Raising Standards Using ICT Conference, Middlesbrough

| February 28, 2014 | 83 Comments 

Great to deliver a couple of keynotes, and workshops, at the Raising Standards Using ICT Conference, Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough’s renown ICT Conference is back! This superb event featured a wide ranging ICT marketplace and top “inspirational ICT professionals” from across education.

Middlesbrough is very proud of its ICT achievements over the years. Supported by the now disbanded LA ICT Team, Middlesbrough schools have enjoyed national acclaim from BECTA, were early pioneers of the ICT Mark and won multiple awards for their digital creativity.

Darren Gamble shared these thoughts:

It is hugely important for our schools to continue this momentum and drive forward the next generation of digital learners and our ICT Conference is key to inspiring our educators in this ever changing landscape.

The title ‘ICT’ may have disappeared from the new Computing Curriculum, but never have ‘information’, ‘communication’ and ‘technology’ been more important to continue to raise the standards in our schools.

Addressing issues from the new ICT curriculum, cyber security, digital creativity, long term visions and so much more; our conference gives us an opportunity to dispel the myths surrounding the ‘coding’ agenda as well as offering inspiration and creative ideas for this new chapter of the digital age.

Alongside our opening, and closing, keynotes, and workshops, there were other sessions from some key providers:

Andrew Morrish shared ways of Becoming a Stand Out School:

Andrew is currently Executive Principal of Victoria Park Primary Academy in Smethwick, a school he led from special measures to outstanding in exactly 1000 days. Prior to this Andrew was headteacher of one of the largest primary schools in the country in East London, a school that he also led to outstanding. Andrew is now in his 3rd headship having started his teaching career in Liverpool. More recently, Andrew has become CEO of the Victoria Academies Trust, a school-led multi academy trust with Victoria Park as sponsor academy for schools placed in special measures. Andrew is passionate about the innovative use of digital technology and immersive learning as key drivers for transformational leadership in challenging schools. Andrew is also an Ofsted inspector, chair of governors and Fellow of the RSA.

Delegates got to hear how one school removed barriers to learning and closed the achievement gap by enabling children to become social entrepreneurs and creative planners.

Simon Finch @simfin – Towards Safe, Confident and Considerate Learners

This session looked at the latest development in how esafety and digital literacy are essential (and Ofsted required) elements of the school curriculum across ALL Key Stages.

Simon Finch is a long-time friend, and long-time friend of Middlesbrough. He is an E-Safety Guru, and was welcomed back to MTLC to share his wisdom.

Simon is a presenter and guide on elearning, esafety, safeguarding, IPR and themes relating to technology and learning. With 20 years experience in leading workshops and training sessions in schools and local authorities. Keynote, conference and exhibition speaker for Becta, Regional Broadband Consortia, universities, LSCBs, local authorities, schools and public services and charities. 2013 NAACE Impact Award winner for leadership ‘for his commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for the education sector.’

2Simple  @2SimpleSoftware – Coding in the New Curriculum

In this session 2Simple looked at the coding requirements of the new curriculum and how their new software, 2Code can deliver this through Purple Mash.  2Code has been tailor-made to hit every aspect, and best of all, it requires no prior knowledge of coding!

Espresso Coding – @EspressoCoding  Routes to the New Curriculum

Espresso shared their new curriculum product Espresso Coding which can provide schools with everything it needs to get up to speed with this new and challenging area.

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  1. Danielle Scott says:

    Such a great day!
    Many great resources and ideas to take back into school!

  2. Jacki says:

    What a fantastic and inspirational day! Thank you! Well done organisers, key speakers and workshop presenters. Lots of food for thought to take back to school and share!

  3. Mary says:

    The photos say it all! Happy, smiling teachers filled with enthusiasm by Tim, Sarah and Mr Walker. Can’t wait to stroll around the vast amount of links that this blog promises. Thanks for a great day.

  4. John Vickers says:

    Inspirational day, looking forward to experimenting in the classroom!

  5. Andrew Pearson says:

    Well organised inspiring event. Looking forward to applying ideas in school!

  6. Chris Simpson says:

    Fantastic session so many good ideas to take back into the classroom

  7. Phil Smith says:

    I think I may have rediscovered my teaching mojo! Thanks! I will start to digitally follow your every word!

  8. Thanks so much for today!!

    Very inspirational! Lots of fab resources. Can’t wait to try some of them with the kids!

  9. Vicki laven says:

    Fantastic day seen Tim before and he never fails to impress. It’s not often that you meet someone who brings new excitement to teaching. Thank you

  10. Tim says:

    Thanks ALL for your very thoughtful feedback on today
    We had a great day
    Keep in touch
    Tim and Sarah

  11. Zoe says:

    Amazing day with lots of useful and imaginative ideas/resources. Thankyou very much

  12. Jacki says:

    …And! Happy Birthday Tim! From Thorntree Primary School!

  13. Tim says:

    Thank you Jacki
    Not yet home but looking forward to being there
    Thanks for your kind wishes

  14. Kate Gouldsbrough says:

    Fantastic day! Tim was so funny and showed us some fanastic ideas and resources. Thanks for a great day!

  15. Nic Marshall says:

    Still thinking about all the inspiring ideas today. Great to get chance to reflect and think about how to use the fantastic resources. I’m looking forward to experimenting…the kids are going to love it! Thank you.

  16. Stacey says:

    Fantastic and inspirational day. Lots of ideas to think about! Thanks

  17. Darren Gamble says:

    The word inspiration does not seem enough to describe today ! Thank you so much to Tim and Sarah for filling Middlesbrough full of exciting creative ideas. Safe journey home 🙂

  18. Selmah says:

    Wow- The power of ICT! A day filled with inspiring speakers, a wealth of resources for every child. Simon Finch’s session was definitely thought provoking with some funny bits in between. Thankyou. I look forward to the next conference with your team!

  19. Laura Oakes says:

    Today was so inspiring, loads of ideas to share back at school now 🙂
    Thanks Tim and Sarah

  20. Michelle Hind says:

    A fantastic conference with inspirational speakers and fab ideas for the classroom.

  21. Vicky says:

    A great day, feeling very inspired.

  22. Kirsty says:

    Thanks for a great day! 🙂

  23. David Mitchell says:

    Thanks a lot Tim yesterday was a really thought and discussion provoking day. I especially enjoyed the sequence at the end where you showed how you applied the use of the different websites in the classroom.

  24. Sean says:

    Thanks for a great day

    Lots of ideas to try in the classroom

  25. Ann says:

    Fantastic day! Feeling very inspired and digitally connected now I have joined Twitter… Thank you.

  26. Jacob Appleyard says:

    Great day, thanks loads. Even being embarrassed by my ridiculous enthusiasm for the Lego links didn’t dampen my day.


  27. Karen says:

    A very inspiring day! So many ideas to take back to school, thank you.

  28. Vikki says:

    Had a great day, looking forward to sharing ideas back at school.

  29. Joel says:

    Inspiring & informative – Thanks

  30. Stephanie says:

    A very inspiring day! Thank you for all the great ideas.

  31. Pauline says:

    Definitely using a website a week.

  32. Gemma says:

    An inspiring and challenging day. Lots of great ideas to try out.

  33. Peter Harris says:

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for your talk at the MTLC. Lots of ideas for use in my classroom. Many thanks

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