NEN Conference 2017 Cardiff 10th-12th october

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Key Themes for the Conference:  Value for money  Enhancing teaching and learning  Security for users  Safeguarding young people 

Day 1: Effective practice across the UK: Different Regions of the UK will show what they are doing to tackle these themes and bring added value to users. This will be a chance to see and learn from what is going on in other regions, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Day 2: Delivering value for the schools and the wider public sector: This will highlight key issues from the perspective of schools, MATs, LAs and industry, highlighting key challenges going forward and how being part of NEN can help tackle these. 

Key topics within each theme: Value for money: Within this theme we will look at the benefits of moving to Cloud services, how best to adopt them, what services are available and opportunities for aggregation and cost reduction through NEN and partners, including leveraging national procurement opportunities. This will be looked at from perspective of key challenges for schools, MATs and other customers, with examples drawn from each UK region and with industry looking at future trends. The aim will be to demonstrate how NEN services can help users to gain best value from services now and into the future. 

Enhancing teaching and learning: This theme will consider strategies being applied in each region to enhance teaching and learning through the use of ICT. It will include consideration of the challenges faced and solutions developed in each region, along with examples of effective content and services, including access to resources, and opportunities for an NEN Cloud to provide apps and digital resources.

Security for users: Within this theme we will include the business critical security inherent in NEN infrastructure and systems along with consideration of Information and personal security issues. This will include consideration of the requirements being placed on schools and others in relation to storage and use of personal data, together with industry developments and a review of approaches being taken in different regions to support schools and enhance security. 

Safeguarding young people: This theme will demonstrate how NEN Members from across the UK are a critical component for keeping children safe on-line. It will include an understanding of different strategies from across the UK and a review of service provision and guidance on all aspects of online safety. There will be a forward look at key issues that will need to be tackled in the coming years and how NEN Members and industry partners can work with schools and other agencies to protect children. 

Audience and Objectives: Day 1: The primary audience is NEN members from across the UK. Presentation will include contributions from teams in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Presentations and discussion will focus on the key conference themes to help participants to learn from effective practice being pioneered in different parts of the UK. The objective is to help participants adapt and apply appropriate strategies in their own contexts. 

Day 2: The primary audience will be schools, Multi Academy Trusts and LAs, along with commercial partners and prospective new members. Presentations will be by RBCs, LAs, Schools, MATs and industry partners on issues and approaches to key conference themes. The objective will be to highlight current and future issues and consider what NEN members are doing to tackle these issues along with the benefits of membership and partnership with RBCs. Why attend? If you are a member of a school, MAT or local authority you will have opportunity to:  influence the thinking of those involved in making decisions that affect education across all UK regions.  help us shape the services you need for your LA, School or Academy.  find out about the innovative new IT developments that are impacting society and learn how you could apply these to best effect in teaching and learning.  discover how others are tackling the difficult, and constantly changing, issues faced every day to keep children safe online.  Learn from others about effective use of online services and resources to engage young people in learning, including encouraging more girls to see IT as a viable and interesting career path. 

NB: The primary target audience for each day does not preclude others from attending. 

Outline Agenda and timetable Keynote presentations followed by discussions (in plenary): 

Day 1: Theme: Delivering effective practice across the UK.

8.30 – 9.20 Registration 9.20 – 9.30: Welcome and Introduction

9.30 – 10.00: Chris Owen (Head of Digital Learning Unit, Welsh Government) & Welsh Government Digital Pioneer School (Speaker to be confirmed): Delivering Digital Learning in Wales (including the Digital Competence Framework)

10.00 -10.30: Dean Rust (Public Sector Broadband Aggregation -PSBA - Service Assurance & Development Manager) Delivering connectivity to schools and developing centralised services 

10.30 – 11.00: Russell Cockburn (Scottish Government): Including Digital Learning and Teaching in Scotland; Glow Programme.

11.00 – 11.20: Break: Coffee and biscuits

11.20 – 11.50: C2K Speaker: The key challenges for digital learning in Northern Ireland.

11.50 – 12.30: Q&A with panel of morning speakers. 

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch and networking 

1.30 – 2.15: Keeping young people safe online: Alan Earl, Avon and Somerset Police, Internet Child Abuse Team (seconded to SWGfL); David Wright - UK Safer Internet Centre

2.15 – 2.35 Delivering secure services: The Birmingham Monitoring Service: Bren Taylor

2.35 – 3.15 Supporting effective teaching and learning including Women in Computing resources: Bob Usher and Kathy Olsson

3.15 – 3.35 Break: Coffee and biscuits

3.35 – 4.00 Panel discussion with speakers

4.00 – 4.45 NEN “Teach Meet”: Chaired by Bob Usher and Mark Bentley: 3-5 minute round ups of developments across the UK.

4.45 – 5.00 Actions and commitments from day and close

6.30 – 7.30 Evening Reception and Exhibition: including VR demonstration.

7.30 – 10.00: Conference Dinner 

Day 2: 12 October: Theme: Future Innovation: The strengths of the NEN/RBC networks and benefits to schools and public sector

8.45 – 9.00 Registration for Day 2

9.00 – 9.15: Review of Day 1, Welcome and introductions

9.15-9.45: Jonathan Lewis, Academies Regional Delivery Group, School Commissioners Office, DfE: Key issues for schools, Academies and MATs, and how RBCs can contribute to tackling them.

9.45–10.30: Mark Jackson (CISCO): Security of Cloud services in education: Future considerations

10.30-11.00: NEN Cloud services – John Jackson (CEO LGfL): What benefits it brings to schools and wider public sector. How it can be exploited

11.00-11.20: Break and networking

11.20-11.50: Jisc speaker (to be confirmed): The NEN interconnect with JANET: what value does it bring to education and wider public sector.

11.50-12.30: Panel discussion with conference speakers chaired by Paul Hancock: Cloud services: what do they offer Grids and schools? What are the implications of moving to cloud services?

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch and networking

1.30- 2.00: Phil Birchinall (Computeam): Augmented (AR) and Virtual (VR) Reality: What impact on education and consequences for NEN Services.

2.00-2.45: Welsh Digital Learning Award winners (speakers to be confirmed)

2.45-3.30: Panel Discussion: Future technologies: how can schools and other organisations exploit the potential and what does this mean for NEN services.

3.30 -4.00 Actions and commitments from day and close