NEC Birmingham gears up to host the Edtech Summit

The event will run alongside the bi-annual Schools and Academies Show on 18–19 November

A new event for the edtech sector is set to launch at Birmingham’s NEC later this year. The Edtech Summit will bring together a range of industry leaders, practitioners, edtech suppliers and inspiring speakers to discuss how to bridge the gap between education and technology.

Striving to help education institutes of every level to optimise their digital strategies, maximise their use of innovative technologies and drive efficiencies in the classroom and back office, the event will run alongside the bi-annual Schools & Academies Show – the largest education policy event organised by GovNet – on November 18-19.

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing education providers to close their doors from March 23 this year, the entire sector has been working remotely for the last four months, showcasing technology’s ability to minimise educational disruption in times of adversity. As such, the implementation of well-planned digital strategies has never been more crucial, and visitors to the Edtech Summit will have the chance to discuss their institution’s digital transformation, offer advice and talk about best practice that has helped see them through this difficult time.

The agenda has been set by some of the sector’s most impactful figures, including:

        • Bukky Yusuf, senior leader, Edith Kay School
        • Dr Michael Flavin, senior lecturer in global education, The Principal’s Office, King’s College London
        • Faye Saadieh, policy and communications advisory, Edtech Delivery Unit, Department for Education (DfE)
        • Ian Myatt, director of insight, channels & educational enterprise, University of Birmingham
        • Jen Halmshaw, edtech delivery unit, DfE
        • Michael Forshaw, founder and CEO, edtech impact; founder and CEO, Innovate My School
        • Toby Baker, programme manager, Nesta
        • Vikki Liogier, national head of edtech and digital skills, Education and Training Foundation

“We feel that there is currently no other event in the UK that hosts this type of high-level, strategic discussion about the end-to-end process of specifying, procuring and then implementing edtech,” said Chris Callaghan, event director of the Edtech Summit.

“As such, we are excited to be working with respected practitioners and organisations across all education levels to bring this event to life and provide the community with a place to meet, network and discuss the successes and challenges of creating and implementing digital strategies.”

Vikki Liogier, national head of edtech and digital skills at the Education and Training Foundation, and Steering Committee Member, stated: “We are delighted to join forces with GovNet, the Edtech Delivery Unit at the DfE and partners to be part of the committee that will steer a November Edtech Summit event, with the aim of bringing educators together to serve all the sectors of education.

“Technologies have the ability to remove many of the physical barriers for teaching and learning. Learning providers across the education spectrum have had to adopt a new working normal since March with many staff moving teaching online at remarkable speed. But the technology itself does not always ensure a quality learning experience, nor can staff be expected to know automatically how to adopt the technology to best effect without experience training. It has been heart-warming to witness how teachers and trainers have come together virtually to support one another and share their redefined practices and reconstructed learning spaces.”

Click here for more information about the Edtech Summit.

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