Programme of Events
Plexal | Saturday 22nd September
EdTech Festival



Registration |Settle in & find out how to make the most of today’s festival.

Kick Off Performance |Local students

Welcome to The Edtech Podcast Festival | Sophie Bailey, Host, The Edtech Podcast Festival


The power of polymath | Dr Jess Wade, Department of Physics, Imperial College London

Learning by making | Speakers to be announced

Explore | Time to explore the festival

Live Podcast Programme 

The Edtech Podcast on student voice & real-world learning

The Edtech Podcast in conversation with Debate Mate Podcast, Hundred & special guests

Sophie Bailey talks with Jessica Spencer-Keyse, Head of Global Research, Hundred, Real-World Learning Directors from local School21, Adebayo Odusola, Programme Director,  and students from the Debate Mate Podcast and local Sixth formers Malika, Edil and Sungna about bringing “real world” opportunities to young people

The TES Podcast with a policy news review 

Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor, TES, reviews the weeks policy news with a special guest

The LSE IQ Podcast in conversation with The Times Higher Education Podcast on creating an award-winning edu podcast

Tom Williams, Film and Audio Team Manager from the Communications Division of London School of Economics and Political Science is in conversation with Sara Custer, Digital editor, The Times Higher Education to talk about the power of podcasting: how, why, and what to do next to create an award winning educational podcast.

The Teacher Toolkit Podcast on saving teachers time

Ross Morrison McGill, Founder, Teacher Toolkit talks to guests about saving teacher time, with Rory McGrath, Deputy Headteacher, New Wave Federation, James Bowen, Director, NAHT Edge – The NAHT Podcast and Laura McInerney, TeacherTapp

The Edtech Podcast on digital skills

The Apprentice? Isn’t Alan Sugar the most anachronistic boss figure going? This LIVE recording looks at how alternative post-secondary pathways and vocational technologies are making a difference.

In discussion with
Euan Blair, CEO, WhiteHat
Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO, UFI
Rosie Holcroft, Senior Manager – Regeneration, LLDC
Ambrose Quashie, Programme Manager – Employer Engagement, Strategy, Policy & Economic Development, Hackney Council
Tom Fogdon, Dean and COO, ADA College

Educator Workshops

Open to all. Thank you to our Educator Workshops Lead Sponsor:

The innovation hub is our masterclass area where we feature short form interactive classes for educators to pick up implementable and impactful ideas for their own teaching environments. Come and crowdsource ideas for your current projects. Networking will continue in the “high street”.

Edtech in English
Find out how innovations are transforming language, teaching, learning and assessment with Justin Walthall and Helen Allen, Cambridge Assessment English

Oracy and communication skills class 
Anna Kyrk, Head of Curriculum Development & Project Based Learning, Primary Oracy at School 21, Newham

Educator/Senior Leader E-Learning Drop In Clinic
Open to all and run by WomenEd leader and award-winning Head of E-Learning at Ashford School, Neelam Parmar… Come and air your current challenges on digital leadership or ask how to develop your digital leadership skills. Gain new approaches and troubleshoot

Reducing teacher workload in practice
Rory McGrath, Deputy Headteacher and Digital Lead, New Wave Federation

Edtech for Maths
Join OCR, Cambridge Maths, and MEI to explore exciting ways to support computational thinking in the classroom.
Gemma Hewitt (OCR), Lynne McClure (Cambridge Maths) with Terry Dawson and Tom Button from Mathematics in Education And Industry

Do’s & Don’t of Edtech for Impact, an SLT Perspective
Bruce Wilson, Educational Technologist for United Learning, Michelle Thomas, Exec CEO, New Wave Fed and Ian Dunn, Deputy VC (Student Experience), Coventry University reveal *all*

Assessing digital tools for research schools
Andy Samways, Director of the Teaching School & Director of the Research School, Samuel Academy Research School

Primary & Secondary Schools: how does edtech fit into school improvement?
Jonny Davey, Computing and ICT Lead, Hackney Learning Trust

Edtech Hacks Town Hall Q and A
Andrew Nye and Evelina Galaczi, (Cambridge Assessment English) joined by all
presenters from previous three sessions and tips on edtech for Maths, Science and English. 

Lunchtime Options 

Time to grab some lunch and meet your fellow festival attendees for your chosen lunchtime activity:

1:1 “ed” and “tech” canoeing in the River Lea for 30 minutes 

Mindfulness session for stressed-out educators & entrepreneurs

Meet the authors. Come & exchange ideas with our pop-up book shop authors

Take some time out in our outdoor areas before the session kicks off again

Makers Yard

Open to all. Thank you to our Makers Yard sponsors:


The Makers Yard is our large interactive space which will host tactile features which aim to bring together “ed” and “tech”. Choose your sessions and sign up to one of the many workshop opportunities to learn together in small groups. 

