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

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As we approach the end of a uniquely disruptive school 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 Education Recovery

    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.

  • Andrew Tomlinson

    Head of Education Platforms, BBC Children’s and Education


    Andrew Tomlinson is the Head of Education Platforms at BBC Education.  His portfolio includes BBC Bitesize, BBC Teach and BBC Food.  BBC Teach is home to the BBC’s teacher-facing content: Class Clips (short form films for the classroom); BBC Live Lessons, year-round classroom projects like Ten Pieces and projects such as Young Reporter.  BBC Bitesize is the learner-facing site used by 76% of GCSE students and featuring independent formal learning content for children aged five to sixteen. In 2017, Andrew co-devised and delivered The Mind Set, a successful multi-media campaign to help students prepare for their GCSEs, after a year in charge of iWonder, the BBC's informal-learning website -- the forerunner of BBC Ideas.   Between 2011 and 2015, Andrew was executive producer of several successful BBC Learning projects including the Make It Digital Tour, BBC Learning’s contribution to Ridley Scott’s crowd-sourced documentary Britain in a Day …. and the BBC3 debate show Free Speech.   He has worked at a senior level formulating BBC strategy, including Internet Access for All (2015) and the BBC's Digital Literacy Strategy (2012) and has a successful track record of collaborating with major external partners, including Barclays, Microsoft, Big Lottery Fund and Wellcome. Prior to working at BBC Education, Andrew was series producer of the BBC1 favourite Countryfile and the Heaven and Earth Show with Gloria Hunniford.  He moved into programme production in 2002 after ten years as a BBC reporter and correspondent.

  • Angela Donkin

    Chief Scientist

    National Foundation for Education Research (NFER)

    Angela Donkin is the Chief Social Scientist at NFER and leads their research and evaluation work in the UK.  Angela also heads up NFER’s Covid Strategy Group and has a good overview of their extensive work in this area.  Prior to joining NFER three years ago, Angela was a Deputy Director at the Institute of Health Equity, working to Prof Sir Michael Marmot on the social determinants of health agenda.  Prior to that Angela had a career in the civil service working in ONS, DWP and the Cabinet Office.



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