(The Award video below is free for all to view, the commentary video is available to all Naace members)
Comments from the judges (video below)
- Technology is embedded across the curriculum and is used as a tool to enhance rich and engaging learning experiences.
- The Lego training centre allows pupils to teach teachers from the local community how to use the WeDo kit.
- Technology is used creatively to empower pupils to integrate green screen, virtual reality and screen recording apps into their workflows.
- The combination of technology to support and inform the wider community is impressive with text messaging services, social media and class blogs all used to very good effect.
- Cloud services are also being used by teachers to store, share and collaborate using features like One Note.
- Communicated with the stakeholders is strong feature of the school and text messaging services combine with social media and blogs to keep parents, local business and the wider community informed and engaged.
- ICT is firmly embedded into the school with a clear emphasis on technology being used to enhance learning
- Technology is being used in purposeful and creative ways such as movie making, lego creation, ibooks, comics, blogs
- Pupil led learning – children teaching each other, parents and teachers in a manner which they choose
- Children as educators via eSafety Cadets and Digital Directors
- Collaborative learning, peer assessment and self-assessment evident throughout
- Engagement with community via website, twitter, parent alert emails
- Increased parental involvement evident by use of technology
- Linking with other schools and professionals to share ideas and share good practice
- Technology moving AFL forward by closer tracking of children
All Saints in Wales school has developed a number of strengths and these are supported by the high resource levels. There is a wide range of technologies which have been purchased to achieve a wide range of specific learning outcomes:
- Pupils are empowered to know when and how to use the technologies.
- Pupils can work independently and collaboratively in a wide range of contexts.
- Pupils and teachers have access to a range of technologies which facilitate self- and peer-assessment as well as monitoring pupil progress in order to meet individual learning needs and set appropriate targets for all learners.
- Specialist provision, such as the Legoland learning pod, enables pupils to develop a clear understanding of coding, writing algorithms, testing and evaluating these in order to achieve a specific outcome.
- E-Safety – support structures managed by the children who take on roles of Digital Directors, Digital Leaders and e-Cadets, are very well established and have a significant impact on how all pupils in the school develop safe and responsible attitudes to technologies. In addition, the expertise of the e-Cadets is used to support other schools within the consortium, with the e-Cadets working with both teachers and children.
- As a Specialist Improvement Centre, the school plays an important role in developing different areas of expertise, supported by the use of technology, within the consortium and within their own school. Both staff and pupils are involved in these training events.