Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for education technology - improving educational outcomes, supporting teachers, new approaches to procurement and sector engagement with schools

Morning, Thursday, 25th April 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will focus on the next steps for education technology in England.

It follows Government setting out its priorities for edtech in the summer which included a challenge for the tech industry to engage with schools to help them tackle some of the key issues they are facing - including how technology can support improvements in teaching and assessment, teacher training and learning outcomes.

Policymakers, technology companies and educationalists will discuss how to meet these challenges and look at key issues for schools, the teaching profession and for technology suppliers.

Attendees will examine latest trends in the use of technology in schools including the challenges that schools face in engaging with edtech and how industry can support schools in embracing technology, and spread best practice.

They will also consider developments in the use of technology in reducing teacher workloads, particularly in administration processes, following the government announcement of measures to support teachers in their workloads.

Further sessions will look how to improve the supply of technology to schools, including through the development of effective partnerships between schools and industry, and new approaches by suppliers to marketing .

Delegates will examine issues for schools around purchasing and commissioning technology, and ensuring they achieve value for money and can determine the effectiveness and efficiency of tech products in the buying stage.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Responding to Government’s edtech challenges: key priorities for the sector;
  • The use of edtech in schools: developing a technology-literate teaching workforce, ensuring edtech   improves learning outcomes and teaching and the role of technology in reducing workload; and
  • Improving the supply of technology: developing partnerships, value for money and key issues for suppliers.

Keynote Speaker

Deborah McCann

Head of Edtech, Stem Strategy and Digital Division, Department for Education

Keynote Speaker

Deborah McCann

Head of Edtech, Stem Strategy and Digital Division, Department for Education


Lord Lucas

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths


Darren Northcott

National Official for Education, NASUWT

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive, NESTA

Joachim Horn

Chief Executive Officer, SAM Labs

Michael Forshaw

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Innovate My School

Phil Richards

Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc

James Noble-Rogers

Executive Director, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

Professor Peter Twining

Professor of Education (Futures), The Open University

Professor Jackie Marsh

Professor of Education, University of Sheffield

Chris Rothwell

Director, Education, Microsoft UK

Caroline Wright

Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association

Katy Potts

Computing and E-Safety Lead for Children’s Services, Islington Council

Charley Rogers

Editor, Education Technology

Dr Junaid Mubeen

Director of Education, Whizz Education