Berkhamsted School IT Conference

Registration now available – Early bird discount £90

£120 after 15th of October

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Bringing like-minded schools together to share successes and best practice

Tuesday 28th November 2023 | Berkhamsted School, Castle Campus | 09:30 – 16:00

Berkhamsted School is proud to invite you to our upcoming conference on November 28th, 2023, where we will once again push the boundaries of technology in education. After the resounding success of our January 2023 conference, where we showcased our remarkable journey and achievements, we are excited to take the next step by opening the stage to other innovative schools. This conference promises to be a dynamic and collaborative event, bringing together educators, thought leaders, and visionaries from schools across the country. Together, we will explore the cutting edge of technology in education, sharing insights, successes, and challenges that have shaped our educational journeys.




Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way we live, work, and interact with technology. At its core, AI is the science of developing computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Power Bi

Power Bi

In today’s data-centric world, mastering data analysis is essential and our upcoming conference is your gateway to unlocking the potential of Microsoft Power Bi.

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.

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

10:00 – TBC

11:00 – Break

11:30 – Session 1

12:15 – Session 2

13:00 – Lunch and Networking

14:00 – Session 3

14:45 – Session 4

15:30 – Interactive Q&A

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


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Hear from the following colleagues

During this conference we’ll be hearing from a number of schools and learning about their journey and successes.

Sarah Buist

Head of Digital Strategy at Royal Grammar School Newcastle Read

Sarah Buist

Head of Digital Strategy at Royal Grammar School Newcastle Close

With a passion for digital innovation and education, Sarah Buist currently serves as the Head of Digital Strategy at Royal Grammar School Newcastle. In this capacity, she is driving the school’s digital evolution into the future.

Prior to her role at Royal Grammar School Newcastle, Sarah spent over 5 years at Durham School, where she served as a Teacher of Geography and also held the position of Head of Digital Learning. During her tenure, she played a pivotal role in integrating digital technologies into the teaching and learning process.

Sarah is dedicated to enhancing the educational experience through technology and is committed to ensuring that students have access to cutting-edge digital resources.

Dan Raymond

Director of IT at St Catherine’s School, Bramley Read

Dan Raymond

Director of IT at St Catherine’s School, Bramley Close

Dan Raymond currently holds the position of Director of Digital Technologies at St Catherine’s School, Bramley, with an impressive tenure of over 11 years. He has been in this role since January 2016, spearheading digital innovation. Dan is deeply committed to revolutionising education through technology. Prior to his current role, he served as the Network Manager, responsible for the management of the school’s digital infrastructure.

Before joining St Catherine’s School, Dan spent 7 years at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, where he held the role of ICT Operations Manager, focusing on operational excellence. His journey in the education sector commenced as an ICT Technician, and he spent 4 years and 3 months in this capacity.

Dan’s true passion lies in harnessing technology to empower both students and educators, ensuring their success in an increasingly digital world.

Adam Webster

Director Of Innovation at Caterham School Virtual Read

Adam Webster

Director Of Innovation at Caterham School Virtual Close

Adam is an experienced senior education leader who has significant experience developing the effective use of technology in schools. This includes curriculum design, staff and pupil training, as well as developing the relationship between traditional science based-subjects and the creative arts.

Adam researches and discusses the curriculum offerings in schools to encourage them to be forward looking and address the changing needs arising by the ‘future of work’ discussions which are occurring across the world.

Adam also has experience in safeguarding and in particular utilising and responding to the use of technology in helping young people and parents deal with a range of pastoral concerns.

Adam is a regular writer and speaker on the use of technology in schools and has delivered a TEDx talk on the importance of disruption and change in the education system to meet the changing demands of the future workplace.


Academic – 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.

Academic – Classroom observation

Watch a recorded live lesson and learn how devices are used in the classroom

Academic – Developing a Digital Strategy in a Prep School

This session will focus on the key ingredients of developing a successful strategy for Prep aged children. This involves prioritising staff training and developing a culture of sharing and innovation.

Academic – 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.

Academic – Managing staff performance and development using the Power Platform

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

Academic – Teacher panel

Discuss with the teacher panel how 1:1 devices really work in the classroom.

Academic – Troubleshooting

Hear what steps we’ve taken when things go wrong

Led by BT – Create standout digital experiences

Hear how we supported Berkhamsted Schools Group with their digital transformation, including deployment of their 1:1 programme underpinned by rock-sold internet connectivity via BTnet.

Led by Darktrace – Cybersecurity Roundtable

An opportunity to discuss the cyber threat landscape in 2023 and its implications.

Led by FreedomTech – The 1:1 journey

Implementing a successful 1:1 programme

Led by Microsoft – Reimagining education together to empower every learner and educator

A chance to hear from the Microsoft Education team on how technology can help accelerate learning, improve outcomes, and prepare students for their future.

Pastoral – Digital Device Strategy | Safeguarding and Wellbeing

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

Technical – Cyber Security

Foundations for resilience.  Learn about the the platforms and systems Berkhamsted have put in place to stat safe.

Technical – 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.

Technical – Power Bi Overview

This presentation will provide an overview of how features and elements interact, and how Berkhamsted has managed the roll-out of Power BI reports.

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.


Register now to receive an early bird discount

£90 per delegate | £120 after 15th of October

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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.

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