The 2017 Innovate My School LIVE roadshow focused on how schools today are doing more with less, and how they can continue to innovate in spite of squeezed budgets. Take a look at what our hosts said, and get in touch to find out how you can be involved in our 2018/19 series #IMSLive.

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quote"What a success! We were all so pleased with just how well our IMS LIVE event went. It flowed really well and those that attended seemed to really enjoy the day and find it valuable. Every single person who came found me at the end before they left to say what a great day it had been and how useful it had been to attend. I think they each went away with at least one action to follow up. As for us - what did we get out of it? Well we placed an order there and then for a fabulous new Design and Technology product that fitted in with our Key Stage 3 Curriculum which we had never seen before. All in all a great day for everyone involved - each of the different parties whether a school or a company got something out of it, and I love it when you can tick more than one box at the same time! For me, the Innovate My School speed dates take the hard work out of the search for new and effective solutions and as a school leader that helps me enormously, leaving me with the final decision with no pressure to say yes.” - Kirsty Tonks, principal, Shireland Technology Primary - 7th July 2018.

quote“It was fantastic to host the school leaders, business managers and educational partners for our IMS LIVE event. The speakers were all really engaging and sowed lots of seeds of innovative ideas with us all. The speed-dating session enabled 10 organisations to share the solutions they have created to meet the needs and resolves the issues teachers and schools face. I am excited to follow up some of the connections made and for the future collaborations that are being planned already between the team at BETT, Century Tech and EdVal. Sharing the #womened community mission and values with this room opened up a really interesting discussion about diversity and equality in schools and in edtech, including reflecting on the need for more innovative approaches to the attraction, recruitment, retention and deployment of staff. Watch this space for a follow up event!” - Hannah Wilson, executive headteacher, Aureus School - 15th November 2017.

quote"Our IMS LIVE event was a resounding success. All who attended were impressed with the range of companies present. The event had great pace and flowed really well. Myself and the rest of my colleagues at Essa Academy came away with lots of innovative ideas. The event was well attended which made for an excellent opportunity to network and collaborate with local leaders. Hosting the event was made simple by Innovate My School. It was well worth doing!" - Martin Knowles, principal, Essa Academy - 23rd November 2017.

quote"What a fantastic event! We are delighted with how our IMS LIVE event went this week. All of the heads who attended were very positive about the chance to network with both colleagues and providers, who are offering exciting products that can have a positive impact on our young people. It was fantastic for the academy to host a regional event on this scale and the team at Innovate My School were a pleasure to work alongside. For us, the blend of speed dating style activities and presentations gave us the chance to sample lots of products without the heavy sales pitch and pressure to say yes on the day” - Mat Galvin, deputy head, Winsford Academy - 18th October 2017.

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