AI in Education: Cut Through The Noise | Epsom College

Following our sell-out conference in May, we host our second AI In Education conference on Wednesday 22 November.

Much has happened since the first event, which made front page news in The Times (paywall). The leaders of the Bourne Education Trust and Epsom College launched a cross-sector, independent organisation to help all who work in education harness the power and benefits of AI:

Six months on, it’s time to cut through the noise.

We will focus on the ‘near horizon’ for AI in Education and help school leaders on how they can begin planning.

The combined membership of AI in Education – featuring some of the leading figures in UK education – will come together to explore practical applications of AI in the classroom.

Live Event: Sold Out

Tickets for Livestream Available Now

If you have been unable to secure tickets, you can access the livestream by booking below. Please note, due to issues of confidentiality, the livestream will not feature the ‘Talk to the Practitioner’ sessions taking place between 3-3.45pm.


Programme for the Day

  • 9am – arrival and refreshments
  • 9.30-10amBaroness Barran OBE, Minister for the School System
  • 10-10.45amSherry Coutu CBE,  Serial Entrepreneur & Investor
  • 10.45-11.15am – Neil Lawrence, Deepmind Professor of Machine Learning, University of Cambridge; Senior AI Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute; Visiting Professor of Machine Learning, University of Sheffield
  • 11.15-11.45am – Break
  • 11.45am-12.30pm – Tom Nixon, Head of Government Practice, FacultyAI
  • 12.30-1.15pm – Dan Sandhu, Founder and Director, EdTech Evidence Group & CEO, Education Development Trust
  • 1.15-2pm – Lunch
  • 2-3pm – ‘TEDx’-style Talks. 5 quickfire presentations on the practical adoption and implementation of AI, from AI In Education panel members:
    • Laura Knight
    • Julian O’Loughlin
    • Cheryl Shirley
    • Lauren Thorpe
    • David Weston
  • 3-3.45pm – ‘Talk to a practitioner’. Delegates choose from a range of practical, hands-on, interactive workshops that offer examples of AI in practice.
    • How we can prepare for AI-enabled data insights? by Lauren Thorpe. To leverage machine learning and LLMs on our data, we need to get our house in order. This session shares the steps taken to enable effective and safe use of new technology.
    • Q-chat: The AI tutor by Quizlet that develops comprehension by Zac Verry. This session looks at the lessons learnt using an AI tutor to support learning outcomes in a classroom setting. 
    • Microsoft AI tools for Education by Joe Cozens. Explore the Integrated 365 AI Copilot for planning & support learners with literacy, sourcing online information and wellbeing using teacher-facing AI-integrated tools 
    • Unlocking the Power of Google Bard to Support Children with SEND in the mainstream classroom by Cheryl Shirley. An interactive session on using Google Bard to create personalised learning materials, including creating your own activity or resource.
    • Leveraging AI to support diverse learners by Jess Power. This session explores the use of LLMs in differentiated learning, especially for students with dyslexia or memory processing issues. 
    • Wide lens to narrow focus: promptcraft for planning a scheme of work to creating lesson content by Andrew Dax. This workshop guides educators on effectively using prompts to structure and develop comprehensive educational plans and targeted lessons.
    • AI literacy for teachers: designing effective and engaging AI CPD by Laura Knight. We will focus on the design and delivery of CPD that helps teachers become AI literate and confident.
  • 3.45-4.15pm – Closing address: Sir Anthony Seldon, Head, Epsom College

Speaker Biographies

Baroness Barran

Minister for the School System and Student Finance. Baroness Barran’s wide portfolio of responsibilities includes academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs), school governance, free schools, independent schools and school capital investment.  She has a strong and pragmatic interest in how AI can be used in schools, recognising the dangers, but also wanting to harness its magic.

Sherry Coutu CBE

As a serial entrepreneur and investor, Sherry has founded and floated several B2B SaaS companies and made direct angel investments in over 70 technology firms. She is also an LP in five venture capital firms which operate globally.

Sherry serves as the Chairman of Superpower a technology startup specializing in AI-based upskilling services. She is also a Non-exec Director of the FTSE 100 Company, Pearson plc and the Scaleup Raspberry Pi and a Trustee at the charities Founders4Schools, National Numeracy, and Digital Boost.

Sherry’s previous non-executive director experience encompasses serving on the London Stock Exchange Group boards, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Zoopla plc, and RM plc. She has also served on the Advisory Boards of LinkedIn, the National Gallery, the Royal Society, and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 and the UK Government commissioned her in 2014 to author the Scaleup Report on UK Economic Growth.

Neil Lawrence

DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning, University of Cambridge, Senior AI Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute and Visiting Professor of Machine Learning, University of Sheffield.

With the increased impact of machine learning in society, in particular its use as the principal technology underpinning modern artificial intelligence, Neil has also become interested in public understanding of machine learning, policy decisions around machine learning and the implications for data governance.  He is the author of a forthcoming book The Atomic Human (release date 30 May 2024). 



Tom Nixon

Head of Government Practice at FacultyAI, one of the UK’s leading AI and Machine Learning firms, whose work spans across government and public sectors.  Before joining Faculty, Tom was a senior Civil Servant in the UK government, including Head of Strategy at the DfE, and adviser to PM David Cameron on economic affairs and technology.

Dan Sandhu

CEO Education Development Trust, who work with a wide range of educators to provide careers, employment and skill support. Dan has an extensive career in the education and technology sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Prior to his current role, Dan was CEO of Sparx Learning which provided Maths resources to 2m+ learners across 25 countries.  Dan has previously been voted one of Education Technology’s top 100 most influential leaders globally and was voted Asian Tech Pioneer of the Year in 2022.

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon, the 15th Head of Epsom College, is one of the UK’s leading educationalists and writers, and is hosting the conference.

Among the many award-winning books he has authored is the key text on AI in education: The Fourth Education Revolution. At the first AI In Education conference, Sir Anthony launched the Bourne Epsom Protocol, the cross-sector organisation that founded