ACHIEVING the best in teaching and learning through the use of innovative technology will be the focus of a free conference hosted by a York-based education technology company on Wednesday.

Vital York Limited, who are based in Huntington, are inviting staff from primary and secondary schools to spend a day with them at York Racecourse at their fifth annual conference.

Keynote speaker and MC at the conference is Mark Anderson, otherwise known as the ICT Evangelist. He is a former school leader who now speaks all over the world and is a passionate advocate for the purposeful use of technology.

Other speakers on the day include Tom Able-Green, Education Solutions Manager at Academia who works with Google, Apple and Microsoft and Joe Dale an independent consultant specialising in the use of technology in language learning. Clint Lees, an ex-teacher from York with 25 years’ experience, who is now a Google Certified Educator working with over 40 schools around York, helping them move forward on their 21st Century journeys using G Suite and Chromebooks, will also speak on the day. Richard Skidmore, Assistant Headteacher at Tockwith Church of England Primary Academy, Google Certified Educator and Computing Specialist for the Ebor Academy Trust, will talk about his school’s technology journey into the 21st Century and beyond.

Managing director, Steve Pattison, said “We’re passionate about what we do and work closely with our school and multi-academy trust partners to find the best solutions for them.

"We look for new and inventive ways to get the best results from using technology in the classroom. This emphasis on enhancing teaching and learning will be a real focus of our Vital.etc conference this year and we’d like as many schools to be there as possible.

“During the day, we will show delegates how education technology can be implemented and how we can transform a school’s technology journey.”

This free event is for head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants, school business managers, school IT managers and colleagues from multi-academy trusts. You don't have to be a current client of Vital’s to register.

The event will take place at York Racecourse on Wednesday, March 27. Full details and booking information can be found online at