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  • benefit from your peers knowledge and experience, and maintain your focus on good practice and CPD in your own environment.
  • access to more content – you can design an agenda that works for you across the two days, watch and interact with the live presentations that interest you the most, and watch everything else in your own time up to 30 days after the event. You can also revisit the presentations that you found particularly useful.
  • virtual networking can be fun and easier for some than networking in person. Plus, by checking out attendees’ virtual profiles first, you can quickly identify the new contacts that will be most valuable to you.
  • save on travel and accommodation expenses and time away from the day job, whilst getting many of the same benefits.

Will I receive copies of the slides presented at national conference?

Yes, you will be able to access copies of the presentation slides as valuable reference points during and after the event. Please note that this is subject to authors providing the relevant permissions.

How will the virtual platform work?

The conference will be held using the online event platform which provides all the tools needed to create an engaging and interactive event. The platform we will have a virtual ‘conference centre’ complete with welcome page, main auditorium for the workshops and plenary presentations, a networking lounge, a help desk, and exhibitor 'shop window'

Is the virtual event platform easy to use?

Yes, delegates who attended our virtual national conference last year told us that they found it easy to navigate around the event platform and access the content.

Are there any software or IT requirements that I should be aware of?

You don't need any special software, just a good Internet connection configured to stream media.

However, you should ensure that your computer has Cookies, JavaScript and Popups enabled. We suggest that you access the platform in a Google Chrome browser if possible.

You will also need to check with your school IT department that you are able to view and download video content via Vimeo or YouTube as there are generally blockages associated with these platforms

You will be asked to test your connection and set-up prior to the conference so you can flag any issues early on:

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Will the presentations be live?

All presentations will be pre-recorded but broadcast with some sessions being broadcast as a live stream on 11 - 12 November 2021 (all times will be Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)). Presenters will be available at the end of their scheduled slot and session to participate in live Q&A via a text chat function.

All presentations (including the Q&A chat transcript) will be available to watch on-demand shortly after their scheduled time, and for 30 days after the event.

How will I get to ‘meet’ other conference attendees?

Whilst networking can never be fully replicated via an online event, the virtual platform does encourage and facilitate professional networking.

At any time during the event, you will be able to see who is attending live with you and search for contacts. Before the event, you will have the opportunity to create a delegate profile – your virtual name badge – which can include as much or as little professional information about yourself as you choose to help you network and make new contacts.

You will be able to connect with other attendees via one-to-one messaging or video chat. There will also be a dedicated networking lounge to encourage discussion during the event.

As with a face-to-face event, there will be plenty of time scheduled for breaks between the presentation sessions so that you can network and meet the exhibitors.

If I want to cancel my in-person booking and register for the virtual event, can I do this?

Our cancellation terms are strictly 14-days after you have made your booking and no-refunds are permitted.