Below is the full list of 'Business and Admin' sessions that we will be running over the course of our two-day virtual festival.
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Day 1

9:00am - KEYNOTE: Creating an EdTech strategy in times of change

9:00am - KEYNOTE: Creating an EdTech strategy in times of change

KEYNOTE: Hannah Woodhouse, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West at Department for Education

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9:50am - Financing and Replenishing a 1:1 Device Programme - Trevor Finlay, Managing Director, Vision Asset Finance

9:50am - Financing and Replenishing a 1:1 Device Programme - Trevor Finlay, Managing Director, Vision Asset Finance

Trevor Finlay, Managing Director, Vision Asset Finance

In this seminar Trevor will provide insight into setting up Operating Leases within the current guidelines, and discuss the considerations associated with setting up an effective 1:1 computing scheme for students.

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10:45am - 5 key steps to successfully manage your school or trust remotely - James Weatherill, Chief Executive, Arbor Education

10:45am - 5 key steps to successfully manage your school or trust remotely - James Weatherill, Chief Executive, Arbor Education

James Weatherill, Chief Executive, Arbor Education

James will talk about some of the successful strategies schools and MATs have been using to manage remotely during the COVID crisis, using examples from some of the 1,100+ schools and 100+ MATs Arbor works with. Go back to your trust with practical ideas for next term and beyond to ensure your school or Trust can adapt nimbly to change.

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11:30 - KEYNOTE: Before and Beyond Remote Learning Chris Rothwell, Director of Education, Microsoft UK

11:30 - KEYNOTE: Before and Beyond Remote Learning Chris Rothwell, Director of Education, Microsoft UK

Chris Rothwell - Director of Education, Microsoft UK

Chris will be talking about what schools were doing with technology before Covid and what the opportunities and requirements are now as we emerge from the other side.

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1:00pm Bridge the Chasm Between Historic and Forward-Looking Finance Data - Will Jordan, Co-founder IMP Software

1:00pm Bridge the Chasm Between Historic and Forward-Looking Finance Data - Will Jordan, Co-founder IMP Software

Will Jordan, Co-founder IMP Software

The past few months have shown that School financial-management can be turbulent; with moving goalposts and changeable priorities providing a constant battle for finance teams, this session demonstrates how robust, real-time financial reporting can empower leadership decision making whilst minimising finance team effort to produce.

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1:45pm - Using PowerBi to analyse data to bring real time impact - Michael Heard, SCOMIS

1:45pm - Using PowerBi to analyse data to bring real time impact - Michael Heard, SCOMIS

Michael Heard, SCOMIS

Microsoft PowerBI is a visual and interactive analytical tool. In this session Alex and Matt will explore how The Cornerstones Academy Trust use Power BI along with data from the MIS and external standardised tests from GL Assessment in order to understand the wholistic pupil profile over time. Triangulation of data from different sources provides insights that would otherwise be hard to uncover, and provides leadership and teaching staff alike the input they need to focus intervention and help improve standards. The approach taken by Cornerstones also saves time and cost of analytics, freeing practitioners to teach and lead.

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2:30pm - Building a culture of accessibility and digital inclusion - Hector Minto, Microsoft

2:30pm - Building a culture of accessibility and digital inclusion - Hector Minto, Microsoft

Hector Minto, Microsoft

Microsoft has a mission to Empower Every Person and Every Organisation on the planet to achieve more.  Accessibility is core to this mission as we strive to build technologies and workplaces that include the 1.3bn people on the planet with a disability.  In this session, Hector will share how Microsoft approach this within our Corporate Responsibility function and the importance of accessibility across functions at Microsoft: our people, our processes, our training, our products and our innovation – and how every element is critical to successful inclusion.

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3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Anthony Salcito - VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft

3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Anthony Salcito - VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Anthony Salcito - VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft

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Day 2

9:00am - PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons learnt from lockdown

9:00am - PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons learnt from lockdown

Chaired by Ty Goddard, EdTech Demonstrator Programme

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9:50am - Managing your IT assets effectively - Adam Watson, Director - Sandgate Systems, Every

10:45am - Safely Managing the Return of Visitors, Staff and Pupils to Your School - Carl Sheen, Lead Trainer - InVentry Ltd

10:45am - Safely Managing the Return of Visitors, Staff and Pupils to Your School - Carl Sheen, Lead Trainer - InVentry Ltd

Carl Sheen, Lead Trainer - InVentry Ltd

Session: Safely Managing the Return of Visitors, Staff and Pupils to Your School

As schools are beginning to reopen to a larger student body, workforce and external visitors / contractors, there are many considerations that need to be made on how to safely manage the entrance, exit and awareness of people on site. In this session we will look at the guidance available from official bodies, how you can practically implement this guidance and how InVentry can assist with some of these elements.

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11:30am - KEYNOTE: John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

11:30am - KEYNOTE: John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

John Laramy - Principle and Chief Executive, Exeter College

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1:00pm - Hosting your MIS in the cloud to increase productivity and keep your data safe - Michael Heard, SCOMIS

1:00pm - Hosting your MIS in the cloud to increase productivity and keep your data safe - Michael Heard, SCOMIS

Michael Heard, SCOMIS

Empowering staff to have access to SIMS to manage school data is increasingly important. This session will focus on how to remove the burden of managing SIMS, FMS and Discover onsite and for teachers to focus on pupil attainment and school improvement.

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1:45pm - Effective Project Management with Teams, Planner and Microsoft To-Do - Michael Kimber, MIEE, Cornerstone

1:45pm - Effective Project Management with Teams, Planner and Microsoft To-Do - Michael Kimber, MIEE, Cornerstone

Michael Kimber, MIEE, Cornerstone

Our age of communication and connectivity can be highly exciting but also full of professional noise and a seemingly ever-expanding email inbox.

Having led on Devon's STEM Science Learning Partnership and supporting in the organisation of a number of significant DfE projects - including the English Hub, EdTech Demonstrator School, Teaching School and Computing Hubs here in Devon, Michael will demonstrate some of the power of project management apps and services offered by Microsoft and how they have helped keep projects more efficient and collaborative, enabling our team to spend more time on what matters.

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2:30pm - The Greatest Gift of All Time... A Gift We All Take For Granted But Have So Little Of - Richard Grazier, CEO, Community Brands

2:30pm - The Greatest Gift of All Time... A Gift We All Take For Granted But Have So Little Of - Richard Grazier, CEO, Community Brands

Richard Grazier, CEO, Community Brands

a thesis about education and the role technology should play in giving time back to schools, administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, leaders, parents and learners.  

Exploring thinking about time before, during and after lockdown, not least how our perception of time may have changed as a result of the events of 2020.  And how we might make time for serendipity to nurture the pastoral heart of the school community.  

Community Brands only deploys technology and products which free up time, so that schools and teachers can do what they do best.

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3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Education Re-Imagined: What Matters Most - Mark Sparvell, Microsoft

3:15pm - KEYNOTE: Education Re-Imagined: What Matters Most - Mark Sparvell, Microsoft

[15:51] Carrie Anne Sibbald

Mark Sparvell - Education Leader, Microsoft

Session: Education Re-Imagined: What Matters Most

In this hilarious closing keynote Australian award winning education leader, Mark Sparvell, from Microsoft Worldwide will draw from hot-of-the-press research to examine the now, the near and the next for education and the role technology can play in humanizing and not simply digitizing the experience.

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