#212 – What Matters in Edtech: Skills


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Welcome to the latest episode of the GLOBAL edition of our What Matters in Edtech Series, our podcast collaboration with Bett. This podcast series is all about the things that matter in education, and how and when tech might help.

Thank you to Bett for supporting this series and to Pearson for supporting this episode.

What's in this episode?

In this episode looking at skills, we are in conversation with an amazing 19-year-old key worker on her experience of 2020, an SVP on understanding more about how vocational learning pathways are adapting to a fast-shifting employment landscape, and a Principal and CEO on the education sector moving forward on cultivating essential skills.

We will be asking:

  • Which skills are in demand?
  • How are people reskilling?
  • How did key workers in the pandemic train for this moment and how can adaptability and resilience be developed from an early age? And,
  • what changes in assessment and qualifications and support will we see in reaction to our new societal needs?

Plus, there are some great book recommendations and the usual anecdotes, allegories and insights.

Follow the conversation, share and comment using #edtechpod and #Bett2021.


  • Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeship | Twitter: @RampersaudCindy
  • Mark Steed, Principal and CEO, Kellett School | Twitter: @independenthead
  • Naomi Dardai, Health Care Assistant at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, soon to be a Trainee Nursing Associate. Previously studied a BTEC in Health and Social Care at City College Norwich
  • Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech

Show Notes and References

You can find links to any references from the episode in our show notes: https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast.

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