National Conference Report 2017 - Governance in the Digital Age

Aims of the conference

  • A better understanding of the Digital Competency Framework
  • An awareness of “what good looks like” with regards to digital learning in schools
  • Sight of how digital learning is being used to raise standards
  • An idea of the sort of questions that should be asked about the impact digital learning is having in their school

School Governors from across Wales attended an excellent conference on Governance in the Digital Age on Thursday 16th March 2017 at Deeside 6th Form College.

Students from Coleg Cambria and Connah’s Quay High school opened the conference with an excellent musical performance which got the conference off to a fine start!

A range of inspiring speakers followed from school based practitioners, representatives from Welsh Government, Estyn, Local authorities, and GwE, as well as Microsoft UK and SWGfl, providing updates on digital learning and how governors can best support schools on the digital competency framework, and keeping safe online.

Please click on the links below to access presentations from the day:

The Local Authority’s role in supporting education in the digital age
John Davies, Chief Education Officer, Wrexham

The Digital Competence Framework
Lloyd Hopkin, Head of Digital Competence Framework, Welsh Government

Learning in Digital Wales (including Hwb and Hwb+)
Christopher Owen, EPS-Digital and Strategic Comms, Welsh Government

Raising standards using digital learning in the classroom – a practitioners’ perspective
Kellie Williams, Cornist Park Primary School and GwE

Governors Wales update

The Role of GwE in encouraging digital learning
Simon Billington, ICT Strategy Manager for Education in Wrexham and GwE

Keeping safe online
David Wright, Online safety consultant, SWGfL

Questions for the Governing Body – Online safety in schools and colleges, UK Council for Child Internet Safety

How to prepare your school to implement the Digital Competence Framework
Maldwyn Pryse, Estyn

Microsoft in the Classroom
Mandeep Atwal, Microsoft UK and Matthew Davies, Treorchy Comprehensive

Digital Competence Framework – Resources

Digital Competence Framework – Myth Busters

During the event the Outstanding Clerks Award for Wales 2017 was presented. The Award aims to celebrates and share examples of good practice in Wales
  • Winner – John Gummery, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Wrexham
  • Runner up – Liz Everson, Caerleon Comprehensive, Newport

John Gummery
John Droog, Chair – Rachel Acton, Headteacher – John Gummery, Clerk

Liz Everson
Lana Picton, Headteacher – Liz Everson, Clerk

Conference Evaluation – Examples of comments

  • Good information, learnt a lot;
  • Thought provoking and excellent identification of tools to use;
  • It has really explained the new DCF and how it should be implemented in school;
  • Very valuable day;
  • More awareness of an increasingly important area – ability now as governors to engage with the subject better;
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this well presented and though out event;
  • A good day on the whole, very informative, very inspirational as well.

Published: 17/03/2017