Edtech Demonstrator schools and colleges announced

Twenty UK institutions have been selected by the DfE and the programme’s delivery partners

A network of 20 schools and colleges across the UK who will drive the Edtech Demonstrator Programme and demonstrate best practice in the use of classroom technology have been announced by the Department for Education (DfE).

Announced last year to accelerate peer-to-peer support for effective edtech use, the programme has since been adapted to support the provision of remote education, with programme expansion scheduled for the coming weeks.

On top of providing professional development, the programme will target schools and colleges that are most in need of support, including those trying to get to grips with new solutions and devices, as well as those with the most disadvantaged learners.

“I’ve always recognised the potential new technology has as part of a blended learning approach to enhance learning and build links between home and school – it’s been central to the success of King Ecgbert School since I was appointed in 2016,” said Paul Haigh, headteacher of the school. “When we had to close due to COVID-19 on Friday 20 March, we reopened the following Monday as a virtual school using technology most schools can already access. We are proud to be asked to support other schools with capitalising on education technology to minimise the loss of learning at this difficult time.”

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The DfE – alongside delivery partners LGfL, Sheffield Hallam University and The Education Foundation – has identified 20 education providers who have proven their excellence in their ability to use technology to enhance teaching and learning, and have demonstrated their willingness to help other institutions in their utilisation of classroom tech.

The Demonstrator schools and colleges are as follows:

Balcarras School with National Star College – South West

Basingstoke College of Technology – South East

Beauchamp College – East Midlands

Broadclyst Community Primary School – South West

Cheam Common Junior Academy with members of LEO Academy Trust – London

Coupals Primary Academy and Thomas Gainsborough Secondary School (Unity Schools Partnership and Unity Research School) – East of England

Danesfield School – South East

Darlington College – North East

Hambleton Primary Academy with Ribblesdale High School and Highfurlong School – North West

Heronsgate Primary School – London

Kibworth Church of England Primary School – East Midlands

King Ecgbert School with Notre Dame High School – Yorkshire and the Humber

Lea Forest Primary Academy (Academies Enterprise Trust) – West Midlands

Mount Hawke Academy, Aspire Academy Trust – South West

Sandringham School – East of England

Shacklewell Primary School with Grazebrook and Woodberry Down Primary Schools – London

Skipton Girls’ High School – Yorkshire and the Humber

St Alban’s Catholic Primary School with Bishop Challoner Catholic College – West Midlands

St John Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School – South East

Warden Park Secondary Academy (Sussex Learning Trust) with Warden Park and Northlands Wood Primary Academies – South East

Paul Edge, assistant headteacher at Ribblesdale High School, commented: “We are thrilled that our collective expertise and experience is being harnessed by this Programme to support a wide range of schools. The current situation has forced all schools to be highly dependent upon remote learning, adjusting to a very new way of working. We look forward to supporting colleagues in other institutions, aiding their students to experience the very best teaching, learning and wider support which can be afforded by remote learning solutions.”

Click here to register your interest in the Edtech Demonstrator Programme


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