EdTech Demonstrator Programme 2021/2022
Kibworth CE Primary School & Discovery Schools Trust
Kibworth CE Primary School & Discovery Schools Trust
Kibworth CE Primary School is the Lead EdTech Demonstrator school for The Discovery Schools Trust. The headteacher, Gilly Paterson has a strong blended learning vision and strategy for the school, and this has enabled the school to create an effective and stimulating, digital learning environment. Gilly has inspired her staff to enhance the curriculum with technology and this has made a dynamic impact to the way that the children learn and respond to their education at Kibworth CE Primary School.
Mick Beck, the deputy headteacher, has been an integral part of this journey and he has designed the blended learning strategy so that it is naturally integrated into the curriculum. The teaching and learning has always been of an exceptionally high standard but the digital element has personalised the learning and therefore impacted on the outcomes, the quality, efficiency of the teachers and the skill set of the entire school.
Our EdTech Journey
Kibworth C of E Primary School is truly a place of discovery. Our aim is for all children to develop their talents, reach their potential and be happy during their time with us. We provide an outstanding learning environment rooted in Christian values, as a Church of England school we pride ourselves with the link we have with the Leicester Diocese and the Parish of Kibworth.
We strive continually at the school to provide learning of the highest quality, alongside providing training and support to Early Careers Teachers and experienced staff in other schools nationally. Our digital journey is always evolving, the teachers have embraced a blended learning approach within the classroom and digital tools are enhancing our weekly lessons.
Kibworth is an academy and enjoys the benefits of being part of the Discovery Schools Trust. We work collaboratively with other schools in the trust, sharing practice and resources, whilst focussing on an outward facing vision. The Trust’s curriculum has been enhanced by technology, the devices/apps have empowered the children as well as making teaching increasingly effective and efficient for our educators.
Kibworth CE Primary School has a proud history of working with and pioneering remote learning. The school has a long-term commitment to technology and supporting others to harness its benefits, having been the lead school in Leicestershire LA’s e-Pal project as far back as 2007. This project to support more able pupils across the county evolved into a leading role in the adoption of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and offering support to other schools with purchasing advice and setup support. We continued to develop the use of a VLE to develop online learning opportunities to enhance the curriculum and offer flipped learning opportunities.
As the lead school for Discovery Schools Academy Trust in 2012 our use of VLEs played a key role in the developing the partnerships with schools choosing to join the Trust. This allowed online learning communities to be built across schools, sharing of resources, and developing of a consistent approach to teaching and learning across the Trust.
After the adoption of Microsoft 365 in 2016 our online learning offer became more dynamic with all schools developing the use of Microsoft Teams to develop virtual classrooms. All children in KS2 are now active users of Teams and are developing their own ePortfolios using OneNote. The use of Teams has also enhanced the curriculum through the use of virtual field trips and live expert speakers. This has allowed classes to connect with experts from all over the world and have virtual tours of museums, historical sites, and zoos. They have also allowed the opportunity to take part in live Q and A sessions with subject experts. The Trust have similarly developed a virtual Pupil Parliament across the trust and also offer staff CPD via Teams meetings.
Last year, we worked with 93 EdTech schools which we calculated to be 464 participants. Throughout the year we also held EdTech conferences, network meetings and live event webinars in which 820 people engaged. Within our own Trust we supported schools and staff which meant we supported an extra 856 colleagues. In total we were able to reach 2,140 people through numerous forms of support.
Overview of EdTech Demonstrator Programme in 2020/2021
It was the most remarkable experience to be part of the EdTech Demonstrator Programme last year. The greatest benefit of the programme has been to build relationships with colleagues in other schools, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. Kibworth and the Trust offered a variety of guidance throughout the year. Initially, we supported schools with remote learning and contingency planning. Our team shared knowledge and advice about the online learning platform, discussed planning and key documents and shared our policies and protocols. Over the year the support developed, and virtual staff meetings (bespoke to the school’s needs) and networks were offered. Some of the staff meetings were an introduction to remote and blended learning, others were planned over 6 weeks and supported whole school training needs. For smaller schools, the approach was changed again, and group training was offered and in other contexts it was necessary to provide 1 to 1 support. Many schools required strategic support so SLT meetings were delivered alongside running virtual network meetings for MATs. The virtual training meetings covered a range of topics such as demonstrating how to use key apps, set up virtual learning platform, structure the pupil’s online workspaces in the Class Notebook, show staff how to teach online, remotely and in a hybrid-setting was an integral part of the support too. Eventbrite webinars were scheduled to enable a flexible approach to support, teaching staff were able to join and share examples of teaching and learning too.
Towards the end of the programme:
Areas of Support for 2021/2022:
This is an exciting time, and we need to build on the digital gains that schools have just made.
School / College Recovery – We can offer support such as:
Reducing Teacher Workload – Our aim is to share our knowledge of:
School / College Improvement Plans – We can offer advice to schools about how to:
School / College Resource Management – Our team can discuss:
Securing an Accessible and Inclusive Curriculum – We can share our approach to:
Our Trust is also happy for EdTech schools to visit once it is safe to do so. We will be delighted to arrange face to face training, whole school tours to observe blended learning in action and digital learning discussion sessions for teachers.