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Digital Leadership and Cultural Change in Schools: Challenges and Opportunities

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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Chairs & Speakers

Jacqueline Baxter, Dr.

Associate Professor at The Open University

Jacqueline Baxter is associate professor in public policy and management, and director for 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...

Lydia Lymperis

Doctoral Researcher in Education at Newcastle University

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...

Richard Holme, Dr

Lecturer at University of Dundee

Richard Holme is a lecturer in education. He is Academic Lead for MEd Programmes and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His areas of specialism include primary education, STEM subjects and curriculum innovation. Richard's main...

Alan Floyd

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

Serdar Abaci
Serdar Abaci, Dr

University of Edinburgh

Dr Serdar Abaci is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Data and Digital Literacies at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. His research interests include data and digital literacies, feedback, online learning,...