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Digital Leadership and Cultural Change in Schools: Challenges and Opportunities

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During the period January 2020-July 2022, 1.5 billion students in 188 countries were locked out of schools (OECD, 2021: p:3). In addition, Covid-19, and subsequent efforts to teach digitally, have revealed the vast socioeconomic gaps that blight societies and education systems. During the pandemic, countries with the lowest educational performance not only fully closed their schools for longer but the attainment gap between pupils in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation (SED) increased. Yet, there have also been some positive developments, with many schools and their staff attaining new levels of digital innovation.

Research reports that many schools have developed a digital vision due to the learning acquired due to the pandemic, however, for some schools, although they innovated during the pandemic, this has not moved them forward in terms of their digital strategy (Baxter et al, 2022). This seminar takes differing perspectives on digital planning to examine the challenges and opportunities for schools in this regard. During the seminar we will be discussing the effects of digital learning on: students, staff, leaders and parents.


09:00 Welcome & BERA Intro
09:10 ‘Changing minds ?’ Digital learning and headteacher visions, before , during and after covid.
Dr Jacqueline Baxter, Open University
09:40 The role of digital technology in self-directed, grassroots CPD
Dr Richard Holme, University of Dundee
10:30 Q&A
10:40 Break
11:10 Challenges and opportunities of leading online learning before during and after covid-19 restrictions: initial survey findings
Dr Alan Floyd, University of Reading
11:40 Digital Strategy in Scottish Education: National Policy and Local Initiatives
Dr Serdar Abaci, University of Edinburgh
12:00 Q&A
12:05 Break
12:45 Plenary & Closing remarks

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Jacqueline Baxter, Professor

Professor in Public Policy and Management at The Open University

Jacqueline Baxter is Professor of public policy and management and Director- The Centre of Innovation in Online Business and Legal Education (SCILAB). She is principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy, fellow of the Academy of Social...

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Lydia Lymperis, Dr

Education Policy Researcher, RAND Europe at Rand Europe

Lydia Lymperis holds an MA in Education from the University of Nottingham and is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Newcastle University, where she also works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the MA Applied...

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Richard Holme, Dr

Lecturer at University of Dundee

Richard Holme is a Reader in Education Studies at the University of Dundee. He is the Professional Development and Scholarship Lead for School of Humanities Social Science and Law and his main area of research interest is informal, grassroots...

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Alan Floyd, Dr

Professor of Education at University of Reading

Professor Alan Floyd is a professor of education, and his research and teaching activity focuses on two substantive areas: educational leadership and doctoral education.

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Serdar Abaci, Dr

Lecturer in Data and Digital Literacy at University of Edinburgh

Serdar Abaci is based in the Institute of Education, Teaching and Leadership. He is currently involved in Data Education in Schools project, developing a course on Digital Literacy. His research interests include data and digital literacies,...

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Elizabeth Craig, Mrs

Primary Teacher at N/A

My name is Elizabeth Craig. I have taught in the Borders for 8 years and been involved in the Inspire Program for 1. The focus this year has been encouraging and highlighting the use of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning through...