The IPA and The London Book Fair have announced the speaker line-up for the fifth edition of their What Works? Successful Publishing Resources & Technologies for the Future education conference, in association with The Publishers Association (PA).

What Works? 2017 will examine the transition to digital learning technologies, publisher resources for educators, and developments in copyright. The compact half-day programme will begin with a welcome from Jay Diskey, Chairman of the IPA Educational Publishers Forum (EPF), and with Lis Tribe, Managing Director of Hodder Education, as Conference Chair.

Policy experts, educators and international educational publishers from China, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Poland and the UK will tackle how to foster optimal classroom learning, whether using established materials or new technologies. Topics on the table include publishers’ transition to delivering digital learning technologies, evolving resources for educators and developments in copyright.

In the opening session, William Bowes, Legal Counsel, Cambridge University Press, and Dr Emily Hudson, King’s College London, will discuss Lessons in Copyright. Then Ian Koxvold, Head of Education Strategy, PwC UK, and education consultant Chris Kirk will give a talk called Global Trends in Education. Two separate panel discussions will cover the challenges and benefits publishers face when making the digital transition, in Going Digital: how publishers embrace technology to ensure survival, with a second panel going back to the basics of what teachers really need from educational publishers, in The Teacher-Publisher Relationship: Building Mutually Supportive Practices

In addition, multi-award winning Irish author Roddy Doyle – who used to be a teacher – will talk about what worked for him when teaching Geography and English in a gritty Dublin school.

This year’s expert speakers include:

  • Andrew Bateman, Head of Computing and Information Technology, Hanley Castle High School, Worcestershire (UK)
  • William Bowes, Legal Counsel, CUP (UK)
  • Sintija Buhanovska, Head of Digital with Zvaigzne ABC (Latvia)
  • Brian Gilsenan, Chief Executive, CJ Fallon (Ireland)
  • Dr Emily Hudson, King’s College London (UK)
  • Alicja Jankowiak, Editor in Chief, SuperMemo World (Poland)
  • Ian Koxvold, Head of Education Strategy at PwC (UK)
  • Murdo MacPhail, English and Political Science teacher, Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium, Berlin (Germany)
  • Caroline Moore, Director of Constellata (UK)
  • Carl Robinson, Ixxus, The Coaching Academy
  • Teuvo Sankila, Publishing Director, Educational Materials, Otava (Finland)
  • Lis Tribe, Managing Director, Hodder Education (UK)
  • Eric Yu, CEO, Global Tone Communications Technology (China)

Conference tickets include free entrance to London Book Fair on the morning of the conference, and the following two days of the Book Fair.

Date: Tuesday 14 March
Time: 13:00– 17:00
Location: Olympia Conference Centre, West London

Price: £178 (€206 / $222) +VAT


IPA Members qualify for a 20% discount – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the special booking code.

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