CertMatters.Live 2018

22nd June 2018, The Design Museum

CertMatters.Live, Prodigy Learning’s inaugural educator professional development event was held on June 22, 2018 at The Design Museum, London.  


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CertMatters.Live 2019 will take place on June 14, 2019 in The British Library, London and is not to be missed, make sure to add to your calendars.



CertMatters.Live 2018 Highlights

CertMatters.Live brought together educators to listen, learn and collaborate who share a passion for digital skills and certifications to improve education and student outcomes. It was an inspiring day with an impactful keynote from Microsoft, Coding in Minecraft official announcement, three fantastic customer showcase sessions (Schools, Higher Education & Further Education), Centre of Excellence awards and much more.  

Alongside CertMatters.Live we held our UK & Ireland Championship 2018 Finals:

  • MOS Four Nations Championship Grand Final
  • ACA World Championship UK & Ireland Final



Welcome from Microsoft

Ian Fordham, Director of Education, Microsoft UK delivered the Microsoft Welcome Keynote. Ian shared how the Microsoft UK Education team are delivering on their mission to “Empower every educator and every learner on the planet to achieve more”. Better learning outcomes, saving educators and leaders time and creating impactful, accessible technology will prepare students with skills they need to succeed in future.

Microsoft Keynote Slides

Coding in Minecraft Official Announcement
A standout highlight of CertMatters.Live was the exciting official announcement of Prodigy Learning’s new Coding in Minecraft:EE Ofqual-regulated credentials.  These three exciting new credentials at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 are structured as a Transition Programme, starting learners on a computer science journey from 9yrs through to 14yrs and form a pathway for students to progress to Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications in Programming thereafter.
London Grid for Learning has been announced as the launch partner for this programme, which will be rolled out to thousands of pupils in 100 primary, secondary and special schools across London from September, supported by Prodigy Learning’s Minecraft Global Mentors.
We are so excited about this game-changing partnership which will get 100 London schools & 1000s of students across the capital using Minecraft:EE and developing future ready 21st Century Skills” said Ian Fordham (Director of Education, Microsoft UK).
Andrew Flood (CEO, Prodigy Learning) announced that Prodigy Learning would be completing a full STEAM Pathway of similar credentials:
Minecraft:EE can get young learners interested in coding and computer science at an early age.  We are proud to be working on this world first programme with Microsoft to bring credentials in coding and other STEAM subject areas through Minecraft:EE.  It will be exciting to see this programme roll out in London from September and look forward to extending it to schools around the UK and beyond.”
Schools Showcase Session

The Schools Showcase Session sponsored by GMetrix, was delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council (RCT) and The Leigh UTC who discussed and shared their unique success stories. 

Schools Showcase Session Slides

Further Education Showcase Session

The Further Education Showcase Session, sponsored by Practice Labs, was delivered by Microsoft UK, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, and Belfast Metropolitan who discussed the importance and value of Microsoft Certified Educator certification for professional development of educators in FE.

FE Session Slides

Higher Education Showcase Session

The Higher Education Showcase Session, sponsored by LearnKey, was delivered by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University and Coventry University who shared tips and best practices in successfully implementing Adobe, MOS, MTA and Autodesk certification programmes. 

HE Session Slides

Centres of Excellence

Centre of Excellence Awards Presentation, recognising Certiport Authorised Test Centre customers across the UK & Ireland who deliver continuous high volume of Digital Skills & Certifications at a high standard to students and staff.

Prodigy Learning CEO, Andrew Flood presented awards in person to customers who are advancing students success and employability prospects through globally, industry-recognised certification programmes.

Photo Albums & Social Conversation

  • For a full selection of images from CertMatters.Live 2018 please click here.
  • There were many highlights throughout the day and huge social engagement with CertMatters.Live attendees using #CMLive18 which have been collated and is in our Twitter Moment Collection click here.

MOS & ACA Student Champions

Prodigy Learning invite the BEST of the BEST Microsoft Office and Adobe Design students from across the UK & Ireland to compete in the Microsoft MOS Four Nations and Adobe ACA UK & Ireland Championship Finals at CertMatters.Live.

3 MOS Champions and the ACA Champion each won the trip of a lifetime to represent UK & Ireland in the Certiport World Championship Finals in Orlando, July 2018.

Introducing the MOS4N UK & Ireland Champions:

  • Excel: Christopher Doyle, St Ninian’s High School
  • PowerPoint: Michaela Habartova, University of St Andrew’s 
  • Word Champion: Adam Drummond, St Ninian’s High School 
Introducing the Adobe ACA UK & Ireland Champion:
  • Taylor Sharpe, Coventry University

2018 Partner Sponsors

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