32nd International Annual Conference
Raising aspirations for digital education



Jon Audain

Jon is the current Vice-Chair of ITTE and our conference organiser. He is an experienced primary teacher, a former county-based Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) specialising in Primary ICT and upporting primary schools across Hampshire. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Education of ICT and Music for Primary ITE programmes.

Jon also works as a freelance musician and conductor, performing with saxophone ensembles, rock bands and a flute, oboe and piano trio. Jon previously worked for Hampshire Music Service as a Listen2Me instrumental teacher and still teaches part-time for Portsmouth Music Service as a woodwind teacher. He is an active ICT consultant, freelance writer and Promethean trainer across the UK.

His research interests include the the use and pedagogy of the Interactive Whiteboard (IWb), the effectiveness of Digital Leaders in primary education, Digital Badges and assessment using ICT, Music Hubs, and the arts in the learning process.

Christopher Bradford

Christopher is International Marketing Director for BrainPOP http://www.explore-brainpop.com



Neil Brading

Neil has extensive experience as a teacher and in initial teacher education. He taught history for 24 years in the UK and Brazil before becoming the manager of the Oxon-Bucks Partnership in 2004. In this role he was responsible for graduate teacher programme and later SCITT and School Direct courses.  During this time, he completed a Master of Arts in Education degree with Oxford Brookes University, focusing his dissertation on How can e-portfolios support teacher training on the graduate teacher programme? (The answer lies in designing a system which supports learning as well as monitoring and assessing progress.) His current work with Outset Teacher Education has developed from this. Outset Teacher Education provides an online portfolio and educational services to support ITE students and their providers and is in the process of developing other portfolio systems. Neil is also a lead tutor for the University of Buckingham, a trustee of NASBTT (National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers) and a primary school governor.

Douglas Butler

After graduating in Mathematics and Electrical Sciences at Cambridge University, and a spell with EMI Records, Douglas taught secondary Mathematics. He was Head of Mathematics at Oundle School (Peterborough UK), and Chairman of MEI, a leading UK curriculum development project.

A keen pianist and dinghy sailor, he frequently speaks at international conferences, and is a lead author of Autograph Mathematics (version 4 Jan 2018). He maintains his TSM Resources site and organises the popular TSM workshops for teachers.

Helen Caldwell

Helen is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton, where she is curriculum lead for primary computing in teacher education and programme lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing. Her teaching covers the use of technology across primary subjects, implementing the computing curriculum and assistive technologies for SEND. Helen was a member of the Computing in ITT Expert Group and currently sits on the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE) National Executive Committee. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Andy Connell

Andy is the Chair of the Council for Subject Associations, the Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Chester and a long standing executive committee member of the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education  (ITTE).  He has been on a number of national subject expert groups for Computing and advisory groups on Teacher Standards.  Before moving into the training of teachers Andy was a teacher and head of Computing and Business in secondary schools and also taught in primary schools.  He is passionate about educating beginning  and experienced teachers to help them provide the best possible learning experience for young people. When he has time, he likes walking the hills, real ale and live music.

Terry Freedman

Terry Freedman is an independent education technology consultant, speaker, trainer and freelance writer, based on over 40 years’ experience. He publishes the ICT & Computing in Education website at www.ictineducation.org, and the Digital Education newsletter at www.ictineducation.org/diged. Terry is a member of the ITTE committee and a Mirandanet Fellow.



John Galloway

I am a specialist in the use of technology to support the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the curriculum. My work covers all phases of schools and learners with a very broad range of SEND. Along with providing advice and assessment for children with SEND, both groups and individuals, I also provide and run projects in classrooms.  

I work part-time for Tower Hamlets, as well as consulting and writing more widely.


Emma Goto

Emma Goto is a senior lecturer in primary education at the University of Winchester. Prior to moving into lecturing within Initial Teacher Education at the university, Emma worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) for primary ICT. Within this role she spent seven years supporting primary schools in Hampshire and the surrounding area with the development of ICT and e-learning. Emma’s teaching experience was mostly within the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, therefore she has a particular interest in the uses of technology within early childhood. Her current research focuses on the development of computational thinking in early childhood.

Elizabeth Hidson

Elizabeth is a former ICT teacher and school leader. She currently works as an Educational Technology researcher at Newcastle University, investigating the use of various mobile technologies for learning www.ncl.ac.uk/ecls/staff/profile/elizabethhidson.html. In addition, she has just completed her doctorate at Durham University, about teachers’ transitional knowledge and pedagogical practices following the 2014 ICT to Computing curriculum change in England.


Graham Newell

Graham is the Director of Education for IRIS Connect which he helped to establish in 2008. He has worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, lecturer, headteacher and senior officer in a number of Local Authorities. One of his key interests has been to improve the quality of professional development and has taught everyone from mid-day supervisors to Masters Level students at University.

