Below is the full list of Leadership and Governance 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 - Hannah Woodhouse, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West at Department for Education

9:00am - KEYNOTE: Creating an EdTech strategy in times of change - Hannah Woodhouse, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West at Department for Education

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

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9:50am - Why should we be remote teaching? - Sarah Morgan, Headteacher, Danesfield School

9:50am - Why should we be remote teaching? - Sarah Morgan, Headteacher, Danesfield School

KEYNOTE: Sarah Morgan - Headteacher, Danesfield School

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10:45am - Running effective online governors meetings - Henry Massey, Ken Dyson and Sam Chapman - Chair of Trustees and Chairs of Local Governing Boards

10:45am - Running effective online governors meetings - Henry Massey, Ken Dyson and Sam Chapman - Chair of Trustees and Chairs of Local Governing Boards

Henry Massey, Ken Dyson and Sam Chapman - Chair of Trustees and Chairs of Local Governing Boards

This session will share our journey to support remote access for trustees to manage meetings and information sharing.  It will consider different types of meetings, the roles within the meetings and some of the strengths and challenges.  This will include esafety, training for online systems, and induction of new members.

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11:30 - KEYNOTE: Chris Rothwell - Director of Education, Microsoft UK

11:30 - KEYNOTE: 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 Key things to consider when setting up a virtual learning environment for blended learning - Jonathan Bishop, CEO, Cornerstone Academy Trust

1:45pm - Improving school governance - a primary school case study for technology supported reform - Matthew Woodruff, Chair of Governors, Additional Skills Governor

1:45pm - Improving school governance - a primary school case study for technology supported reform - Matthew Woodruff, Chair of Governors, Additional Skills Governor

Matthew Woodruff - Chair of Governors, Additional Skills Governor

Effective and efficient Governance, from a pool of skilled resources, can bring huge benefits to the school improvement journey and in a way that is affordable. Many schools struggle to establish strong governance, and in this session Matt shares the approach he has taken in governance reform for a large maintained Primary school. Beginning with the external review conducted by both the School Improvement Partner and a National Leader of Governance, Matt draws on good practice from the NGA in defining a technology supported process using Office 365 for skills audit, self review, Chairs 360 and others. Free reusable resources, happy to share to build better practice.

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2:30pm - Gender equality collective - Closing the digital gender gaps in education - Nicole Ponsford, Demonstrator Regional Lead, LGfL

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 - The role of governors through remote school - Sean Collins, Chair of Governors, Danesfield School

9:50am - The role of governors through remote school - Sean Collins, Chair of Governors, Danesfield School

Sean Collins - Chair of Governors, Danesfield School

Governors have an important role to play in the school's approach to home learning. An effective governing body can support and enable the school's leadership to put in place amibitious and sustainable plans. In particular this should include:
  • The development of a school vision for home learning (what are the school aiming to achieve for its children and communities/how does this tie into your broader school vision
  • Enabling a culture of qualified risk taking for school leadership
  • Ensuring that the school has the resources it needs (hardware, software, support)
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Triangulation - do you know what good looks like? How other schools are operating
  • Forward thinking - governing bodies can play a key role in enabling leaders to think beyond the immediate term challenges. For example a Headteacher may rightly be very focussed on the execution of a plan up to July 2020 but how evolved are plans for September 2020.

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10:45am - EdTech strategy for the future: Developing staff pedagogy and uptake - Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead - Aspire Academy Trust

10:45am - EdTech strategy for the future: Developing staff pedagogy and uptake - Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead - Aspire Academy Trust

Giles Hill, Digital Learning Lead - Aspire Academy Trust

EdTech strategy for the future: Developing staff pedagogy and uptake

Giles presents a reasoned perspective on how to lead and implement EdTech strategy across a group of schools while developing staff uptake and usage. What are the golden outcomes that we are trying to achieve? How can you work well with teaching staff to evaluate products and their use across schools? What technical pre-requisites and structures are there for a school to run systems successfully? What pitfalls and mistakes do you need to be weary of? Q+A session to follow the presentation.

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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 - Creating an EdTech Strategy to help lead through challenging times - Jen King, Microsoft

1:45pm - Raising standards when back at school: Lessons learnt from remote teaching - Sarah Morgan and Ben McGinnes, Headteacher and Teacher - Danesfield School

2:30pm - Using PowerBi dashboards to raise standards across schools - Nicole Ponsford, Demonstrator Regional Lead, LGfL

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

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

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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