Naace Strategic Conference 2015 – sign-up now…

The Naace Strategic Conference 2015 is THE event for the Naace community to contribute to our mission of advancing education through the use of technology.

The Naace Strategic Conference 2015 will return to the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on 25 and 26 March. The two day event will be jam-packed with inspiring keynote speakers, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and the prestigious Naace Impact Award ceremony. There will be plenty of opportunities to network, browse the innovation-packed exhibition as well as meet and share ideas with like-minded colleagues at NaaceShare.

The theme of the conference this year is Failing to Succeed – we all learn by our mistakes, and this year’s conference will showcase highly successful individuals who have overcome failure to succeed in their profession.

We are all aware of the positive impact that technology can have on learning, and the Naace conference will share experiences of how technology has been used in various ways. It will provide you with useful tips and ideas to take away as well as motivate and encourage you to try something new. To find out more and to book your place visit Naace Strategic Conference 2015.


Failing to Succeed: Naace Conference 2015

On 25th – 26th March 2015, the Naace Conference will focus on highly successful individuals who have overcome failure to succeed in their profession with technology playing a major role in their journey.

 Everyone experiences failure and there is value in failing, as each failure provides a lesson, from which you can draw knowledge to help you succeed. We are all aware of the positive impact that technology can have on learning and the Naace conference will provide you with lots of useful tips and ideas to take away as well as motivate you to try something new.

The two day event will be jam packed with inspiring keynotes, breakout sessions, NaaceShare and the prestigious Naace Impact Awards. There will also be plenty of time to browse the exhibition and network with colleagues.

 This is the conference to attend if you are passionate about advancing education through technology!

Click here for more details & to book your place online

RiskIT – a new tech-based tool to enhance teaching and learning

Developed by Naace member, Mr Benjeddi, RiskIT is a fantastic opportunity to encourage ALL the teachers in your school to try out a new tech-based tool to enhance teaching and learning, whatever subject they are teaching. RiskIT is a campaign that can be adopted in and adapted for your own setting so that teachers are empowered, encouraged and supported in trying something different. It may be a different tech tool, or using a tool they are already familiar with in a different way. RISKingIT is a commitment to continuing professional development and advancing education, whatever the subject area, through the appropriate and effective use of technology.

As part of Naace’s 30th anniversary celebrations, in 2014 we are running a special, extended RiskIT campaign – 30 days of Risking IT for 30 years of Naace. The campaign will take place from 3 November to 2 December 2014.

How can I take part?

Schools who wish to participate are requested to register here. Subsequently, they’ll be contacted and asked to log their progress (case studies). Authors of the best entries will be invited to present their projects during the Naace Conference 2015 and there may even be some prizes for the best run project…

For more details please click here or contact

Many thanks to Naace member Mr Benjeddi for letting us include RiskIT in this year’s celebrations.

UK gets new computing curriculum advice body

Architects of ‘computing’ for English schools extend reach with UK-wide curriculum outfit

Chair of UKForCE Chris Mairs

The UK has a new body to provide curriculum advice, qualifications and assessment on computing education. The UK Forum for Computing Education (UKForCE) has been set up by The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), which co-authored the new computing curriculum for English schools with the British Computer Society (BCS) for the Department for Education (DfE).

The UKForCE says it will also supply and train computing teachers, but its relationship with the DfE or other UK governments on this is unclear – it is an independent organisation.

The RAEng has set up the new forum to fulfil a recommendation in the report it co-produced with the Royal Society, Shutdown or restart: the way forward for UK schools. This called for the formation of “a lasting UK Forum for joint working and co-ordination between the many computing bodies”. Its purpose is to help implement the recommendations of Shutdown or restart and regularly report back on progress. One of its intended roles is to advise awarding bodies on “appropriate assessment methods for qualifications in digital literacy, information technology and computer science”.

