Keri McWilliams

Join us at the Schools and Academies Show 2019

If you’re planning on attending the Schools and Academies Show this year and want to learn more about Texthelp or our products, here is a helpful guide to all of the Texthelp activities taking place during the show - including our recommended sessions. 

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We’re well into the school year, and our texthelpers are already busy bees attending and exhibiting at a number of major shows. 

“Where are we headed next?”, you may ask. Well, we’re all super excited to be going to the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham on the 14th - 15th November 2019. Will you be there? 

Visit Stand B17

Feel free to stop by the stand during the below Exhibit Hall hours to chat with the team, get a live demo of our products, or learn what's coming next!


The products we’ll be featuring at the stand this year include: 
  • Read&Write, one of the world’s most popular literacy and learning support solutions, which now has over 22 MILLION users worldwide (BETT 2020 Award Finalist - in International Digital Educational Resource category)
  • WriQ®, our writing assessment tool that is setting standards for writing and is already making its mark with industry awards (winning Tech & Learning’s ISTE Best of Show 2019 and becoming a BETT 2020 Award Finalist - in the Classroom Aids for Learning, Teaching and Assessment category)
  • Our digital maths solution - EquatIO®, has passed 3 million users (BETT 2019 Award Finalist in Whole School Aids for Learning,Teaching and Assessment category)
Stop by the stand for more info to learn more about these groundbreaking tools! 

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday 13th November: 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 14th November: 9am - 4.30pm

Improving Student Writing School-Wide with Technology

If you’re intrigued about how automated assessment can make your life just that little bit easier in the classroom (and at home), join us for our session in the Technology and Educational Resources Theatre at 10.40 - 11.10 on day 2 (14th November). 

Our very own texthelper, Paddy McGrath will discuss: 
  • How technology and ‘machine learning’ can improve student writing levels
  • How digital marking can reduce teacher workload and limit subjectivity
  • How technology can help teachers and leadership assess, track and monitor progression academy-wide

Other recommended Sessions 

Several friends of Texthelp are presenting this year. Though there are so many great sessions to choose from, here are a handful of our recommendations:

DAY 1 - NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Developing the ‘Curious Learner’ Through a Technology-Enabled Curriculum
Kirsty Grundy, Andrew Collins, Shireland Collegiate Academy trust
Technology and educational resources theatre  - 10.40 - 11.10
  • Developing the vision and template for a technology primary school
  • How to balance skills and knowledge to deliver a curriculum that provides both breadth and depth; Intent and Implementation to get Impact
  • Developing the digital skills of the next generation through our digital framework

Spotlight on: TECHNOLOGY – What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Mean for Schools?
Vinous Ali, Aftab Hussain, Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, Nancy Wilkinson
Main stage - 11:00am
  • How well is Britain’s education system prepared for the forthcoming 4IR?
  • What are tech giants doing to revolutionise the way we learn?
  • Implications for education of the developments in artificial intelligence (AI)
  • How best to prepare young people to take advantage of future opportunities by examining the suitability of the school curriculum
  • The role of lifelong learning and how best to help people climb the ladder of opportunity in the future

Panel Discussion: How Can We Empower More Women to be EdTech Leaders?
Bukky Yusef, Jules Daulby, Neelam Parmar, Kirsty Grundy
Technology and educational resources theatre - 15.00 - 15.30
  • Ensuring every school leader is a leader of EdTech and innovation
  • Highlighting the importance of mentoring and networks such as WomenED
  • Diversity guidance – what is there available?
  • What is the risk of not promoting women leaders?

DAY 2 - NOVEMBER 14, 2019 

Transforming the Learning Experience with ‘Future-proof’ Tech
James Leonard, Rachel Dunne
Main stage - 11.00 - 11.20 
  • Learn how all schools can transform learning experiences and create forward-thinking digital strategies, no matter their budget
  • Enable students to succeed in a connected world and develop 21st century skills like problem-solving, team work, communication and creativity
  • A look at how Coombe Hill Junior School has boosted lesson participation in a time of significant funding issues.

Case Study: Developing Excellent Schools as Part of a MAT
Debbie Clinton, Amy Bills
MAT Summit - 15.40 - 16.00
  • Serving communities in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the country
  • Overcoming challenges of geography
  • Building capacity in your network to support school improvement and expansion

Realising the Potential of Technology in Education
Jen Halmshaw, Dept for Education
Technology and educational resources theatre - 12.20 - 12.50
  • The barriers to adopting technology and the initiatives from the Department to help address these
  • Our testbed programme, to help identify and evaluate some of the best tech products to help your school and how to get involved
  • Plans for the creation of a new network of leading tech schools – supporting and advising others on their tech journey

Spotlight on: TECHNOLOGY – The Role of Technology in Improving Social Mobility
Andy Mellor, David Brown, John Cope, Nancy Wilkinson
Main stage - 13.40 - 14.20
  • EdTech and its impact in the classroom: what does it mean for social mobility?
  • Examining how best to prepare young people for future opportunities brought about by technological change and ensure lifelong learning
  • Training the digital natives: what skills will our young people need for the future, and how can schools teach them?
  • The involvement of employers in teaching and learning

Case Study: Centralised IT Provision within a MAT – Support, Staffing and Centralisation
Andrew Walls, Deepika Soni, Sidney Stringer Academy Trust
Technology and education resources theatre 14.20  - 14.50
  • Building a centralised WAN so that you can run your MAT IT as if it is a single school
  • Cost efficiencies and performance gains from pursuing a centralised MAT IT model
  • Centralising staffing structures to provide clear leadership and the best service quality
  • Implementing more progressive IT elements, such as G Suite and Cloud Technology, while retaining a familiar environment that makes the transition to the cloud and remote technologies easier for staff

Literacy and Communication: Helping Pupils Find their Voice
Nicholas Bailey
School improvement summit - 10.10 - 10.30 
  • Highlighting barriers to effective communication
  • How to adapt teaching to address the specific needs of each learner
  • Ensuring all children are confident communicators
  • Raising whole-school literacy and wellbeing

Data: How Future-Proof is your Organisation? (Sponsored by Capita)
James Pope
School improvement summit - 10.50 - 11.10
  • How to develop impactful data informed strategies for nurturing long term student independence, agency and learning outcomes
  • Using your data meaningfully to engage learners and embed a long lasting learning culture
  • How to partner with parents to improve learner engagement

Is Government tackling the disadvantage gap? 
Jon Andrews 
School Improvement Summit - 12.50 - 13.20
  • What are the latest trends in the attainment gap at national and local level?
  • Is funding being directed where it is needed most?
  • Are free schools having an impact?

Promoting Inclusion across a MAT
Helena Brothwell
SEND THEATRE - 11.30-11.50 
  • How can wave 1 interventions in the classroom be standardised across a MAT, ensuring that our most vulnerable students can access the curriculum?
  • When does consistent practice become a super power for unlocking potential for children with SEND or who are PP?
  • What do your leaders in schools need to be asked to ensure that they are fulfilling their brief in supporting our most vulnerable pupils?

Identifying Children and Young People with EAL and SEN
Terri Cawser
SEND THEATRE - 15.00 - 15.30
  • Key issues for schools when identifying and supporting children and young people with EAL who may also have SEN
  • Clarifying misconceptions that can lead to misidentification of a learning need
  • Establishing processes for accurate identification of need


Do you have any other sessions you're excited about attending? If so, share them in the comments below. And we look forward to seeing you at Stand B17 very soon!


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