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Conference Programme 2023

  1. EdTech Stage

    The Impact of AI on Assessment and more

    How Microsoft AI can benefit teachers and accelerate learning

  2. Stage 1

    Exploring the Opportunity of Technology with Apple 

  3. Stage 2

    Getting It Right For Every User

    In this session we will explore how we use education spaces to maximise productivity, wellbeing, and sustainability.

    SmartViz, Scottish Futures Trust, and Midlothian Council, will share their learning on ways in which technology is reaping rewards for existing schools - utilising sensors to influence small but big changes in usage to save energy and improve functionality. 

    Connecting the old with the new, HLM Architects will then transfer this focus to exploring how user’s wellbeing can influence human-centred design. 

    Join us on our mission to measure design that puts people first and to reflect on how we connect learning environments with experience.

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  4. Stage 1

    ‘The Class who fell asleep’

    We explore from a data driven perspective and secondly from a fun filled student perspective.

    We will look to examples across European Schools to explore the data behind why good ventilation is important within a learning environment and how this can benefit comfort, wellbeing, health and productivity

    With a better understanding of the theory, we then hear from students of their positive learner journey as they explored ‘The Class who fell asleep’, a sector leading pilot project initiative bringing the latest smart technologies into classrooms and how this can inform learning, inform building design and inform culture and behaviour in learning environments.

    After a hearty lunch we promise you won’t fall asleep in this session!

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  5. Workshop

    The Digitisation of LEIP project handovers for quality operational & Management purposes

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  6. Workshop

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  7. 14.45 - 15.15 EduFringe Sessions

    EduFringe: Campfire
    Acoustics and open plan learning, hosted by Shane Cryer, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

    It is crucial that our learning spaces are fit for purpose, inclusive and support “deep learning” as well as traditional didactic teaching .

    Come along for a stimulating discussion on the subject of “open” vs. traditional learning spaces, when they do .. and don’t work, and how acoustics plays an important role in both.

    EduFringe: Retrofit & Refurbishment
    Roof Refurbishment: Choosing the Best Solution, hosted by Ian Dryden, SIG Design & Technology

    Join roofing specialist Ian Dryden on a whistlestop tour of roof refurbishment and repair, peppered with anecdotes and helpful advice reflecting his decades of experience working on roofs in the education sector. Learn about what makes a good roof condition survey, hear about RAAC and other materials to be aware of, and put your questions to an expert.

  8. 14.15 - 14.45 EduFringe Session

    EduFringe: Campfire
    Net Zero Public Sector Building Standard (NZPSBS) – perspectives and lessons from practice, hosted by Euan MacKenzie, Hub West Scotland

    The Net Zero Public Sector Building (NZPSB) Standard was published in 2021 to provide a routemap for public bodies to achieve ambitious zero carbon targets for new buildings or major refurbishment projects. This informal session will discuss learning to date; reflect on the multiple pathways which can be adopted in the net zero transition, and help inform the Standard’s future refinement.


  9. 10.45 - 11.15 EduFringe Sessions

    EduFringe: Campfire
    Use of covered outdoor space in the Learning Estate - hosted by Steven Anderson, Scottish Futures Trust

    The Learning Estate Strategy says the use of outdoor learning environments should be maximised. Can we say we are doing this? A discussion on how covered outdoor space can not only encourage the use of outdoors but also how it could challenge what you need to build indoors.

    EduFringe: Retrofit & Refurbishment
    Net Zero starts with energy waste - hosted by Simon Kerr, SAV Systems

    For the UK to achieve its Net Zero goals, it must not only decarbonise its energy supply but, to achieve significant, short-term gains, it must eliminate energy waste. EnergiRaven is a Danish-designed energy monitoring and targeting system developed with energy waste and financial logic in mind. By digitising a building's energy consumption, EnergiRaven can rapidly pinpoint sources of inefficiency, enabling building operators with complex portfolios to reduce their carbon footprint even before addressing the energy source. That's why Net Zero starts with energy waste.


  10. 12.45 - 13.15 EduFringe Session

    EduFringe: Campfire
    Outdoor Learning - having a clear view, hosted by Ian Menzies, Education Scotland

    Join us round our cosy campfire to chat about outdoor learning and how clear definition and metrics might help us design and protect spaces for our children and young people to learn, grow and flourish.


  11. 12.15 - 12.45 EduFringe Session

    EduFringe: Campfire
    What's next for the Learning Estate in Scotland? hosted by Stephen Long, Scottish Futures Trust

    What lessons can we learn from delivery of Education projects to date to take forward to create more efficient and deliverable learning estate in Scotland? This session will allow you to discuss your thoughts on what we need to think about in the latest school projects and beyond.


