Webinar: Futureproofing education in the UK - Cross-sector perspectives on COVID impact and digital strategy

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As pupils across the UK return to school, following a uniquely disruptive year, the Whitehall & Industry Group is delighted to bring together this cross-sector panel to discuss how lessons learnt can be utilised to look ahead and address future needs of the UK education sector.

Join us for your opportunity to:

  • Hear how experiences of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic might accelerate and inform the use of digital technologies in schools
  • Discuss the implications for catch-up and education recovery, and how these will in turn shape longer term digital strategies for the UK’s education sector
  • Pose your questions to our expert panel  


  • Graham Archer

    Director for Qualifications, Curriculum and Extra-Curricular

    Department for Education

    In his role as a director at the Department for Education, since August 2020 Graham has been responsible for Education Recovery and Remote Education, including the National Tutoring Programme and the Get Help With Technology provision of laptops and connectivity to schools and disadvantaged children, and the Programme of Summer Schools 2021.  Before that, Graham was Director Children’s Social Care for five years, responsible for Social Care Innovation Programme, Interventions in failing Local Authorities, generation and deployment of best practice, strategy and workforce. Graham has been a member of the Senior Civil Service for twenty years.

  • Alice Barnard

    Chief Executive

    Edge Foundation

    After graduating from Cambridge University with an MA in history, Alice pursued a career in journalism before moving into publishing. Since then she has led several high profile organisations, notably the Countryside Alliance and the Peter Jones Foundation before joining Edge; the independent foundation working to inspire the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work. When she's not at her desk, Alice is happiest in the countryside with her horses, dog and chickens.  

  • Lisa Percy

    Executive Editor, BBC Education


    Lisa began her career as a primary teacher. With a particular passion for arts education and the new learning opportunities created by technology, she began to pursue these interests through academic study and went on to work at organisations including Warwick University, Becta and The Guardian before joining the BBC in 2005. She has run BBC Bitesize, BBC Teach and oversaw the BBC’s online learning portfolio. She is currently leading a number of cross-platform educational projects for the organisation on themes such as sustainability and mental health.



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