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Programme of Events
Plexal | London | 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 introduced by Laura McInerney, Co-Founder, TeacherTapp and Educational Journalist 

Explore | Time to explore the festival

Live Podcast Programme 

The Edtech Podcast on student voice & real-world learning

Julian Hall, Founder, Ultra Education, with young
entrepreneurs talks with Debbie Penglis, Director of Partnerships, School21, and Adebayo Odusola, Programme Director, Debate Mate Podcast about bringing “real world” opportunities to young people.

Schools Week LIVE

A review of the weeks stories, recorded live in front of the festival audience with Catherine Murray, Digital Editor, Schools Week and Jess Staufenberg, Senior Reporter, Schools Week. 

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.

Oliver Beach, Campus Director, Flatiron, in discussion with
Liz Dobree, Chief Impact Officer, UFI, Rosie Holcroft, Senior Manager – Regeneration, LLDC and Tom Fogden, Dean and COO, ADA College.

The Edtech Podcast in takeover with LEGO Education

This LIVE podcast recording looks at holistic education and how to combine head and heart through STEAM programmes of learning.

In discussion with Shafina Vohra, Head of Faculty Options at London Design and Engineering UTC and Annie Duffield, Head of Marketing and Comms, Institute of Imagination.

Nate Lanxon in discussion with guests on technologies which are changing our world, including how we learn, and what to do about it.

Nate Lanxon, Bloomberg Tech Reporter. Host of Webby award nominated @TechsMessagePod with
Benedict du Boulay (Emeritus Professor), University of Sussex, UK, Visiting Professor, London Knowledge Lab, UCL – expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Human-computer Interaction,
Francesca (Chesca) Ooi, Century Tech and Christina He, Investment Manager, Navitas Ventures

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
Come and get involved and find out how Cambridge Assessment English is exploring and harnessing the latest innovations to transform language teaching, learning and assessment – with Mary Whiteside, Dan Frost, and Tom Booth from 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 leaders Dr. Neelam Parmar and Kirsty Tonks… Come and air your current challenges on digital leadership or ask how to develop your digital leadership skills. Gain new approaches and troubleshoot with help from attendees. This session invites your current concerns and invites others to help with suggestions. 

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

Edtech for Science
Andrew Field and Liz Duncombe from Cambridge Assessment International Education are joined via video link with partners from Cambridge University Press to discuss the latest tools & edtech for science.

Do’s & Don’t of Edtech for Impact, an SLT Perspective
Some distilled insights, under time restrictions from our guests across Schools and Universities, on what have been the important lessons when using technology in education or in an educational setting with Bruce Wilson, Educational Technologist for United Learning, Michelle Thomas, Exec CEO, New Wave Fed, Kirsty Tonks, Shireland Collegiate Academy and Ian Dunn, Deputy VC (Student Experience), Coventry University

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

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

How Cambridge Does Edtech (Open Session)

Join us for a fun, final session of the day as we come together to explore what EdTech looks like across all subjects and share thoughts, trends and tips with each other. Andrew Nye and Evelina Galaczi (Cambridge Assessment English)
Joined by all presenters from previous three sessions

Lunchtime Options 

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

1) “ed” and “tech” canoeing in the River Lea for 30 minutes with Moo Canoes
2) Mindfulness session for educators, entrepreneurs and everyone else run by Holistec
3) Meet the authors. Come & exchange ideas with some of our pop-up book shop authors
4) Take some time out to watch some educational films on our big screen
5) Go on a tour of a 3D printing studio to hear about their digital skills academy and how you can get involved 

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. 

Making is for everyone!
One of five sign-up workshops with Kate Mulcahy, Programme Coordinator and Ahreum Jung, Associate, The Reach Out Makerspace, The Invention Rooms, Imperial College London. Come along and explore low-tech robot building, adapting via open source code tinkering, plus using 3D printers. Great for those interested in building design thinking or Maker space activities into their work.

Sign up before the session to ensure your space. Sign up forms are on the Imperial College Maker Space Stand. Sessions run at 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

LEGO Education Maker: Create a Stop-Motion Animation with us!

One of five sign-up workshops. 
Join the LEGO Education team to experience building with WeDo, LEGO bricks & stop animation apps to help your students create! 
Led by the LEGO education team & teacher community 

Sign up on-site before the session to ensure your space. Sign up forms are on the LEGO Education tables. Sessions run at 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Learning by Making
One of four sign-up workshops. 

Stuart Swann, Learning Experience Designer, pi-top. Explore learning by making and how constructionism can transform learning and teaching. Get hands on with the pi-top curriculum and create your own spectacular sound and light show.

Sign up on-site before the session to ensure your space. Sign up forms are on the pi-top tables. Sessions run at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

Makers Yard Stage

Design Thinking in the classroom 

A 30 minute inspirational talk for teachers and other education professionals, sharing tools and methodologies used in the business world that can be applied to the classroom in order to design a truly learner centred learning environment.

Tim Moore, Managing Partner, We Are Human

Artificial intelligence as our school improvement plan for reducing workload whilst improving outcomes

Case studies showing how real schools improved the quality of teaching and learning in their schools whilst cutting the workload burden on teachers.

