Microsoft at the Naace Strategic Conference: 25th-26th March 2015

Naace conference

This week Microsoft Education UK will be heading to the midlands to exhibit at the Naace Strategic Conference, joining other prominent members of the education community to promote learning with technology in a connected world. Teachers and school leaders will have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers addressing the major changes happening in education, network with like-minded people working in other schools, and explore how to overcome the challenges of computing across the curriculum, flipping learning, use of pupils’ own devices, E-safety and much, much more.

The Naace Strategic Conference is being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, 25th-26th March 2015

You can find Microsoft at the Naace Conference on Stand 23, where Graham Fox and Michael Jones will be on hand to show you a number of devices, demo educational apps, and talk to you, among other things, about how Office 365 is allowing for unlimited collaboration between students and teachers up and down the country through Office Pro Plus Benefit.

:: If your school is eligible, your students and staff can download Office now for free – check eligibility ::



Keynote Session – Project Based Learning

As well as the visiting the Microsoft stand, you can also attend our keynote session between 12:00 and 13:00 on Wednesday 25th March. This will be looking at Project Based Learning in the context of our partnership with BBC Earth, and the Enchanted Kingdom nature film directed by BAFTA winner Neil Nightingale. There is an accompanying educational eBook based on the Enchanted Kingdom, full of project based learning suggestions, and a series of videos documenting how Broadclyst Community Primary School went about completing the tasks.

Breakout Sessions with MIEEs

In addition to the keynote, you’ll also have opportunity to hear from two of our Expert Educators who have very kindly given up some of their time to host the following breakout sessions:

Wednesday 1400-1430: 'Minecraft in Education: Inspiring the Next Generation of Developers'
- Ray Chambers, Head of IT, Uppingham Community College

Thursday 1330-1400: 'Making Learning Better through Technology: The Vision, The Technology, The Journey so far...'
- Tom Rees, Headteacher at Simon De Senlis School

Naace Awards

Finally we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the fantastic work of the team at Sandymoor School, in particular the head teacher Andrew Howard who has been shortlisted for the Naace Leadership Impact Award. This award highlights the importance of effective leadership and its impact by recognising an individual or team who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership. Just making it to the shortlist is a fantastic achievement in its own right, and as a Microsoft Showcase School this is a ringing endorsement for the way Sandymoor approaches technology in education.  We hope you’ll join us in wishing Andrew all the best for the final round awards.

Andrew Howard


If you are involved in education technology or are interested in the role of technology in improving and transforming learning and teaching, then join us for what will prove to be an inspiring and energising experience this week at the conference. For full details of all the other keynote speakers and breakout sessions, please refer to the Naace Strategic Conference 2015 Programme.

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