Director of IT presents at MAT Partnership Network conference
Earlier this week Richard Mayer, Director of IT for our Trust attended and delivered a speech at this year’s Multi Academy Trust Partnership Network conference in London. The event brought together senior leaders in MATs with innovative suppliers, to collaborate and share insightful ideas with each other about delivering high-quality learning experiences across large geographic locations. Key themes included sustainability, digital transformation, energy saving and recruitment and retention.
Richard was one of 29 speakers at the South of England event, others included Chief Executive Officers, Financial Officers, Curriculum Development Directors and Directors of Talent and Teaching. Alongside members from MATs, the Partnership Network event was sponsored by many technology giants that help empower the education sector such as The National College, Zoom and Logitech for Education. This wide range of speakers created a thought-provoking environment over the 2 days it was held.
As our Director of IT, Richard provided an overview of how we utilise various forms of technology to enable our Trust to be as collaborative and seamless as possible, highlighting the wide variety of services that we use. Of course, Richard included our new intranet; Connect, and how the huge variety of services available are an invaluable tool for direct staff communications, inter-school collaboration and the promotion of central services.
As well as this, he explained how our Trust approaches pupil’s learning experiences with the utilisation of technology. Richard said:
“Technology isn’t a silver bullet, but it is widely accepted that a great teacher, with the right technology, coupled with strong parental engagement does provide a recipe for success in the classroom and beyond.”
Other elements of Richard’s talk included work around our bespoke development through the ALIS platform, which drives our Account Management processes, as well as our emerging Visitor Management System and many other functions. Richard also took the opportunity to urge the private sector partners to ensure the implementation of Single Sign-On options for login to their systems, as well processes to ensure the automated flow of information, removing the reliance on manual management, as only then can Trusts to be fully confident in the security of their organisational data.