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Denbigh High School with Challney High School for Girls (Chiltern Learning Trust)

Challney High School for Girls

Challney High School for GirlsChallney High School for Girls is a large 11-16 Secondary school in Luton. In January 2020 we were delighted to become one of the first secondary schools inspected under the new Ofsted framework to be graded as Outstanding. 

At Challney High School for Girls our vision is to ‘Develop influential women of the future’. We are committed to achieving academic excellence for our students and are committed to ensuring that they flourish personally and make a difference to the world around them locally, nationally and internationally. You can find out more about the school on our website: http://www.challneygirls.luton.sch.uk/ 

At Challney High School For Girls we were fortunate to have a new build school in 2011. This significantly improved the availability and functionality of technology in the school. Since then we have developed a well established VLE (Firefly) and more recently adopted Google Workspace across the school. We feel that a blended approach to learning is most beneficial for our students with technology and traditional teaching methods working hand in hand to develop collaboration, increase engagement and to develop independent learners who are well prepared for future challenges. The time saving aspect for staff is also key and developing aspects such as customised online lessons, setting tasks/homework online and using digital tools for marking, feedback and assessment has proven productive. 

We see staff development as essential in supporting the effective use of technology and as such invest heavily in this area. All our teachers are trained in the SSAT TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme) framework which includes the effective use of ICT as one of its underpinning elements. Our CPD programme enables staff to share their expertise and all staff are encouraged to contribute. Peer to peer support, sharing good practice and developing a culture of collaboration has undoubtedly accelerated development in this area.  

Denbigh High School

Denbigh High SchoolLocated in Luton, Bedfordshire, Denbigh High School has a strong local and national reputation as an outstanding school. We have 1120 students between the ages of 11 and 16 and are a high-achieving school with an excellent track record for academic and wider achievement. Driven by our core value statement, ‘high achievement for all is our shared responsibility’, we are completely committed to inspiring and supporting our students so that they seek excellence in all aspects of school life – regardless of their ability or background. 

As a result of the implementation of a successful Technology for Learning strategy, the school has achieved both national and international recognition, with achievements over the past seven years including students presenting at the BETT Show, The Academies Show, at WE Day UK (at Wembley Arena) and on BBC World News. Students have also won the BAME Microsoft Schools Award and five awards at the national Apps for Good Awards, including the School of the Year award. In 2017 we introduced a Chromebook scheme which parents 'opt in' to, and we now have 1:1 devices across all year groups. 

In 2018, 2019 and 2020 the school hosted international Technology for Learning visits from senior representatives from the Ministère de l’Education Nationale in Paris. The Chartered College of Teaching recognised the school as working at the cutting edge of pedagogy by filming a range of staff speaking about their practice and showcasing lessons for the CCoT’s two online Technology for Learning courses. In 2019 Denbigh was selected as an EdTech 50 school - one of the top 50 schools in the UK for effective use of technology to support and enhance learning. In 2021, Denbigh’s Director of Technology for Learning was chosen as a finalist for the Digital Innovator of the Year Award at the Pearson National Teaching Awards.  

Finally, UNESCO has selected the school as one of just a handful of case studies illustrating worldwide best practice in the use of mobile devices to support attainment for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Denbigh case study and the practice that is shared morewidely across the Chiltern Learning Trust is hosted on the UNESCO website and has been showcased in a UNESCO publication which was disseminated to governments across the world. 

As part of our work during the last phase of the EdTech programme we appointed a large number of Digital Practitioners across both schools. These Digital Practitioners comprise both teaching and support staff, which enabled us to offer 1 to 1 clinics and small group support to schools as well as whole school live training and webinars. This supported the work of the Project Leads across both schools who looked at developing strategy and practice with Trust CEOs and School Leaders. A number of our Digital Practitioners also led sessions at the National EdTech Summit and featured in online panel discussions throughout the year. 

Moving forwards, we are happy to support schools in any of the areas of focus. Our Project Leads and Digital Practitioners have a wide range of expertise in different areas so we can offer a comprehensive programme of support to whichever schools we are matched with. In addition to the school/ college recovery, reducing teacher workload, school/ college improvement plans, school / college resource management and securing an accessible and inclusive curriculum, we are also able to offer significant support with 1:1 device scheme implementation. 

Chiltern Learning Trust

What we can offer

This Digital Practitioners Handbook provides more information about the support available, introduces our staff and shares how they use technology in their role. Read it here.

EdTech transformation strategy

The consortium has extensive experience in supporting schools and colleges with the development of EdTech transformation strategies. It is highly likely that an audit of how technology has been used in times of remote learning needs to be the starting point, to ensure it has been implemented and used in the best way to maximise impact. It is essential that this is considered before implementing more widely into the normal day-to-day running within school.

1:1 device schemes

The consortium can support schools with the logistics of introducing and delivering a 1:1 device scheme.

On-line safety / Security

All members of the consortium can provide support in how to deliver remote learning in a secure way, to ensure young people remain safe, across all phases of education.

SEND support

The consortium is equipped to provide a full range of support to ensure that young people with specific needs can get the most from remote learning.

Pupil and teacher wellbeing

The consortium has extensive experience in supporting teachers and pupils, working remotely, from the wellbeing perspective. EdTech has been used routinely in both schools, to reduce teacher workload in a number of ways.

Support delivery

With the systems at our disposal including our network of Digital Practitioners, we can offer support in whatever form is required. We have experience of running webinars and on-line sessions to support schools and peers to use technology effectively. We are also equipped to produce and provide pre-recorded content to be accessed ‘on-demand’ by the wider education community.