Berkhamsted School IT Conference

A must-attend live event for independent schools

Tuesday 24th January 2023 | Berkhamsted School, Castle Campus | 09:30 – 16:00

We are delighted to invite you to join us for Berkhamsted’s IT Conference: a vibrant, practical, live event centred around educational technology. This face-to-face conference will showcase our established 1:1 digital device programme and our experience and use of the Microsoft Power Platform. We will also be discussing the ever-growing cyber threats and how to best protect ourselves from breaches and attack. You will hear from a range of in-house experts and industry specialists and there will be opportunities for discussion and networking with colleagues from other schools.

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1:1 Digital Device Strategy

1:1 Digital Device Strategy

We will provide insight and understanding on strategic decision-making, digital learning, technical, productivity, and safeguarding approaches which have yielded its success.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Leveraging the Microsoft Power Platform has been transformational for many schools. See real working examples of Power Automate workflows that frees up masses of time and admin overhead. Hear about PowerApps that allow teachers to spend less time undertaking admin and more time engaging with pupils…



Hear from industry specialists about what’s current in the world of cyber crime. Learn from other schools about the latest tools being used to fight ongoing threats.

Live from the classroom

Hear and see how Berkhamsted School’s 1:1 programme has transformed teaching and learning by observing lessons on the day


Microsoft Teams

Understand how Microsoft Teams underpins digital learning at Berkhamsted.  Get insight into various ways of synchronising your MIS system to match your Teams structure.


Hear why and see how OneNote is so important to the overall digital teaching and learning strategy.  Plus, learn how the school ensured OneNote was adopted by teaching staff and fully embedded in the pedagogical approach.


Learn how our classroom management tools help safeguard pupil devices both in and out of school, providing reassurance to parents of the safety and wellbeing of their children.

View the Agenda

08:30 – Registration Opens

08:30 – Tea/Coffee and Networking

09:30 – Welcome and Keynote speaker

10:15 – Session 1

11:00 – Break

11:30 – Session 2 / Streamed Classroom Observations

12:15 – Session 3 / Streamed Classroom Observations

13:00 – Lunch and Networking

14:00 – Session 4

14:45 – Session 5

15:30 – Closing address

16:00 – Afternoon Tea and Networking

16:30 – Optional tour of Berkhamsted School, Castle Campus

16:30-17:00 – Carriages

Find out more

Watch this video to find out more about how we use devices in our classrooms

Keynote Speaker

Dr Budgie Dhanda MBE

A leader with 30 years of experience in cyber security, defence, national security and law enforcement sectors.

Led the project to form the UK Cyber Security Council.

A passionate advocate for encouraging more people into STEM related careers, particularly cyber security.

A STEM Ambassador and Enterprise Advisor supporting schools and young people into technology related careers.

Hear from key stakeholders

During the conference at Berkhamsted, you’ll spend time with the school’s digital learning strategy stakeholders

Hannah Butland

Deputy Head: Teaching, Learning and Innovation Read

Hannah Butland

Deputy Head: Teaching, Learning and Innovation Close

Hannah is responsible for teaching, learning and innovation at Berkhamsted. She works closely with both Prad Samtani and Laura Knight across our senior girls, senior boys and sixth schools.

Hannah devised the Digital Learning strategy that was so successful throughout the pandemic, ensuring that all our students continued to receive an effective, purposeful and inspiring education.

Prad Samtani

Director of IT Read

Prad Samtani

Director of IT Close

Prad is Director of IT at Berkhamsted Schools Group and the technical architect behind our sector-leading 1:1 device programme.

Working closely with BT, Prad has now successfully deployed a full Windows-based 1:1 device strategy from year 5 through to year 13. Using Microsoft Surface, our digital device provision is seen by industry experts as one of the most inventive and well-thought through 1:1 programmes around.

