The Demonstrator School is made up of a highly experienced consortium consisting of Hambleton Primary Academy, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe and Highfurlong Special School in Blackpool. The leaders of the three schools have established a broad range of support for other schools across all sectors.
Our journey with educational technology
Hambleton Primary School use a combination of Google Classroom and iPads to support their community and enhance teaching and learning. They have experience of developing a range of platforms (Google Classroom, Seesaw, Tapestry) that create opportunities for blended learning, providing pupils with the skills needed for the future, whilst equipping teachers with the tools to make informed decisions and reduce workload.
Ribblesdale High School runs a very successful parental supported 1-2-1 scheme that creates an equal opportunity for all learners to have access to a laptop device that supports teaching and learning. They use Microsoft 365 to support their infrastructure and have developed a relationship with Microsoft to share their expertise both nationally and globally. They have extensive experience of supporting others with the development of a sustainable digital transformation plan, ensuring technology is used where it has the most impact.
Highfurlong Special School has a long tradition of using technology to support learners with higher needs. When the Headteacher worked as SENDCO and Senior Leader in a mainstream school he recognised the impact that assistive technology can have when supporting pupils with additional needs. They have wide experience of using technology to facilitate and enhance communication, allowing pupils to show their individual personalities and share their thoughts and feelings. Their strategic vision is that assistive technology becomes a lifelong, lifesaving tool for pupils of all needs.
What support can the consortium offer?
Over the past year of the programme we have supported different educational establishments with their response to remote learning, ensuring each school/college was equipped with the most effective strategy for their community. We supported the setup and introduction of different platforms and ensured each school had bespoke CPD and resources to develop staff confidence. As restrictions are being eased and schools are reviewing their remote learning provision, they are recognising the role that effective EdTech strategies can play in ‘normal’ school running.
We can support with the development and implementation of a digital strategy across all phases of education. We use existing resources already in place to develop a plan that supports your school’s vision based around your wider improvement plans. We will highlight how technology can be used to support across all aspects of education and where it can have the greatest impact. Some examples of how we can support are listed below:
SEND Support – Empowering pupils with the tools needed to support themselves for lifelong learning. The makeup of our consortium, with a Special School element, allows us to help schools to implement EdTech to support learners with additional needs across all phases of education.
Advice on devices and 1-2-1 Schemes – The introduction of a pupil and teacher devices to effectively support teaching and learning creates the opportunity to introduce new tools to support learning and pupil engagement.
Support in developing a digital strategy – To have the greatest impact, technology should be woven into the fabric of a school, ensuring it is part of the day-to-day running. It can streamline procedures, support management efficiencies and help reduce teacher workload.
Catch-up and recovery – EdTech has a key role in supporting the catch-up and recovery process. With the use of different platforms, we can develop bespoke journeys for learners. We help you to utilise your existing technology and complement this with guidance on how to get the most from limited budgets and any future investments.