IRIS Connect has seen growth and currently works in 20% of English secondary schools and an ever-growing number of primary schools.  The company has expanded into 13 other countries in Europe, Australasia and North America.  It is proud of its active involvement in a number of research activities and national/international projects.

Richard Osborne

Dr Richard Osborne is an ex-Education Advisor from the University of Exeter who has worked in education for the past 18 years. A trained teacher, he holds a BSc in Psychology, a PGCE in Secondary Science and a Doctorate in Educational Technology. Currently working independently, he is developing a new methodology based on his doctoral research to help teachers make effective use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.

Thomas Palmer

Dr Thomas Palmer works for the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), and leads on CMALT (https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership), ALT’s professional accreditation scheme for Learning Technology professionals. As part of the project team of the highly successful Blended Learning Essentials courses he works with partners from across sectors to establish effective accreditation pathways for trainers and teachers. Tom has an academic background in history and theology, and is interested in education policy development and professional standards.

Christina Preston

Dr Christina Preston has been at the forefront of edtech for over 25 years. Current chair of ITTE and Associate Professor of Education at De Montfort University, Christina has won 5 international awards for her contribution to education innovation in research and in practice based professional development programmes. In 1992 she founded the MirandaNet Fellowship, the first international e-community of practice, to provide educators with opportunities to share knowledge and experience about innovation in teaching and learning. MirandaNet Fellows work with associate companies and teachers on research projects that involve teachers in managing change. (http://bit.ly/2aMfoLo)

Simon Shaw

As senior consultant at Edable Simon works with schools and trusts to develop their education technology as well as with businesses to provide cross-sector education solutions, content and services. Involvement in high profile initiatives includes establishing the “Hwb” online platform for all schools, teachers and pupils in Wales, being lead for the Naace SRF and ICT Mark and managing the London ICT Framework for Education (LIFE) procurement framework for London Schools. Simon was formerly Head of Institutional Management at Becta leading on Parental Engagement and the ICT Mark and was a teacher and subject leader for Physics and ICT/Computing.

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is the ITTE Membership Secretary. He is Head of the Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at the University of Chichester and jointly co-ordinates the undergraduate and postgraduate ICT and Computing modules.

Chris teaches on BA, PGCE and MA programmes on modules related to ICT, Computing and Professional Studies and has been an External Examiner for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes. Chris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was a member of the DfE National Curriculum Expert Group for Computing. Previously, he worked in primary schools across Key Stages One and Two and was a school ICT Co-ordinator. Chris regularly runs in-service training events for primary school teachers at the University of Chichester and in local schools.

Chris has a range of research interests relating to technology, computing and digital literacy in schools and universities. He has recently published articles about teacher thinking about technology in Higher Education and the pedagogy of teaching computing in schools.

Hannah Tyreman

Hannah started working in the Further Education sector and began teaching employability skills, functional skills, English, maths, ICT and NEET provision in 2009. She then moved on to teaching study skills, Access, and A Levels too. In March 2013, she leapt at the chance to become involved in staff development and since then Hannah has worked as a Learning and Development Manager; forming and leading an AoC Beacon Award winning CPD programme that ensured flexible and accessible CPD for all staff at one college before being involved in more evidence and research-informed approaches of CPD in another.  Hannah now works as the Online Learning Specialist at the Chartered College of Teaching. This role combines her love of professional development and learning technologies and allows her to have a wider impact on teachers and their students across all education sectors through evidence-based CPD opportunities.

Donna Vaughan

Donna has worked in the Northern Ireland education sector for over 20 years. She is currently employed by C2k as an elearning consultant. She works closely with school senior leadership teams helping them to determine a realistic vision and strategic approach to e-learning before facilitating the delivery of training workshops.

Passionate about how edtech can improve learning opportunities for learners, Donna devotes much of her spare time to education, she sits on the Board of Governors of two local schools and is also Vice Chair of Naace.

Amelia Walker

Amelia is Deputy Director with responsibility for Ofsted’s research and evaluation programme. This includes oversight of Amanda Spielman’s new multi-year research programme into the curriculum across all phases of education. Previously in Ofsted she was responsible for the Chief Inspector’s Annual Reports and published eight of these across schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills under Sir Michael Wilshaw. Before joining Ofsted she led research on services for older people, localising justice and housing for the LGiU, a local government thinktank. She has previously had strategy and policy roles in local government and the civil service

Danny Young

Danny Young is the Managing Director and joint founder of Just2easy. He has a BSc in Computer Engineering and was previously a consultant at IBM.
He has over 25 years experience in the EdTech industry and was previously M.D and joint founder at Softease, creators of Textease which was sold to RM in 2001.


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