- The Naace Conference for London and South England will be held in October, with the theme, Learning UnlimITed.
- Research with schools during the development of the event’s content identified several key issues; excessive focus on examinations, issues with infrastructure and an overly prescriptive curriculum
- Speakers include education experts, academics and teachers, with the opening keynote from Professor Rose Luckin, London Knowledge Lab.
Naace, the association for education technology, today announced its London conference, Learning UnlimITed, to be held on 21 October at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College. The conference will bring together a number of outstanding speakers and the event is completely free to attend, ensuring that the crucial messages presented are available to all.
The event programme was compiled through submissions from headteachers, teachers, governors and other education stakeholders from around the UK, ensuring that the topics covered will address the real issues facing schools today.
In determining the programme, research from Naace revealed several key issues: Headteachers and governors are anxious about the excessive focus on examination, placing pressure on both pupils and teachers; teachers highlighted their concerns around what they called an “over-prescriptive curriculum” leaving little time for enrichment or learning outside of the classroom; and business managers are wading through problems with infrastructure, including procurement, connectivity and safeguarding.
The event’s content has been developed to address these issues. The event will be organised into three distinct threads: digital pedagogy and assessment; EdTech procurement and support; and online safety. As well as keynote speeches from educational experts, the conference will also allow attendees to get hands-on with workshops, participate in panel sessions, and get a glimpse into the best practice of similar schools in their use of EdTech.
Mark Chambers, CEO of Naace said: “We wanted to host an event that was accurately tailored to the specific needs of schools, so we took suggestions from a range of education stakeholders about what they wanted to discuss and designed the programme around this. We’re very excited to welcome visitors to the event and we hope that this personalised approach will prove more valuable to those who attend.”
More details of the event programme can be found on the Naace website, and educators from around the UK can get involved before the event and have their say by tweeting to @Naace with the hashtag #NaaceLon16.