The announcement of school closures in March 2020 prompted schools to re-think swiftly the delivery of learning to pupils in lockdown at home.
Now, during this Covid-19 recovery phase, schools are ambitious to accelerate the creation of high quality Blended Learning Environments, integrating remote and school-based education. EdTech is therefore all the more important as a tool in providing high quality education reinforced by Department for Education expectations:
“Remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching, or in the case of local lockdown. All schools are therefore expected to plan to ensure any pupils educated at home for some of the time are given the support they need to master the curriculum and make progress.” DfE Guidance for Full Opening (Schools) 2 July 2020
TSSW is delighted to be working with Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS), part of the Cornerstone Academy Trust on this blended learning approach. BCPS has an international reputation for its use of technology in education and has been awarded 2020 EdTech Demonstrator School status by the Department for Education.
A comprehensive package of three programmes has been designed to support schools at every level on their EdTech journey delivered by a consortium of the National Grid for Learning, Sheffield Hallam University and The Education Foundation to help other schools in the region get the best out of education platforms.
COURSE 1. EdTech Vision
What should a blended learning environment look like to deliver outstanding education?
COURSE 2. EdTech Strategy
Creating an EdTech strategy to deliver high quality education and implementing a successful learning platform.
COURSE 3. EdTech Teaching and Learning
Supporting Teachers in developing the digital skills required for working in a blended learning environment.
All three courses are FREE to all schools.
To access the offer all schools are required to complete the following two steps prior to starting the courses to enable Cornerstone to access funding as an EdTech partner with the DfE:
1. Request for EdTech Support: here
2. Complete a ‘Project Initiation Document (PID)’ form: here
Please note: schools are only required to complete the above two steps once in order to access the three training courses.