Press Release - Naace Strategic Conference 2012 - Ready, steady, go!

Author: Anna Street
Press Release - Naace Strategic Conference 2012

For Immediate Release

Naace Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012 - Final Programme and Leading Exhibition details confirmed.

Naace is delighted to confirm the final programme for The Naace Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012 as leading ICT Suppliers prepare to converge on Leicester for another outstanding exhibition of educational technology. Exhibitors will come together with leading strategists in the field of ICT to showcase their solutions and engage in three days and nights of truly professional collaboration. 

The event will be taking place at The Leicester Marriot Hotel from Thursday 8 March to Saturday 10 March 2012, coinciding with the start of Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee Tour in Leicester on 8 March.

The Naace Strategic Conference and Exhibition is recognised as one of the key forums for exploring, debating and challenging thinking about technology and learning. With top-flight keynote speakers, workshops on topical issues, an ICT Curriculum Symposium, the Naace ICT Impact Awards Ceremony and the Naace Exhibition with the most innovative suppliers, Naace 2012 is gearing up to be another ground breaking, world class 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, from all around the UK and beyond, who share a passion for technology enhanced learning.

The Naace conference has become a leader in the field of global engagement, having peaked on Twitter trends over the last four years. It is anticipated that this year will be no exception. It is expected that 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.

The St Lawrence Academy and Inverkeithing High School students will be present at the event, supported by Radiowaves, to film, record and produce content for publication including interviews with keynote speakers.

This year's theme is 3rd Millennium Learning – The Compelling Case for ICT’.

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.  Josie Fraser will extend a welcome from Leicester City Council and share details about the great developments going on in Leicester Schools with the support of Managed Service Provider and Naace Sponsoring Partner, Northgate Managed Services.

The focus will then turn to the initial strand of the conference theme – ‘3rd Millennium Learning’ when delegates will hear from the Headteacher, Karine George and pupils from Westfields Junior School, one of the very first 3rd Millennium Learning Award (1) Schools. They will speak for themselves! This will be followed by Professor Peter Millican, Oxford University, who will make a ‘Compelling Case for ICT’, the second strand of the conference theme.

Later in the afternoon on Thursday stimulating keynotes will be provided by Dr Andrew Curran, Associate of Independent Thinking Limited and Dr Sue Black of University College London as they set out to inspire and challenge all delegates on the opening day of this formative, strategic event.

The formal programme for Thursday will conclude with a conference panel and an evening of informal networking.

Friday’s agenda will kick off with a presentation to The Hall School from Leicester receiving their 3rd Millennium Learning Award together with awards to a group of schools receiving the prestigious ICT Mark for Schools. Vanessa Pittard, Head of Technology Policy Unit from the Department for Education and David Brown, National Adviser for ICT from Ofsted will provide morning keynotes and delegates will be able to choose from a comprehensive array of 16 breakout sessions on this day alone. The first Naace ICT Curriculum Symposium will also take place on Friday 9 March to review the new Naace Curriculum Framework for ICT (2), following Mr Gove’s announcements on the potential decommissioning of the ICT programme of study in September 2012.

The Naace Exhibition will open on Friday 9 March at 10.30am and will run throughout the event and there will be further keynote addresses from Stephen Carrick-Davies, former CEO of Childnet and Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor from Plymouth University in the late afternoon.

Many Naace delegates attend the conference to provide for their annual CPD needs. As such the recent addition of the Sponsors’ Sessions to the programme has been warmly welcomed. Delegates this year can attend a range of sessions enabling them to find out about innovative developments on offer from commercial providers. Add to this the opportunity to attend a dedicated exhibition with leading exhibitors on Friday and Saturday  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 Sponsors’ Sessions this year are:

Microsoft, Meru Networks, Genee World, RM Education Software, Intel, Elmo, Immersive Education, MASS in Education, Aver, Vital and FantastICT.

Organisations exhibiting this year are:

Crick Software Ltd, Microsoft, E2BN, The School House Partnership, Punnet, Banxia Software, 3P Learning - Reading Eggs, 3P Learning – Mathletics, Sage@School, Wyse Technology, Lightspeed Systems Europe, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), TTS Group Ltd, Meru Networks, InVentry, Classroom Monitor, Digimap for Schools, Adobe, Editure Education Services Uk Ltd, NEC Display Solutions, RM Education Software, Rising Stars Uk, Civica, The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), Viglen Ltd, 2Simple Software, Scholastic Education, Serif (Europe) Ltd, Just2Easy Limited, CiA Training Ltd, ZuLogic Ltd, LEGO® Education, Espresso Education Ltd, AirWatch, OPENHIVE from Capita, AVM Education Ltd, Hertfordshire Schools ICT Team, The Schools Network, Follett, Elmo Co Ltd, FITS Foundation.