  12. Stage 1

    Inclusive Growth - One Direction …………where is this going…….

    The session is asking the question “How do we ensure Inclusive Growth in what we do? We all have a part to play as this affects businesses, stakeholders, the communities and the voluntary sectors. Let’s start the discussion about what is being done across Scotland at present and how can we together create a more impactful delivery to make better communities and improve the prospects for future generations.

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  13. Stage 2

    The role of infrastructure investment as a context for learning and local inclusive growth

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  14. Workshop

    Building on case studies in Scotland, this workshop will focus on identifying opportunities for more coherence in the skills and community benefit landscape to benefit schools and learners. The workshop outputs will inform the Construction Leaders Forum Accord.

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    Early steps in addressing the decarbonising of the existing learning estate

    The speakers will present retrofit studies undertaken to illustrate the challenges in addressing carbon in existing buildings. This work, including a variety of examples from City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh, will show what could and should be your priorities when tackling your learning estate.

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  17. Stage 2

    Delivering Passivhaus, learning from practice

    This session will share learning and provide insights from Passivhaus projects that have been recently completed and are at an advanced stage in their delivery, and from relevant developments

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  19. EdTech Stage

    Cyber Resilience

    Digital Safeguarding for 1:1 Device Programmes

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  20. EdTech Stage
    In this facilitated panel discussion we will hear a number of different perspectives and approaches from a range digital experts in Scotland.
  21. Stage 1
    Jenny Gilruth MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
  22. Workshop

    30 minutes of structured, informative conversation about using Educational Robotics in the style of a lesson to enhance STEM Learning in the classroom and the benefits of integrating this into your curriculum rather than occasional one-off sessions. This is followed by an overview of the VEX Robotics Continuum and Competitive Robotics in Scotland and the opportunity to get hands-on with the VEX GO kits, with a Q&A opportunity.

    Any attendee of this session will be entered into a competition to win a VEX GO Education Kit for their school.

  23. Stage 2

    Does it matter what students think of their school environment?

    Dumfries Learning Town: Completing the Journey

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  24. Stage 1

    Design & Educational Approach to Woodland View School

    Outdoor Play Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education – Spaces, Experiences and Interactions

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  25. Workshop
    Are you ready for the enactment of the Health and Care (Staffing)(Scotland) enactment?
  26. Stage 2

    A sustainable estate is a campus or several buildings that delivers a high quality, technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable learning environment that enables and enhances successful learning and skills outcomes for students, staff, and other communities. 

    Our learning estates are major strategic assets. They are a critical part of Scotland’s infrastructure and integral to the success of the communities and economy that they serve. Attractive, technologically current, and fit-for-purpose estates are now recognised as essential to delivering successful outcomes for their students. Development of a sustainable learning estate is recognised as key enabler for driving other investments, innovation, and wider community responses to climate change. The expert panel will present examples of sustainable projects that they have worked on, covering building design, application of digital infrastructure and technology and a multi partner approach to city-wide decarbonisation. The panel will discuss lessons learnt and opportunities and challenges that will need to be addressed in the future.

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  27. Stage 1

    Learning Outdoors – Making It Happen

    How do we design, deliver and use outdoor learning spaces to exemplify the right values, place qualities and needs of planet, people and pedagogy? This session will explore real examples, lessons learned and new approaches from working with early years up to further education campuses. Chaired by Heather Claridge, Director of Design for Architecture and Design Scotland, the session will share practical insight from Kath McTaggart, Landscape Architect, BDP, Felicity Steers, Director of erz, Patrick Boxall Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education at Queen Margaret University and Danny Hunter, Principal Architect at Architecture and Design Scotland.

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  28. Stage 2

    The potential of the existing estate – lessons learnt

    Early Years East Ayrshire POE: An Inside and Outside perspective

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  29. Stage 1

    This session will explore the learning opportunities provided through place-based experiences outdoors, to support learning for sustainability and the skills children and young people need to meet the challenges of a changing world. 

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  30. EdTech Stage

    The Future of Education

    Equipped for Learning: Supporting Learners to Succeed

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  31. EdTech Stage

    Confident Individuals

    Project Nests

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  32. Stage 1
    Jedburgh Grammar Campus – Learning Without Limits
  33. EdTech Stage
    In a world where adaptability and innovation are paramount, how can we empower learners with the creative mindset and problem-solving skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century? 
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