Edtech efficacy clinic
Drop in with Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, EDUCATE, UCL Institute of Education to find out the basic questions you should be asking to ensure efficacy is at the heart of what you do

Making is for everyone!
Take on some new maker space techniques with Kate Mulcahy, The Reach Out Makerspace, The Invention Rooms, Imperial College London

Primary School CPD | Engaging using YouTube, Primary Computing without Computers and Values based Digital Citizenship
Paul Wright, Lead Practitioner Designate in Computer Science, Innovation and Edtech lead, Aureus School

Research fact-check your edu & edtech news story
Fran Abrams, CEO, Education Media Centre 

Play-based learning for early years and beyond
Lego Education 

Learning by Making
Creative computing sessions with the pi-top team

AR & VR to support the curriculum 
LGFL interactive session hosted by Dawn Hallybone

Putting the learner first
Jamie Brooker, Co-Founder, We Are Human / Kahoot! & Tim Moore, We Are Human

What do you think innovation is? 
Workshop on the everyday-ness of innovation & how to use it in your work.
Jessica Spencer-Keyse, Head of Global Research, Hundred

Edtech in Science
Join Cambridge Assessment, with colleagues from Cambridge University Press, as we discuss how digital learning materials support great teaching and add value in the classroom. We’ll also share exciting teaching and learning ideas applicable across all subjects. Andrew Field and Liz Duncombe (Cambridge International) with Victoria Stephenson (Cambridge English), Emily Clarke and Tessa Perrett (Cambridge Exams Publishing) and Eileen Dessaso (Cambridge University Press)

Online Safety & SEND Support
Dawn Hallybone, LGFL

How to save yourself time
Rory McGrath (Deputy Head, Shacklewell)

What’s “working” in edtech?
A special launch with Michael Forshaw, Innovate My School with a focus on school leaders

Helping children to be creators not consumers
Cassey Williams, Woodberry Down Primary School

Edtech Workshops

Open to all. Thank you to our edtech workshop sponsors:

Learner Experience Design
Zahra Davidson, Co-founder & Director, Enrol Yourself

Legal Priorities for Schools, Universities & Edtech Orgs
Matthew Johnson, Associate, Cooley LLP

Relationships, PR, Marketing & You
Anna Pedroza, Pedroza Communications

Business models for edtech
 Jan Matern, Emerge Education

Walking on the left side of the escalator
Richard Taylor, Media Taylor

MeetUps & Drinks

Open to all. Thank you to our meet up sponsors:  

Time for a drink, some nibbles and get to know some of the more active communities in education and edtech. Choose from:

  1. Education and Edtech Media
  2. International Education & Edtech – sponsored by Navitas
  3. Investors, Incubators & Accelerators

Plenary & Pitches

3 minute pitches of high-impact edtech in the following areas. Feedback from judges including learners, educators, investors and long-term sector commentators. Categories include Content for the “netflix generation”,  Tools for teacher CPD, and Tools for the underserved. For the complete category list and for last minute entries:  Apply to pitch at The Edtech Podcast Festival

Judges are chosen to reflect everyone from end-user to investor and include: 

  • Dr Neelam Parmar, Director of E-Learning, Ashford School
  • Ian Dunn Deputy VC (Student Experience),  Coventry University
  • Matthew Johnson, Associate, Cooley LLP
  • Melody Lang, Investor, Edvinca
  • Richard Taylor, Investor, Media Taylor
  • Katy Potts, Computing & Online Safety Lead for Schools, Islington Council
  • Parents and Students 

Pop-Up Book Shop from the Wellcome Collection Shop

Pick up an inspiring read and enjoy some quiet time among the bean bags and grassy area. We’ll have a pop-up book shop on hand with titles from our podcast guest good-read recommendations from the last 100 episodes. Plus, select authors will be on site to share ideas and insight. 

Corridor of (Lifelong) Learning

A select group of organisations focused on teaching and learning impact feature in our “corridor of (lifelong) learning” at The Edtech Podcast Festival.

We are actively reviewing organisations whose work fits within specific cateogories, including SEND tools, VR and AR for 21st Century Skills, and Digital Safety Online. (If that’s you find more details, all the categories and apply here.)

The Edtech Podcast Festival Party

Seeking Sponsor! Must have GSOH and love country walks. 

Join us locally  – and possibly on a boat – for a wrap party with some special touches.