Westminster Education Forum

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Next steps for UK EdTech - learning from the pandemic, infrastructure and access, meeting the needs of teachers and students, and market opportunities

Morning, Wednesday, 15th December 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will look at the future for EdTech in the wake of the pandemic and taking forward key developments in its use - as well as what is needed to support teachers in EdTech provision and identifying how the UK can take advantage of opportunities for exports and international partnerships.

We also expect discussion on options for policy and a refreshed strategy for EdTech in England.

It will be a timely opportunity to consider the contribution of demonstrator schools and colleges to supporting the wider education sector in the provision of EdTech during the pandemic, and the outlook for taking forward their role.

Delegates will also consider how to keep technology up to date and accessible for pupils, priorities for growing UK EdTech exports, and ways to reach new markets.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Bridie Tooher, Deputy Director, Digital Strategy for Education, Department for Education; Ty Goddard, Chair, EdTech UK; and Caroline Wright, Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association.

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • policy - and options for a future strategy for EdTech in the UK
  • the experience of the pandemic - taking forward what has been learned and looking at best practice
  • EdTech and teaching - developing digital strategies in schools that align with curricula
  • EdTech as a resource for teachers - its role in supporting teachers and priorities for training
  • upgrading technology - infrastructure priorities, connectivity, pupil access and digital inequalities, and futureproofing
  • global opportunities - growing the international market for EdTech products and expertise


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education. Also due to attend are representatives from Alpha Plus Group; Barclays; Doublestruck; Liverpool John Moores University; SEEMiS Group; and Whizz Education.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with school leaders, virtual learning platforms, educational suppliers, examination boards, teachers and teaching groups, special education needs providers, charities and youth support networks, parent groups, as well as researchers in academia and higher education, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Caroline Wright

Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association

Keynote Speakers

Ty Goddard

Chair, EdTech UK

Matt Hood

Principal, Oak National Academy

Caroline Wright

Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association

Bridie Tooher

Deputy Director, Digital Strategy for Education, Department for Education


Kerry-Jane Packman

Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services, Parentkind

Al Kingsley

Group CEO, NetSupport; and Chair, Hampton Academies Trust

Fiona Kempton

Director of Digital Strategy, Norwich High School for Girls, GDST

Sally Lanni

Executive Head Teacher, Pheasey Park Farm Primary School and Early Years Centre, Birmingham

Simon Carter

Marketing Director, Technology, RM

Chris McShane

CEO, Learning 3D

Richard Slade

Headteacher, Plumcroft Primary School, London

Dr Ioanna Noula

Co-Founder and Partner, Education Data | Digital Safeguards; and Co-Founder and Director of Research, The Internet Commission