‘Improving computing education across all education sectors of the UK’

UKForCE says it aims to “bring together representatives from across the communities of education, computer science, digital media, IT, engineering and telecommunications”. The press release announcing the venture also said it “will be independent of government and awarding organisations and will work towards improving computing education across all education sectors of the UK”.

Royal Academy of Engineering

“The new computing curriculum, which comes into effect in September 2014, is a most welcome step change in computing education,” says the chair of the new organisation, Chris Mairs, who is the chief scientist at Metaswitch Networks. “There are many amazing initiatives springing up to build upon this bold move both inside and outside the classroom.

“UKForCE will be the connective tissue between all these initiatives, central government and other relevant bodies. With a coherent voice and government commitment, our children will be the world’s most savvy digital citizens and a tremendous asset to the UK economy.

“As well as providing a springboard for great software engineers and computing specialists, effective delivery of the new curriculum can literally improve the life chances of an entire generation. UKForCE will help make this happen.”

‘We may soon see another Alan Turing emerging from our schools’

Simon Peyton Jones

One of the authors of the new curriculum and chair of Computing at School is Microsoft’s principal researcher Simon Peyton Jones. A passionate supporter of computer science, he hopes that “we may soon see another Alan Turing emerging from our schools”. He added, “We need to generate the same enthusiasm for computing that the BBC Micro brought about in the 80s and that got so many people into programming and brought the UK to the forefront of computer science.”

However, there are those who feel the computing curriculum for English schools has too strong a focus on computer science and programming, and that the same people who steered that through will also effectively control the new organisation. Observers will be looking for educators and known experts in teacher and learniing, rather than a controlling group of computer scientists on the board (see below).

‘We must ensure that young people of all abilities have opportunities to learn’

One UKForCE steering committee member who is an advocate for the wider understanding of   computing education is Bob Harrison. A Toshiba education advisor who also chairs the computing expert group set up by the DfE, he said: “Computing, in all its incarnations, is today one of the pillars of business and society; whether it’s digital literacy and basic software use, management of data and networks or advanced coding. We must ensure that young people of all abilities across the UK have opportunities to learn and be inspired by all aspects of computing education in schools.

“For UK businesses to flourish and for the UK to be an IT innovation leader not a follower, we need a fundamental change in the way that computing is taught in schools. Through UKForCE, we want to make sure the delivery of computing education in UK schools does not become mechanical and uninspiring, causing pupils to shun the subject when they move into work or choosing further education.”

Naace has welcomed the new body (it has two members – Mark Chambers and Bob Harrison – on the board) and says it is pleased by the wilingness to include messages of balance “not only in the curriculum”. Mark Chambers commented: The importance of computing in its widest sense to the UK  economy cannot be understated; it is imperative that we achieve  identification with this from the wider UK community and that learners  are offered a real and a relevant experience of computing throughout  their schooling.”

Could you lead an Expert Slot on the Naace stand at Bett 2014?

Naace are continually looking for ways to offer their members new opportunites. One of the ways they are doing this is to offer members the opportunity to host a drop in session on the Naace stand at Bett 2014, where they can meet with others and share knowledge and expertise on one of the hot topics listed below!

  • BYOD
  • Procurement
  • Curriculum
  • e-Safety
  • How to be Outstanding in Learning
  • Social Media
  • Qualifications and Assessment

Members need to simply send in a proposal for the topic they wish to cover by December 6 and they will notify you by December 16 as to whether you have successful or not.

These slots are not offered as a space for individuals to purely promote their organisations / consultancy – but aim to provide a session where people can drop in and hear an expert view on the topic along with some guidance and advice.  A timetable of sessions will be marketed to members and wider marketing avenues, and you would also be encouraged to send your slot times / details to your contacts.

The form to submit a proposal can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE you must complete a separate form for each topic you wish to put a proposal in for and you must be a fully paid member when Bett 2014 takes place.

Pool of Experts

Members who are successful in their application for the Expert Slot at BETT, will be added to the Naace Pool of Experts, which they are planning to make available to schools contacting us with various queries.

