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Apr 24, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • The establishment of the not-for-profit Learning Trust in Hackney 
  • The ambiguous future of The Learning Trust, following Government announcements for full academisation 
  • Collaboration on technology best practice between academies and non-academies in Hackney
  • Google apps for education, Apple i-pad and BBC Micro: bit 
  • Low-cost computers such as Pi-top
  • CPD programmes and support which leads to ‘technologically competent and aware teachers’
  • Investment in Edtech within Hackney schools
  • Sharing knowledge through informal and formal channels
  • External visits to Hackney and case study: Our Lady’s Convent High School 
  • Using Edtech to assist schools with ESOL challenges where multiple languages are present
  • Using technology to enhance reading learning, in addition to analogue materials 
  • Addressing the concern that technology may worsen inequality 
  • Early school opening times to increase access to technology
  • Funding mechanisms; BYOD vs school investment and hybrid models
  • How the learning trust and and Hackney regeneration team are working with business, including RBS & Founders and Coders, to increase external computing expertise into schools
  • Controlled assessment at GCSE


LEA, CPD, chromebooks, Pi-top, low cost computers, mobile learning strategies, academisation, collaboration, google apps, Ipad, ESOL, reading, inequality, funding, business, controlled assessment


On academisation: ‘It’s not a positive looking future’

On use of technology in Hackney schools: ‘The schools in Hackney have really maximised the use of technology.’ ‘In my experience the Hackney schools have always seen the benefits of technology’ 

On technologically savvy teachers and leaders in Hackney: ‘We have very technologically aware, competent and confident teachers and senior leaders who can see the benefit of that investment.’

On evidence-based Edtech: ‘‘We are very much looking at the efficacy of technology, rather than technology for technology’s sake.’ 

Sharing knowledge: ‘Really positive sharing of knowledge, experiences and different approaches’ 

On BBC Micro:bit: ‘Timing has been key here. If they arrive 6 weeks before the first GCSE exams then that’s going to put pressure on teachers to look at it further.’ ‘I think the timing suggests its something the secondary school teachers will pick up now after the exams.’

Edtech at Our Lady’s Convent High School : ‘It meets students expectations which is really important and i’m going to say it’s a time-saver.’‘It’s absolutely led by the pedagogy, not the technology, trying to enhance what was done previously not just augment tasks’

Business support: ‘The broader City of London and Tech city have offered phenomenal support’

Edtech for reading: ‘I’m adamant that using technology to engage children in reading is fantastically successful.’ ‘We absolutely encourage children to read traditional books as well.’

On access: ‘Key stage 4, key stage 5…access to technology is almost essential.’

On teacher pressure: ‘It’s a a really challenging environment out there at the moment. There is immense pressure.’ 

Apr 23, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Which Universities, Schools and Colleges are collaboratingwithHere East
  • Here East and UCL’s Institute of Robotics
  • Here East’s ambitions locally, nationallyandinternationally 
  • International digital hubs around the world akin toHereEast 
  • Podcast scoop: How Here East are launching a newEducationCommunity Manager role to reach out into the localschoolscommunity 
  • How local firm Optimity are helping to address thedigitaldivide and improve access to broadband 
  • Here East and Gainsborough Primary School 
  • Becoming the hub for digital apprenticeship in London


Robotics, collaboration, primary school, edtech,innovation,education community manager, broadband, diversity,Hackney, making,makers, makerspace, start-up, broadcasting,London2012


On 2016: ‘This is the year we reallygetgoing.’

On opportunities for local people: ‘Webecomethe connectors into the local community, working with theLondonLegacy Development Corporation’

On schools approaching Here East: ‘Wewantschools to be confident that they can make approaches to us,tolearn about broadcasting, to learn about making, to learnaboutwhat it means to be a start up’ 


Apr 23, 2016

The first edition of The Edtech Podcast - The Hackney Edition, covering: 

  • 20 minute interview with the principal of Hackney Community College, Ian Ashman 
  • Hear more about the diversity issues which plague the tech industry and initiatives trying to help 
  • Establish the three main barriers to better opportunities for young people in Hackney, established by a regeneration agency research document  
  • Find out how the college and local tech and digital partners are collaborating to launch apprenticeship schemes in Shoreditch, Tower Hamlets and Stratford with BT Sport and local financial industries 
  • The business challenges of skills shortages: are tech companies doing enough to build up local skills; should they have to or is import best?
  • Understand the financial pressures of the further education sector and innovative models seeking to future proof the college
  • How is the college working with on site tenants including a free school and an Edtech accelerator to get more for its students? 
  • Chart the march of tech going east, as ‘tech outpaces itself from the Shoreditch market’ 
  • Understand Hackney Community College’s new place in the educational development in the borough of Hackney and why it is raising awareness for alternate pathways to success beyond traditional Universities 
  • How tech teachers are working with the Learning Trust to get support for collaboration and Edtech in Hackney

On the tech industry in Hackney: ‘We’ve seen massive growth in tech companies…big and small.’

On opportunities for local people: ‘We’ve seen very little direct opportunity for local people…including our students.’

On diversity issues in the tech industry: ‘It’s really startling when you walk out of a campus where 70% of your students are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds into workplaces over the road which are 98%, or in some cases, 100% white.’ ‘It’s very stark.’ 

On their apprenticeships scheme: ‘It’s been slow to get going, I have to say; slower than I would have hoped.’ ‘Those young people are having an absolutely fantastic time. They are getting a really good salary and they are brilliant ambassadors.’ ‘That’s our focus forwards; that we will be a major provider of digital apprenticeships on the olympic park site.’