The EdTech Summit Launches at the NEC in Birmingham

A new education technology event has been launched to help primary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities to optimise their digital strategies, implement new technologies and drive efficiencies in the classroom and the back office. The event will enable education technologists, senior industry leaders and pioneering speakers to come together to discuss how to bridge the gap between education and technology.

The EdTech Summit – to be held at the NEC in Birmingham on the 18th and 19th November – will be run alongside the bi-annual Schools & Academies Show, the UK’s largest education policy event organised by GovNet. It will bring together thousands of education practitioners and leaders, more than 50 education technology suppliers, 100 high-level speakers and include numerous features, such as the Main Stage, Insights Theatre and Workshop Area.

In light of recent School, University and College closures and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more critical time to ensure the successful implementation and accessibility of EdTech for all learners and educators. As such, the Summit is designed to encourage discussion for all professionals involved in their organisation’s digital journey, provide advice, share experience and promote best-practice.

To ensure the content provided is practical and meets audience learning objectives, the show’s agenda has been led by a steering committee of recognised leaders in the sector: 

  • Bukky Yusuf,Senior Leader, Edith Kay School 
  • Dr Michael Flavin, Senior Lecturer in Global Education, The Principal’s Office, King’s College London
  • Faye Saadieh, Policy and Communications Advisory, EdTech Delivery Unit, Department for Education
  • Ian Myatt, Director of Insight, Channels & Educational Enterprise, University of Birmingham
  • Jen Halmshaw, EdTech Delivery Unit, Department for Education 
  • Michael Forshaw,Found & CEO, EdTech Impact, Founder & CEO, Innovate My School 
  • Toby Baker, Programme Manager, Nesta
  • Vikki Liogier, National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, Education and Training Foundation

Upon launching the Summit, Chris Callaghan, Event Director, EdTech Summit stated, “We feel that there is currently no other event in the UK that hosts this type of high-level, strategic discussion about the end-to-end process of specifying, procuring and then implementing EdTech. As such, we are excited to be working with respected practitioners and organisations across all education levels to bring this event to life and provide the community with a place to meet, network and discuss the successes and challenges of creating and implementing digital strategies.” 

Vikki Liogier, National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, Education and Training Foundation and Steering Committee Member stated, “We are delighted to join forces with GovNet, the EdTech Delivery Unit at the DfE and partners to be part of the committee that will steer a November EdTech Summit event, with the aim of bringing educators together to serve all the sectors of education.” 

“Technologies have the ability to remove many of the physical barriers for teaching and learning. Learning providers across the education spectrum have had to adopt a new working normal since March with many staff moving teaching online at remarkable speed. But the technology itself does not always ensure a quality learning experience, nor can staff be expected to know automatically how to adopt the technology to best effect without experience and training. It has been heart-warming to witness how teachers and trainers have come together virtually to support one another and share their redefined practices and reconstructed learning spaces.” 

For more information about the EdTech Summit and how to get involved, please visit the official website – 

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