Naace Experts will be able to help them manage the Naace School Helpdesk – an independent support hub for schools seeking help and advice on a variety of topics.
If you would like to be part of the Helpdesk scheme as soon as it is made available to schools, make sure that you apply for one of our BETT expert slots!

If you have any questions, please contact

Computing in the National Curriculum – a Guide for Primary Teachers

The new national curriculum, due to launch in September 2014, includes a brand-new programme of study for computing (previously called ICT).

Computing at School and NAACE, with the support of the Department for Education and the involvement of the Hsis Computing and ICT Team, have produced a guide to help your school deliver the new computing curriculum with confidence and enthusiasm.

The guide has been written to explain the aims and content of the programme of study in more detail, and to give school leaders expert guidance on what is expected and how best to plan for implementation of the curriculum from September 2014.

Download a free digital version of the guide and share with colleagues.

Naace Impact Awards 2014

There are just three weeks to go until the entry deadline for the Naace Impact Awards 2014. Entries have been streaming in from colleagues wishing to nominate their peers to recognise their dedication and achievements.

The Naace impact awards are to recognise the impact of technology on learning across and beyond the school curriculum.  They will be awarded to the practitioners who best demonstrate the impact of technology has had on learner outcomes.

The Naace Impact Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise your colleagues’ work through this prestigious national award presented at the Naace Strategic Conference 2014.

Click here to Nominate today.

Please note, the deadline for submissions is Monday 2 December 2013.

Mawney Foundation School awarded prestigious ICT Mark by Naace

Children at Mawney Foundation School in Romford are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work, and that’s official!

Following an extensive external assessment Mawney Foundation School has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark by Naace, which recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. Parents will have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

Mawney ICT Mark

Mawney Headteacher Mr Craige Brown and pupils celebrate the ICT Mark Award

Amanda Jackson, Inspector Standards and Effectiveness – ICT for Havering School Improvement Services said, “Havering School Improvement Services is determined that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future.  Mawney Foundation School should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement.  This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in local schools.”

Naace commented that, “Mawney Foundation School thoroughly deserves the accolade of an ICT Mark accreditation. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a whole school approach to using ICT in schools.  We look forward to working with them to demonstrate how ICT can have a substantial impact on learner outcomes in the future.”

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Naace Regional Conference 2013 The new national curriculum: Preparation for life?

At a time when the best schools are making more use of technology than ever before, these conferences will explore the strategic role of technology to improve learning within the new curriculum. What are the opportunities and constraints in a back to basics curriculum? How can we identify key methods for technology to radically improve learning?

The first one is taking place in London on Wednesday 23rd October at the Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College.

Please see  Naace Regional Conference London Agenda for further details of the day.

For more information and to book your place, please visit or telephone 0115 7484 366.

The new national curriculum: Preparation for life?

At a time when the best schools are making more use of technology than ever before, these conferences will explore the strategic role of technology to improve learning within the new curriculum.

What are the opportunities and constraints in a back to basics curriculum?

How can we identify key methods for technology to radically improve learning?

We will obtain views and guidance within three strands; policy, practice and research.

In the policy strand we will explore what policy is trying to achieve, and how technology might contribute to this. In the practice strand we will obtain the reactions of influential school leaders with regard to their current deployment of technology , and how they may modify this for the new curriculum. In the research strand we will again hear how changes might impact on learning and the role of technology.

Each of the three strands will have three short keynotes followed by a question and answer panel.

Dates and locations:

London: Wednesday 23 October 2013
Nottingham: Thursday 7 Novmeber 2013
Bury: Friday 15 November 2013

Costs to attend:

Naace Member: £100 + vat
Non – member £140 + vat*

*12 months Naace membership is included in the price of the non-member rate.  This rate is only available to people who don’t have an active Naace account. Membership will commence from the start of your chosen conference and once payment has been received. 

Book your place here.