Cairneagle Associates sponsor The Assignment Report’s seminar

14th February 2019
Making a difference: Maximising learning outcomes and improving workflow in schools. A half-day seminar for educational suppliers and providers of support services to UK schools

Damien Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education in England and Wales, has challenged the global technology sector to revolutionise teaching and learning in the country’s schools, colleges and universities. In particular, he called on educational companies to provide tools and software to support and ease the burden of teachers and schools in a number of critical and often troublesome areas, including:

  • Teaching practice to support access, inclusion, and improved learning outcomes for all;
  • Assessment processes, making assessment more effective and efficient;
  • Administration processes to reduce the burden of ‘non-teaching’ tasks.

This half-day seminar organised by The Assignment Report and sponsored by Cairneagle Associates, addresses each of these points in turn, through our high-level panel discussions and debates.


13:00 – 13:45 Registration and refreshments

13:45 – 14:00 Chair’s introduction and welcome: Ed Tranham – Editor, The Assignment Report

14:00 – 15:00 Panel session one

  • Data driven teaching and intervention
  • What is personalised learning and why its definition ranges widely from one school to another?
  • What kinds of data can help teachers make decisions to improve learning outcomes?
  • What kinds of data can help teachers the most?
  • Is adaptive content always beneficial or is it sometimes more important to let teachers and students decide what comes next?

Panellists include:

Georgie Hart – Education Director, Sparx

Paul Charman – Managing Director, FFT Education

Ian Taylor – National Head of Curriculum, AET

Chair: Andrea Carr – Founder, Rising Stars


15:00 – 16:00 Panel session two

  • Efficacy – Applying outcomes-focused, evidence-based design to products and services
  • What are the outcomes that matter most to teachers and schools?
  • How do you effectively design and develop existing and new products and services to help achieve those outcomes?
  • How do you demonstrate that your technology is doing what you claim it will do for schools and colleges?
  • How can you capture experiences and best practices on integrating learning technologies into teaching and learning?

Panellists include:

Ian Rowe – Business Development Director, GCSEPod

Richard Marett – CEO, Whizz Education

Kate Edwards – Senior Vice President, Efficacy & Research, Global Product, Pearson

Chair: Amanda Peck – Executive Director Marketing, Professional Group, McGraw-Hill Education

16:00 – 16:30 Refreshments

16:30 – 17:30  Panel session three

  • Reducing workload: Supporting workflow improvements in the classroom and back-office
  • Are fully integrated solutions the answer to reducing teachers’ and support staff workloads?
  • How do you avoid your solution having a negative impact on time, and consequently on teachers’ and support staff workloads?
  • How do you ensure that your solution solves an operational or workflow problem?
  • What are the interoperability and data protection implications in developing workload reducing solutions?

Panellists include:

James Browning – Head of Digital Platforms, RM Education

Josh Perry – Director, Assembly

Jon Smith – CEO, Pobble

Chair: Rupert Barclay – Managing Partner, Cairneagle Associates

17:30 – 19:00  Wine and canape networking reception supported by Cairneagle

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