The LearnEd Roadshow – a series of eight one-day, CPD conferences accompanied by supplier engagement exhibitions led by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) – took place at a specially selected venue in Chelmsford City on Friday, providing practical hands-on guidance and best practice training on the use of education technology in schools.
Designed to inform and empower school leaders and practitioners, LearnED has been built around the challenges outlined in the government’s Edtech Strategy, striving to improve student outcomes, increase efficiencies and help reduce growing teacher workloads.
The partnership between former Sky newsreader and presenter Sharon Doughty and Essex police chief constable BJ Harrington was a highlight of the event. The pair have been working to give children ‘the power to speak up’, taking the chance to showcase their innovative Dot Com Safety initiative – a scheme that aims to prevent children from becoming victims of online grooming, radicalisation, exploitation and bullying – at Friday’s event.
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This year, LearnED played host to 120 local teachers, with the event also featuring a demonstration classroom which allowed teachers to view inspiring lessons and explore a range of edtech services and products.
Other speakers included fellow headteachers and SLTs who discussed the tech schools and systems that have made a difference in their schools.
“The show helped to reignite my passion for using technology to support teaching and learning and left me with practical advice to support my work back at school,” said C. Crowther, a digital lead and LearnED attendee.