The breakout sessions will run from 10.30am to 11.15am.  Details to date are listed below and will be updated in the coming weeks. Biographies for the breakout speakers can be found by clicking the link below.



"Making IT Analogue"

Carol Porter & Tim Scratcherd


This breakout is based on the Naace Professional Development Event (PDE) “From Fear to Fun: creative ways to tackle complex concepts in the computing curriculum”. Without the use of any technological equipment, participants learn fundamental principles of information technology, for example, how the internet works, how digital images are transmitted by email, and how databases process search queries. During this breakout participants will experience a selection of tried and tested activities that can be taken back to the classroom and used immediately.

Click here for Carol and Tim’s biographies


How to make IT better and why

John Hurst - Headteacher of Lever House Primary School in Farington, Lancashire


Why do schools exist? What is our core purpose? What is our vision? What prevents us from attaining our goals and vision? What can we do about this? How can IT help us achieve our goals? Focus on some examples of IT helping to achieve a vision - changing pedagogy; focus on skills through real projects; resilience and a growth mindset; collaboration and the tools to collaborate; the world as a classroom; involving the right people in the process of learning; having fun.

Click here for John's biography


Cyber Security

Sue Nieland


Cyber security – for individual teachers and schools – is becoming a top priority as schools are as much at risk of cyber-attack as any other organisation.  Becoming cyber aware is important for everyone working in schools, and this is more than e-safety and safeguarding. The Tech Partnership and NAACE have produced a Cyber Security accreditation scheme for all teachers and school staff, in primary and secondary, with funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Teachers can gain accreditation at levels 1, 2 and 3 in this scheme, the development of which has been supported by members of the cyber security industry.  Schools will also be able to become Cyber Aware Institutions in an extension of the scheme launching this year. This session will demonstrate the level 1 accreditation and how to register.

 Click here for Sue's biography



The Future of Online Safety: changing the message
Ken Corish afternoon breakout


As young people’s engagement with online technology becomes increasingly more sophisticated, it’s apparent that many of the legacy online safety messages have less resonance and limited impact with the group for which they were originally shaped. In an online world of open social transparency, how do we educate to build a resilience in our children that allows them to navigate those burgeoning issues of privacy, reputation, responsibility and harm, whilst harnessing the massive potential technology offers? What is our role as educators in ensuring these aspects have positive outcomes in terms of empowerment and well-being?

Click here for Ken’s biography


Let's get physical with the BBC micro: bit
Yvonne Walker


This session will begin with an introduction in to the background behind the BBC micro:bit project, followed by a hands on session exploring the BBC micro:bit website.  The session will end with informative ideas and suggestions for using the micro:bit in the classroom.

Click here for Yvonne’s biography



Breakout info
Breakout info