Press Release: Naace Strategic Conference and Exhibition 2011 - Programme and Exhibition Details Confirmed

Author: Aga Kelly
Naace is delighted to confirm the final programme for The Naace Strategic Conference and Exhibition as leading ICT Suppliers prepare to converge on Reading for another outstanding exhibition of ground breaking teaching and learning tools and resources.

Exhibitors will come together with leading strategists in the field of ICT and Technology Empowered Learning to showcase their solutions that will impact on the future of learners, as UK plc continues to lead the world with its innovative classroom practice.

The event will be taking place at Wokefield Park, Reading from Tuesday 15 March to Thursday 17 March 2011.

The Naace Strategic Conference and Exhibition is recognised as one of the key forums for exploring, debating and challenging current thinking about technology and learning. With top-flight keynote speakers, workshops on topical issues and an exhibition with the most innovative suppliers, Naace 2011 is gearing up to be another formative event.

At the Naace Conference delegates can be assured of engaging in professional dialogue with like minded colleagues from schools, local authorities, agencies and suppliers, who share our passion for technology enhanced learning.

This year's theme is 'Brave New World: Changing Times in Education'

On Tuesday afternoon delegates can hear Ewan McIntosh, Director, NoTosh Limited open the conference by demonstrating ‘How brave teachers around the world are making change for themselves’, followed by Professor Stephen Heppell, joining the conference by a live video link from Melbourne to discuss ‘Up or down in Pisa?: success or failure in the world of Learning?’

David Moran and David Crossley of the Inspirational Schools Partnership will respond to the opening keynotes and will extend the discussion to a consideration of ‘Approaches to Sustainable School Transformation’.

Details of Ministerial input are awaiting confirmation but both Nick Gibb and Lord Hill have been invited to speak together with Kevin Brennan, The Shadow Minister for Schools.

As has become tradition on the opening day, The Chair of Naace, Rachel Ager, will set out challenges and aspirations for the gathering of strategic minds that this conference attracts.  In addition awards of the ICT Mark will be made to successful local schools and the winners of the Naace National Art Competition, sponsored by Toshiba, 3P Learning, Brother (UK) Ltd, Immersive Education, FantastICT, Encyclopeadia Britannica and Lightbox Education, will be announced.

The Naace conference has become a leader in the field of global engagement, having peaked on Twitter trends over the last three years. It is anticipated that this year will be no exception. It is expected that the both the virtual audience and the conference delegates will present multi dimensional challenges, throughout the event, that the talented speakers will respond to, as new thoughts are defined and shaped for audience consideration.

Many Naace delegates attend the conference to provide for their annual CPD needs. As such the recent addition of the Sponsors’ Masterclasses to the programme has been warmly welcomed. Delegates this year can attend up to four classes from a choice of eleven enabling them to find out about innovative developments on offer from commercial providers. Add to this the opportunity to attend a dedicated exhibition with some 40 leading exhibitors on Wednesday and the result is that there is a very professional meeting of like minded colleagues. Delegates can go away from the Naace conference fully briefed to extend the support they can offer schools, learners and practitioners. Hopefully exhibitors will gain invaluable insight and the opportunity to extend their business as part of the bargain.

Organisations offering Master Classes this year are:

Just 2 Easy, Synetrix, Toshiba, Global Grid for Learning, Meru Networks, NFER, Elmo Co Ltd, TTS Group Ltd - Electronics Division, Interactive Education, 2Simple, Microsoft and Intel.

Organisations exhibiting this year are:

Crick Software, Microsoft , Interactive Education , FantastICT, Espresso Education, Viglen, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Guroo, Siracom Ltd, 3P Learning, Brother (UK) Ltd, Elmo, Adobe, Education City, Encyclopeadia Britannica, Editure Education, Serif, Northgate Managed Services, Just2Easy, TTS Group, Rising Stars, SUMS Online Ltd, Lightbox Education, The Copyright Licensing Agency, British Council, 2Simple, Steljes, Crocodile Clips, Millionaire for Schools, NFER for Schools, E2BN, SSAT, TLM/ The INGOTs , Do-Be IT, Zulogic, IT services from Capita, ePace, Core: ECS, Learning Possibilities, Advisory Matters, Banxia Software Ltd.           

Another key component of the event will be the Teachmeet taking place on Tuesday evening sponsored by 3P Learning,, and to reflect the changing times in education, for the first time, Naace is hosting a Career Development Meet and Greet session to enable delegates to investigate and explore a range of potential work opportunities.

On Wednesday we have a packed programme with other leading speakers at the event such as Professor Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, speaking about Where Children Teach Themselves: Self Organising Systems in Education and Professor Steve Furber, Chair of the Royal Society investigation into the teaching of computing in schools, leading a debate on the question - Is the teaching of computing in schools extinguishing young people’s enthusiasm for computing?

In addition to this there is a panel discussion on the National Curriculum and there are sixteen breakout sessions to choose from including renowned speakers such as Ollie Bray, Fiona Aubrey Smith, John Baumber, Peter Twining, Dan Roberts, Maggie Berry, Debbie Forster, Tom Cooper and many more. Full details -

Following this substantial programme on Wednesday we will look forward to the Drinks Reception, sponsored by Northgate Managed Service ( and the Inaugural Naace Awards Dinner, hosted by Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, where the winners of the Naace ICT Impact Awards will be announced.[1] These awards are being sponsored by Crick Software (, Lightbox (, Software4Students ( and Phoenix Software ( Dancing and celebration will follow with music provided by ‘Something Borrowed’ a local band with a great sound.

On Thursday the day begins with Ben Arora, Programme Director, Education, NESTA  presenting ‘A world in flux – the implications for our children’s futures’, followed by Alison Peacock, National Network Leader for the Cambridge Primary Review and Roger Billing, Deputy Headteacher, Wroxham Primary School addressing  ‘How the Cambridge Primary Review: Aims into Practice’. Geoff Stead, will present the final keynote on the hot topic of Mobile Learning, asking ‘Can smaller equal more personal and effective?’

Naace recognises that it is necessary to show leadership in how ICT professionals navigate through this changing world so we are delighted that delegates will be guided in the formulation of their thinking by our closing panel of experts including Tony Richardson, Executive Director, Strategy and Communications, BECTA, John Baumber, CEO and Education Director, Learning Schools Trust, Steve Moss, Strategic Director - ICT, Partnerships for Schools, Alison Peacock, National Network Leader for the Cambridge Primary Review and Graham Brown-Martin, Founder and Managing Director of ‘Learning Without Frontiers’. Each has been given a specific brief to address in relation to the conference theme with the aim to send delegates away with much to contemplate and act upon.

As Rachel Ager, Chair of the Naace Board of Management commented, ‘No-one said it would be easy to present to the Naace Conference 2011, but we are absolutely certain that commentators will find much to engage and inspire them in the event we have designed for the community this year. Watch this space.’

Media are invited to attend the Conference.  For more details or if you have any queries please Contact or call Michelle on 07736 280050.

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Notes for Editors:

1. Naace invites the Media to attend the Conference, take their own photographs and conduct brief interviews with Naace Staff and Board of Management Representatives.   Please contact Michelle Cank on the number above if you wish to attend or need further details.

2. Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT).


[1] A further press release will follow on this.

Press Release: Naace Strategic Conference and Exhibition 2011 - Programme and Exhibition Details Confirmed
Naace is delighted to confirm the final programme for The Naace Strategic Conference and Exhibition as leading ICT Suppliers prepare to converge on Reading for another outstanding exhibition of ground breaking teaching and learning tools and resources.