On Friday evening a reception will be held for ICT Impact Award short listed candidates, Naace Sponsors (specifically Crick Software, Software4Students, Phoenix Software, Kudlian Software, Meru Networks, Civica and FantastICT) and Charles Clarke, Former Minister of Education, prior to the celebratory Naace ICT Impact Awards Dinner (3). Naace is grateful to all of the sponsors and contenders for their inputs. In addition, lots of festivities are planned and there will be opportunities to win phenomenal prizes, donated by Naace Sponsoring Partners (4), (specifically Elmo, Classroom Monitor, Serif, 2Simple, Crick Software, Banxia Software, Espresso Education and LEGO® Education) whilst raising funds for Naace’s chosen Charity, the Mamelodi Trust (5), in the Prize Draw.

On Saturday there are inspirational sessions from Professor Mick Waters; Stephen Breslin, CEO of Futurlab; David Mitchell, Deputy Head Teacher of Heathfield Primary School and a much awaited keynote, sponsored by Promethean, from Richard Noble OBE. In parallel there will be a further 16 breakout sessions and the Naace Exhibition to attend for delegates attending the Schools’ ICT Festival. 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, Just2Easy, TTS, Radiowaves, ZuLogic, Scholastic, Texthelp, Sumdog, Serif, Elmo and NEC Display Solutions will be announced.

Naace recognises that it is necessary to provide thought leadership to enable ICT professionals to navigate through a changing landscape and it is hoped that the closing panel of experts will be able to guide delegates in the formulation of their thinking. 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.

Last but not least a final key component of the event will be the Naace TeachMeet taking place on Saturday afternoon sponsored by Follett Education and supported by Adobe. The TeachMeet movement has played a huge role in providing informal CPD for teachers and Naace is delighted to encourage delegates to attend this special event which will be orchestrated by Dughall McCormick and Drew Buddie, ably assisted by James Langley and Leon Cych.

Naace is grateful to all of those whose expert contributions and hard work make Naace conferences such a success. Further, Naace is grateful to other partner organisations who are providing support for the event including Badge Sponsor: SAM Learning; Laptop Sponsor: Toshiba; Equipment Sponsor: AVM; Interactive Agenda Sponsor: SchoolsICT; Keynote speaker sponsor: Promethean; School’s ICT Festival Day Sponsor: Scholastic and Bar Sponsors: Brother (UK) Ltd and Software4Students.

As Bernadette Brooks, Naace General Manager commented, ‘We appreciate the enormous commitment individuals and organisations give to the Naace community and we know that they do it because of their passion for ICT and technology enhanced learning, for themselves, for their organisations and most importantly for their students. At Naace 2012 there will be an enormous buzz when this community comes together in Leicester and I am absolutely confident that great things will come to pass. This community connects, collaborates and in doing so continues to drive change, change that has the potential to make a difference for every learner in every school. Join us physically or virtually to be part of this movement. You will not be disappointed.’

 See also the Naace Manifesto -

Media are invited to attend the Conference. For more details 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).

3. Naace manages the accreditation of schools through the ICT Mark and the Self-review Framework, which originated as the NaaceMark. Over 2000 schools have been accredited with the ICT Mark – see

4. Naace supports teachers, local authority staff and independent consultants in professional development through and many other activities, and provides individuals with work-based accreditation through the Certified Naace Professional scheme.

5. Naace works in partnership with subject associations, Headteachers' organisations, government organisations, the commercial sector supporting the use of ICT in schools and many other groups.

6. Membership of Naace is open to anyone concerned with advancing education through ICT. To join click


Press queries contact: Bernadette Brooks, Naace General Manager,, Tel: 07753 911436

1) 3rd Millennium Learning – see
2) A separate press release is available on the details of this Naace Initiative
3) A further press release will be provided detailing winners of the awards.
4) See for full details.
5) See

Press Release - Naace Strategic Conference 2012 - Ready, steady, go!
Press Release - Naace Strategic Conference 2012