LearnED Roadshow North East – Newcastle

3 February 2023

Using education technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond a one-day training conference.


9am - 3:30pm


Newcastle Racecourse
High Gosforth Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Free to delegates from schools

Using education technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond a one-day training conference.



LearnED logo with strapline saying Making Education Technology Work in Schools


Event: LearnED Roadshow North East - Newcastle
Date: Friday 3rd February 2023
Time: 9.00am-3.30pm
Venue: Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: Free to delegates from schools                                                                                                                              






About the event

Using education technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond.

LearnED Roadshow EdTech training days offer senior leaders the chance to learn from peers in your region as they share their best practice guidance and tips on using educational technology to support wellbeing, make positive impacts for both learners and teachers, and drive school-wide efficiencies. How education technology can enhance curriculum delivery, creativity, collaboration, attainment and reduce teacher workload.

In addition to keynotes from specialists in wellbeing and EdTech, these popular education technology training days for school leaders and EdTech Leads will include an interactive teacher-led panel discussion and individual school case studies focused on digital strategies and productive use of EdTech across Secondary, Primary and SEND settings.


Benefits of attending

Join LearnED Roadshow Newcastle:

  • Discover a range of exciting technology solutions and resources teachers are using to bring the curriculum to life
  • Find out how to identify and address attainment gaps with technology that can help pupils build confidence and personalise their learning needs
  • Know how to use technology to encourage collaborative learning and creativity
  • Learn how to ensure digital resilience to support wellbeing of pupils and school staff
  • Understand how other teachers create and nurture digital strategies for today's classroom
  • Be able to assess which products are right for your school and how to avoid and overcome challenges of implementation


Agenda for the day

09.00 – Arrival and registration – and BESA EdTech Suppliers Expo an opportunity to engage with BESA’s trusted member companies  

09.30 - Welcome & Introduction – BESA (the British Educational Suppliers Association) 

09.35 - Keynote 1 - EdTech in schools – ‘Getting the Digital Strategy right’ – Al Kingsley, MAT Chair and Author of ‘My Secret EdTech Diary’ 

Al will explore the positive impact of EdTech on teaching and learning, the broader strategic benefits including support of more vulnerable learners, communication with parents and the broader community and efficiencies in terms of both time and cost savings.

10.05 - Department for Education EdTech Team

10.20 – School leader discussion panel: EdTech in local schools -
Our speakers will discuss how they, as practising classroom teachers or school leaders, use EdTech to support curriculum delivery, drive creativity, collaboration, attainment and reduce workload   

11.05 – Refreshments and BESA EdTech Suppliers Expo – an opportunity to engage with BESA’s trusted member companies  

11.45 - Introduction to LendED – The EdTech lending platform (supported by the Department for Education)   

11.50 - Digital strategy showcases – hear from 3 schools who are making effective use of EdTech to enhance the quality of education, reduce workload and enhance home:school engagement 

12:50 – Presentation – BESA ‘ICT in Schools’ research 2022 in association with Naace – The EdTech Association – Key questions for schools to consider 

13.00 – Lunch, BESA EdTech Suppliers Expo and practical EdTech showcase

14.05 – ‘EdTech in Action’ Spotlight: Interactive resource session with Russell Prue -In this session, EdTech guru Russell Prue will shine a spotlight on some of the most innovative and exciting learning tools making a big impact for teachers and schools. 

14:30 - Keynote 2 - How to Develop a Resilient Approach for Whole School Wellbeing in a Digital World with Kelly Hannaghan, Mental Health and Digital Wellbeing Consultant - Kelly will explore ways to develop a healthy resilient culture in education where staff and pupils flourish. Find the balance with tools to help manage wellbeing in the digital world and explore what works to create a thriving school community where every person matters.

15.00 - CPD Certificate collection and raffle prize draw 

15.15 - Farewell and end 


Included in the free ticket is: 

  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • A live classroom to see a range of pedagogical approaches in action to help you focus on the ‘how’, as well as the ‘what’
  • Exhibitors from BESA's trusted member community showcasing a range of EdTech solutions and 8 hours of talks showcasing how technology can improve outcomes for learners
  • Teacher training workshops with a ‘BESA-accredited training’ certificate for every attendee
  • A goodie bag with exclusive offers and gifts
  • FREE entry to the raffle to win a prize on the day!
  • …and of course, a whole day of high-quality CPD to help support positive outcomes for learners in your school!



Kelly HannaghanKelly Hannaghan, Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant, Mind Work Matters Ltd
Kelly is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant and the Director of her business Mind Work Matters Ltd. Kelly puts wellbeing and safeguarding at the heart of education.  She is an award-winning motivational speaker and school improvement advisor, published author and founder of ‘Family Matters’ empowerment programme. Kelly has worked systemically throughout her experiences in working as a Senior Mental Health Lead and Designated Safeguarding Lead with some of the most challenging  communities, by supporting families and pastoral staff, with preventative and early help measures in education. Kelly develops the strategies to help people thrive from adversities. She is currently leading on the DFE Wellbeing for Education Return project and leads on school development processes creating outstanding outcomes and awards for many organisations. Recognised by the DfE, NCB, The Anna Freud Centre and The Education Support Partnership as a lead influencer of mental health and wellbeing in education.


Al KingsleyAl Kingsley, Author of My Secret EdTech Diary, Presenter of the Check it Out Show podcast, MAT Chair
Al Kingsley has over 30 years’ experience in the technology sector predominantly with his work on IT Asset Management, educational and Instructional technology and digital safeguarding.  Al has been a school governor for the last 15 years and is currently Chair of Hampton Academies Trust in Peterborough.  Al writes for a range of international titles on all aspects of education, with a particular focus on Digital Strategy, the use of EdTech, Blended Learning, Safeguarding and broader strategic planning.  He is the author of My Secret EdTech Diary and presenter of the Check it Out Show podcast



Image of Russell Prue, a white man with a bald head wearing black framed glasses, with a dark suit, white shirt and red bowtie, holding a smart phone.Russell Prue - Broadcaster, Author and Educator
Russell Prue is a well-known character in the Edtech World, he’s an Educator and published author. Russell regularly hosts live shows for colleagues and young people on his broadcasting platform LearnRadio.Net. He’s been a major part of the Mental Health & Wellbeing movement in Cardiff with his live broadcasts that accompany the shows. Russell was one of the EdTech 2020 Yearbook’s top 50 people to follow in this sector and enjoys a high profile as an opinion leader. Russell was a fundamental contributor to the National Lottery Funded Headstart programme in Wolverhampton in 2014. He produced a series of live radio shows with young people to address anxiety and mental health. The research included teaching radio production skills to 8 to 14 year-olds to develop their resilience and coping strategies. During lockdown and throughout the Pandemic Russell has been working with colleagues to produce regular live educational shows for children and young people at home and at school, including a series on Creativity, Reading, Crafting and Mental Health & Wellbeing. From the first day that Schools partially closed in March 2020, Russell had a live learning show with Pie Corbett and friends that generated a listening audience of over 1.2m young folks. His broadcasts this year have included working with Yoga Nidra coach Lesley Collinson who is a Primary Teacher who has introduced the art of Yoga breathing to young people as a way of controlling stress and anxiety. Russell also designs and builds radio stations for schools.


More speaker information coming soon for panel-discussion and digital strategy showcases. 


Who should attend
The event is designed for headteachers, deputy headteachers, senior leaders, and EdTech leads in primary schools, secondary schools and MATs.


Tickets are free to delegates from schools (staff and governors)