Heading to Bett 2017?

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Popular: The Bett Arena at the 2016 show was one of the busiest attractions and hosted the keynote presentations (Image: Jack Terry Photography)

For primary school leaders heading to Bett 2017, there will be the usual School Leaders Summit presentations, a dedicated primary CPD arena and an exhibition of more than 600 companies, charities and other educational organisations

The Bett Show returns to ExCeL London from January 25 to 28 and will once again offer a specific leadership seminar programme as well as a range of primary CPD and the usual exhibition featuring 600-plus technology, STEM and other education-related companies and organisations. We preview some of the leadership and primary teaching CPD sessions.

School Leaders Summit

The School Leaders Summit takes place alongside Bett across the first three days of the show. It has been expanded for 2017 to incorporate two separate streams of seminars. Stream 1 is focused on challenges, innovation and “future-gazing”, aiming to debate some of the biggest challenges facing senior leaders, while Stream 2 looks at the practical and business challenges of leadership in education – particularly relevant for school business managers. Highlights this year include:

Stream 1

  • What leadership means to me, with Hanan Al Hroub, Global Teacher Prize 2016 finalist (12pm, Wednesday, January 25).
  • Why teaching needs its dignity back, with Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching (3pm, Wednesday, January 25).
  • The 25 characteristics of high-performing schools: a school-led improvement system, with Chris Smith, head of education services, EES for Schools (12pm, Thursday, January 26)
  • Challenging underperformance: what to look out for, with David Carter, national schools commissioner (2:30pm, Friday, January 27).

Stream 2

  • The big question – what is the financial outlook for schools in the next three years? (10:45am, Wednesday, January 25).
  • Essential skills for school business managers (1pm, Wednesday, January 25).
  • Does technology reduce or increase the attainment gap? Debate to feature Alison Kriel, headteacher, Northwold Primary School, Danny Kinahan MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education, Peter Henderson, research officer, Education Endowment Foundation (12:30pm, Thursday, January 26).
  • How to embrace PR and social media to promote your school to new students and parents (1:30pm, Friday, January 27).
  • Leadership succession planning – is it even possible? Chaired by James Toop, CEO of Ambition School Leadership (2pm, Friday, January 27).

Learn Live CPD

The “Learn Live” Primary Arena returns to Bett for 2017, hosting a number of teachers who are keen to share their advice, ideas and enthusiasm – all talking from their own experiences.

Wednesday, January 25

  • Marvellous mistakes: An international project where schools are collaborating with one another using technology and other resources to set “growth mindset” challenges. Through these tools, the children complete the tasks and share their thoughts online (Patrick Carroll, key stage 2 and ICT coordinator at Shaw Wood Academy, at 10:30am).
  • Using digital badges as an assessment system in primary computing: Gain an insight into an investigation using technology to enhance assessment of the curriculum beyond maths and English. The session will explain and evaluate findings from a project using MakeWaves to create digital badges to track and assess pupil progress (Thomas Golightly, reception teacher and computing coordinator, Southmead Primary School, at 11am).
  • Wall-to-wall learning – developing collaboration and showcasing student digital creations: This session outlines how schools can use education technology to liberate the digital creations of students and showcase them on a day-to-day basis (David Whyley, CEO, learning technologies consultant, at 12pm).

Thursday, January 26

  • Keeping children safe online: A presentation by the new Ofsted national ICT lead and UK Safer Internet Centre, highlighting how Ofsted inspects schools on how they keep children safe online given the new revisions to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance (David Wright, director at UK Safer Internet Centre, SWGfL, at 10:30am).
  • Student-centred learning: Teachers attending this session will get a better idea of how they can combine quality teaching with quality technology, and software with hardware, to hand over control of learning to the children. This presents an opportunity to share first-hand pedagogy for outstanding learning (Stella McCarthy, assistant headteacher, Benhurst Primary School, at 4:30pm).

Friday, January 27

  • The Game Maker’s Toolkit – Independent, personalised programming: Curriculum Innovation shares its Game Maker’s Toolkit and examples of how it has been used. This online resource allows children to design their own personalised arcade-style games using Scratch and key computational thinking approaches and concepts (Tim Bleazard, curriculum innovation consultant, Naace, at 1:30pm).
  • The parent trap – using technology to get home-school communications right: Assessment innovator and DfE grant award winner, Sam Hunter, will discuss the important role of technology in developing good relationships with families and how this is crucial for supporting pupils’ learning (Sam Hunter, headteacher, Hiltingbury Junior School, at 3pm).

Saturday, January 28

  • Cross-curricular computing: Having worked to develop mastery applying computing across the curriculum, Mark Boylan will offer examples of how to apply computing to other areas of the curriculum (Mark Boylan, computing subject leader, West Leigh Junior School, at 10:30am).
  • Bringing the curriculum to life: Discover simple, yet effective resources that use technology to make your curriculum interactive, inclusive and inspiring. Ideas that you can take away and use immediately with your class (Martin Bailey, digital enrichment leader, Lanchester Primary School, at 2:15pm).

Further information

For the full Learn Live Primary programme and to register for your free ticket to the show, visit www.bettshow.com and follow @Bett_Show on Twitter for the latest news.

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