusses how young people’s online use has changed during lockdown.

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11:25 - Developing a Robust Strategy for Online Safety

11:25 - Developing a Robust Strategy for Online Safety

Anthony Lees, Cornerstone

As a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for The Cornerstone Teaching School Anthony supports schools across the region in the areas of computing and online safety. He will be discussing how schools can best develop an online safety strategy.

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12:00 - Safeguarding Children Online

12:00 - Safeguarding Children Online

David Wright, SWGfL

The importance and our reliance of technology over the last 18 months has been enormous and in equal measures, so has safeguarding children online. Prominence within the UK is being largely driven by the Online Safety Bill as well as published research, such as Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. The session will highlight these changes and issues, together with published guidance for schools in managing technology safely alongside safeguarding considerations and resources.

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13:45 - Safety with Online Gaming

13:45 - Safety with Online Gaming

Tracey Wills and Athony Lees, Cornerstone

Tracey is a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) and also part of the TCAT E-safety committee. She endorses the importance of educating children around safe behaviours to promote safeguarding. Anthony supports schools across the region in the areas of computing and online safety. Together they will be discussing online gaming and the safety issues surrounding it

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14:20 - Using CEOP Resources for Teaching Internet Safety

14:20 - Using CEOP Resources for Teaching Internet Safety

Anthony Lees, Cornerstone

As a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for the Cornerstone Teaching School, Anthony supports schools across the region in the areas of computing and online safety. He will be discussing how to teach internet safety using resources from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

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SEND and Inclusion

 

10:25 - TBC

10:25 - TBC

More information coming soon...

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11:25 - #SmashingStereotypes: Closing Digital Gaps in Technology

11:25 - #SmashingStereotypes: Closing Digital Gaps in Technology

Nic Ponsford, Global Equality Collective

Nic believes that smashing stereotypes will change the world and co-founded GEC with the aim of obliterating gender stereotypes. Join her as she discusses how stereotypes create digital gaps in society and how education can change this.

Nic is Director (Innovation) at Edtech UK and Co-Editor of Edtech UK magazine. She is recognised as an edtech expert and thought-leader.

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12:00 - Using Learning Tools through Office 365 to Support SEND

12:00 - Using Learning Tools through Office 365 to Support SEND

Matthew Davies, Treorchy Secondary School

Matthew is Deputy Headteacher at Treorchy, a Microsoft Showcase school. Matthew believes that technology, along with excellent pedagogy, has the potential to transform education. Join him as he explains the use of Microsoft Learning Tools through the many Office 365 apps that can support pupils with SEND.

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13:45 - The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

13:45 - The Efficiencies of Using Tech in Governors' Meetings

Paul Edge- Deputy Headteacher, Ribblesdale High

The need to ensure that all learners can access the curriculum has never been more important. The recent periods of remote learning highlighted the challenges many young people face in accessing their learning, but at the same time highlighted how EdTech can be used to overcome potential obstacles. In this session Paul will explore the opportunities EdTech can provide to support all learners, whatever their level of need. It will highlight things to consider as you develop your strategy, along with equipping you with some quick win ‘take-aways’ which can be implemented straight away.

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14:20 - Giving Every Child a Voice

14:20 - Giving Every Child a Voice

Maia Thomas, Equality Activist, Inclusion and Diversity Committee ITV

Join Maia to discuss how we can give every child a voice. Maia is a 22 year old award winning Equality Activist, EDI Consultant (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), International Speaker, Social Media Consultant & Instagram Influencer. She has worked with over 70 schools across the South West on EDI, delivering assemblies/workshops and mentoring teachers.

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