Chesca Ooi, Strategic Partnerships Manager, CENTURY Tech

Edtech in Science 

Andrew Field and Liz Duncombe from Cambridge Assessment International Education are joined via video link with partners from Cambridge University Press to discuss the latest tools & edtech for science.

Strategies for Online Safety & SEND Support

One of UK edtech’s most well-known faces provides some food for thought around the topics of online safety and SEND and what we can and probably should be striving to do better, where possible. 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

The RSA & Digital Me introduce Cities of Learning & Invite Feedback

Rosie Clayton from the RSA Cities of Learning project gives us the latest on what skills initiatives are taking place regionally and what we can learn from these collective programmes

Edtech Workshops

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

What you need to know if you’re thinking of operating in the USA, China or UK  Matthew Johnson, Associate, Cooley LLP

Learnings from creating products people love 

A 30 minute inspirational talk for entrepreneurs, founders, designers and product people, with strategies / methods / tools for adopting a user-centred design approach to designing, building and growing products in EdTech.

Jamie Brooker, Co-Founder, We Are Human 

Walking on the left side of the escalator

A whistle-stop tour through some learnings across hiring and retaining talent, investment, avoiding folly and making the most of your personal networks. 
Richard Taylor, Media Taylor

Taming the Data Beast: a Government, School & Industry Perspective

Insights following work across Europe on this topic with Beth Havinga, MD, Connect Edtech 

Storytelling: the most important skillset you haven’t thought about yet? Emma Vandore, Founder, Story Up

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

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

Demistifying Investment

If you are thinking of raising, then this one is for you. Some essential considerations from crowdfunding, angel investing, VC investing or otherwise and some notes on who is investing in edtech currently.

Also, ideas for schools whose budgets are stretched. Jan Matern, Emerge Education


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:

  • Education and Edtech Media
  • International Education & Edtech – sponsored by Navitas
  • Edu Meet Up

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.

Come and experience our corridor of (lifelong) learning and discuss the ontology of edtech, experience where AR&VR might enhance empathy, and hear from teachers which technologies are being used in school improvement plans. Sessions running all day at the festival include:

Edtech efficacy clinic for industry & teachers, plus dynamic edtech ontology wall
Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, EDUCATE, UCL Institute of Education 

How can upskilling in digital skills make education more equitable? 
Hackney Council

AI, school improvement & real case studies and impact data from schools across the UK using AI technology 
CenturyTech with teachers using AI for school improvement

LLDC seeking feedback on educational strategy for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
LLDC present their learner programme

Immersive Auditory Learning Workshop
Join the team from now>press >play to see for yourself the power of audio for imaginitive learning in literacy, history and empathy skills building. Tilly Brooke and Cillian Morgan, now>press>play

The Gender Equality Charter 
The GEC seeking input by those on educators and tech side alike
Nicole Ponsford and Cat Wildman, The GEC

Working with the Educational Media 

Sign- up 1:1 sessions with former educational journalists to understand how to negotiate the media when working in the education and edtech fields. 

Come and find out how you can collaborate with former educational journalists including Fran Abrams, CEO, Education Media Centre to ensure every educational news story is backed by the latest research. 

Primary School Lightning CPD

Join Paul Wright, Lead Practitioner Designate in Computer Science, Innovation and Edtech lead at Aureus School to learn his 3 quick wins for using tech effectively in a primary setting:

*Engaging using YouTube
*Primary Computing without Computers
*Values based Digital Citizenship 

Plenary & Pitches

10 pitches on a variety of topic areas. 3 minutes to pitch and 1 minute of feedback before final votes. Entrants: 

  1. Exa Foundation
  2. Supplied Teacher
  3. Mathigon
  4. MediSense
  5. Filtered
  6. NESLA (Nurturing English as a Second Language)
  7. ProPrep
  8. Museum in a Box
  9. ImpactED
  10. ThinkBox Education – Possible replace with My Story Ball
  11. My Story Ball


A real mix of students, parents, senior education leaders, investors, media and policy leads give some invaluable feedback from global perspectives. The Edtech Podcast mug really is a bonus. Judging will be based on Delivery, Impact, Need, Leadership & Viable Long-term Proposition.  

  1. Laura McInerney, Educational Journalist and Co-Founder, TeacherTapp
  2. Dr Neelam Parmar, Director of E-Learning, Ashford School  
  3. Ian Dunn, Deputy VC (Student Experience), Coventry University
  4. Christina He, Investor, Navitas Ventures
  5. Nicole Heard, Director, TeachFirst
  6. Julian Hall, Founder, Ultra Education & Student
  7. Katy Potts, Computing and Online Safety Lead for Schools, Islington Council
  8. Richard Taylor, Edtech Angel Investor
  9. Dr Melody Lang, CEO, Edvinca
  10. Matthew Johnson, Associate, Cooley LLP
  11. Hege Tollerud, CEO, Oslo Edtech
  12. Parents & Students

The Edtech Podcast Festival Party