Laura Knight

Director of Digital Learning Read

Laura Knight

Director of Digital Learning Close

Laura leads on Berkhamsted’s strategy for digital learning and staff training. She’s also responsible for 1:1 devices in the classroom, digital wellbeing and online safeguarding.

Laura is passionate about developing innovative and inspirational practice. She runs a staff think tank and is a key player in setting the school’s direction for innovation.  She’s also Chair of ISC Digital – the Independent Schools’ Council committee for digital learning and IT strategy


Presentation – 1:1 Teaching and Learning

Get the inside track on how we successfully rolled out our Digital Device

Presentation – 1:1 Safeguarding

Learn about how we manage filtering, monitoring, digital wellbeing and safeguarding in a 1:1 environment.

Presentation – 1:1 Deployment

Take a closer look at the technical aspects of Berkhamsted’s 1:1 deployment and the considerations for success. Including the role that a rock-solid underlying connectivity infrastructure plays in the success of a 1:1 strategy.

Presentation – OneNote in the Classroom

Exploring how we use OneNote as our canvas for teaching and learning at Berkhamsted.

Presentation – Academic and Pastoral Tracking using Power BI

A chance to see how real-time data allows teachers and senior leaders track the whole pupil journey from both an academic and pastoral viewpoint.

Discussion Group – Leveraging IT Systems in Schools – Sharing best practice

A chance for colleagues from the floor to share areas of good practice where IT is used to support a process along with the chance to discuss areas where they are looking for solutions/support/ideas in from their educational settings.

Presentation – Developing a Digital Strategy in a Prep School

Learn how a different approach is adopted in our Prep School.

Presentation – Effective Internal Pastoral Communications using the Power Platform

In this session we look at simple solution for school staff to communicate more effectively whilst developing the picture of a pupil’s journey through school capturing information that can sometimes be forgotten or is unable to be found. Our aim is to empower more powerful conversations with pupils whilst also provide continuity for staffing.

Practial Demo – Connecting your MIS to PowerBi

Understand a little more about how to pull relevant data from your MIS to construct a Power Bi Dashboard

Practial Demo – Power Automate – A run-through of some working examples

In this session we will demonstrate some of the most effective workflows we use at Berkhamsted, including tips and tricks and some struggles encountered along the way.

Discussion Group – What’s new in the world of Cyber Security

Hear from industry experts about the latest cyber threats

Practial Demo – Managing staff performance and development

See a working example of how a combination of PowerApps, PowerAutomate, SharePoint and Planner help Berkhamsted manage staff development.

Practial Demo – Automating your CPD request process

Understand how a simple authorisation flow has helped remove an admin bottleneck and free up valuable time

Discussion Group – What should a Disaster Recovery Plan look like?

Planning for the worst is never easy and, in most cases, hopefully a plan that never needs to be used. But what should a DR plan look like?

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at Independent Schools – Senior Leadership Team members, IT personnel leading on strategy, adoption or deployment. Data specialists both academic and non-academic.

Not only will you get to see exactly how Berkhamsted’s 1:1 device programme supports teaching and learning in a live classroom environment, but there’ll also be lots of time for discussion with experts from other fields involved in the Microsoft Power Platform and Cyber Security.


Registration is now open

£50 per attendee

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The conference is being held in Deans’ Hall at our Castle Campus, located in the heart of the market town of Berkhamsted.

30 minutes

direct from London Euston by Train

Easily accessible

from M25, M1 and M40

Local accomodation

available a short distance from Berkhamsted Town

Berkhamsted Boys

Castle Campus
Castle St

Park and Ride

If you’re planning to drive to Berkhamsted, there is some parking in the town. We are unable to offer on-site parking, but will be providing a park and ride service from one of our nearby sports facilities – Haslam Field. After registering for the event, and closer to the date we will ask if you wish to take up this offer.

Haslam Field

Shooters Way


We’ve worked very closely with BT on a number of projects including our all-important 1:1 deployment


FreedomTech have also been at the heart of our 1:1 strategy.

Case Study