Now that schools are building a long-term blended learning strategy, it is essential to consider not just what devices are used but also what digital pedagogies are in place to drive learning outcomes. To develop a truly effective digital strategy, schools must focus not only on digital literacy skills, but also the complexities of blended learning design.

In this session we will discuss key questions around pedagogical reform.
Friday June 25, 2021, starting at 4:00 PM BST
  • How is the accelerated use of technology changing the ways in which we teach?
  • How must schools reconsider their pedagogical approaches to ensure the same quality of learning for students in both remote and in-classroom settings?
  • How might we adapt the curriculum for a blended learning approach?
  • How can we keep accessibility and inclusion in mind during learning design?
Lord Jim Knight
Director of Suklaa Ltd and former UK minister for schools, digital and employment
Jim Knight works in education, medtech and as a legislator. He is the Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global Ltd, the news, training, jobs and resource sharing service for teachers. Jim is a founder of XRapid, enabling diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPhones. As a UK government minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He was a member of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. He is also a visiting Professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education.
Miriam Manderson
Headteacher, Rooks Heath School
Miriam Manderson has over 25 years of experience working in education and is the headteacher of Rooks Heath School, a large secondary school of 1200 students in London. Miriam has worked in a variety of London schools including as a Language College Director introducing improvements in technology across a school and as a headteacher leading through the pandemic. She understands how efficient digital environments can add significantly to school improvement. From her own very humble beginnings in the North-West of London Miriam has developed an insatiable appetite to reverse the effects of disadvantage.
Al Kingsley
CEO of NetSupport and Chair of two Multi-Academy Trusts
Al Kingsley is CEO of the EdTech company NetSupport, with almost 30 years’ experience in educational technology and digital safeguarding.

With a passion for education and, in particular, governance and raising organisational performance, Al has undertaken several other roles, outside of his NetSupport duties, including Chair of two Multi-Academy Trusts and an AP Academy, Chair of the area’s Governors’ Leadership Group and the county SEND Board. Al is also on the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the East of England and North London, a FED council member and a Committee Member of Peterborough School Improvement Board. Al is also the author of "My Secret #EdTech Diary" and co-author of the ‘Digital Strategy Guide for Schools’ with Mark Anderson.
Peter Ashworth
Chief Executive Officer Cidari Education – Multi Academy Trust
I am the CEO of a 10 academy MAT based in the North West of England and formed by the Diocese of Blackburn. I have worked in education for 30 years and have worked across all sectors and phases. I have had the pleasure to work at senior level across four local authorities and have experience of advisory and SIP work, primary and secondary capital projects, academies and MATs and detailed school improvement. I joined Cidari six years ago and have seen the MAT grow from six to ten academies in the last four years. I love innovative approaches to delivering education and relish opportunities to collaborate.
Michael Flood
SVP & GM Education, Kajeet
Michael focuses on technology’s transformative role in education. At Kajeet, Michael leads strategy addressing equity and scalability of mobile technology in the Education market. Kajeet's develops new uses for LTE networks to connect students away from school grounds, provide fixed wireless in the community and backup connectivity for the educational sector. Kajeet works with thousands of schools, districts, and libraries to ensure every student is always connected.
Moderator: Sarah Marshall
Global Head of Content, Bett Portfolio
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