How to equip senior and middle leaders with the skills needed to utilise edtech to help drive whole school improvement, including those with additional needs

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How to equip senior and middle leaders with the skills needed to utilise edtech to help drive whole school improvement, including those with additional needs

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Lancashire LEA School Improvement supported by The Consortium of Hambleton Primary Academy with Ribblesdale and Highfurlong School

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Many secondary schools across Lancashire are supported by the Lancashire School Improvement Service and their team of consultants. This is an existing structure which is used to provide support ranging from whole school improvement advice, through to subject specific support. The team consists of specialists in a range of curriculum areas, who also have specific responsibilities for whole school improvement.

The Senior Advisor and the wider team wanted to ensure that schools are using edtech to support and have an impact on school improvement at all levels. Historically, edtech did not normally feature as part of the conversation when discussing school improvement with senior and middle leaders. However, the team had some understanding of the potential with the work they undertake with Ribblesdale High School but were unsure how to move forward.

The School Improvement Team have used their existing structures, such as Senior Leader Briefings and Subject Leader Meetings, as a vehicle to share how edtech can be used at whole school and curriculum area levels. They have used the EdTech Demonstrator programme, with direct support from Ribblesdale High School, to equip senior and middle leaders with the skills needed to utilise EdTech to help drive whole school improvement. A specific example of how tech is being used to support a current focus, is through the Ofsted Curriculum Research Review briefings and how edtech can help facilitate high quality delivery within each curriculum area.

A wide variety of different tools, apps and associated features have been adopted by those supported by the School Improvement Team. This has ranged from ones already found within their main edtech platform such as MS Teams, Learning Tools, Translate and Reading progress through to apps specifically focused on the support of teaching and learning, both within and outside of school.  This has included apps such as Nearpod, Mentimeter, Wooclap and Learning by Questions to gain feedback, assess progress and encourage learners, particularly those with additional needs, to work at their own pace.

The benefit of using the existing school improvement network is that you leverage a successful collaborative platform to introduce and share effective edtech strategies. The confidence of middle leaders has improved dramatically, as they now have a range of strategies that will have a positive impact within their own specific subject areas, rather than just ‘one-size-fits-all’ CPD.  Coupled with this, their teams are now equipped with the skills to effectively deliver edtech supported learning, whether that be physically in school or blended when pupils or themselves are working remotely.  It has also given them the opportunity to review how using existing technology within their school can help reduce teacher workload and support pupil progress, for example low stakes high frequency testing platforms and apps.

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