We are delighted to have been appointed to the DfE EdTech Demonstrator Programme. The EdTech Demonstrator Programme includes a network of schools and colleges across England who exhibit effective practice in the use of technology.
The programme was announced last year to boost peer-to-peer support on the effective use of technology and has now been tailored to help schools and colleges provide education remotely. The reach of this programme will be expanded over the coming weeks.
The Demonstrator Schools and Colleges will provide professional development, initially focussed on supporting the effective delivery of remote teaching practices to schools and colleges across the country. The programme will target schools and colleges who are most in need of support; for example, those getting to grips with using a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.
Through this programme our consortium will assist the DfE in supporting schools in the local area to engage with their students through digital tools and online content.
- For more information on our involvement in the Demonstrator programme please click here.
- If you are a school that would like to benefit from the Demonstrator programme please click here.
Who are we
West Suffolk College Group are working together with our consortium members to support and guide you through this period of change no matter where your school is on its digital journey
- West Suffolk College Group
- Suffolk Academies Trust including Abbeygate Sixth Form College and One Sixth Form College
- Swavesey Village College
- ConnectED Teaching School Alliance led by Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.
Inclusion is at the heart of West Suffolk College and as such teaching teams have long recognised the need for diverse teaching delivery methods to cater for the specific needs and preferences of all students.
While lectures and tutorials prior to the Covid-19 pandemic were primarily face to face, students have also benefited from supporting resources such as recorded lectures and tutorials available online through a range of platforms. This practice allows us to be mindful of Safeguarding and helps differentiate any specific requirements for SEND or EAL students, ensuring engagement and attainment are improved in all areas and disciplines for all cohorts.
Therefore, it has been a short step to engage both teaching staff and students in remote learning during the period of school closures. In addition, the college group has worked collaboratively with schools to provide a remote transition package for students moving onto A levels, vocational and apprenticeships next term, thus ensuring continuity and sustained engagement with future cohorts.
Key to any learning is timely, constructive assessment and feedback to students, these criteria remain at the heart of the consortiums approach to both face-to-face and remote delivery.
The consortium schools and colleges benefit from each other’s extensive knowledge with dedicated professional learning teams that work collaboratively to share good practice and deliver targeted training needs and support, using the following platforms to support remote teaching.
West Suffolk College is the lead school for the Suffolk NCCE Computing Hub whilst Swavesey Village College is a successful Science Learning Partnership and therefore the consortium benefits from their expertise in both technical development and platform delivery, supplemented by our forward-thinking IT departments.
How we can support you
No matter where you are on your digital journey we will support you through a professional development package so that your staff can use a range of strategies to confidently deliver, assess and feedback effectively to their pupils.
We can offer:
- Technical guidance documents
- Pre-recorded Webinars
- Live CPD sessions
- Bespoke School to School support
We are currently updating our calendar of events so check back here in the next week to find out about our remotely delivered CPD session titles and dates.
How do I access this support?
To access our digital guidance documents and webinars you should visit our page on the EDTech Demonstrator school site here.
To book onto one of our Live sessions, please visit the EDTech upcoming events page here.
For bespoke support, please contact us (see below) or complete the request for help form on the EDTech website here.
- Remote Learning Progress Support Service (including a free remote learning health check)
For more information about the EDTech Demonstrator School programme and how it can benefit your school please contact us at:
EdTech Demonstrator Lead
West Suffolk College
Out Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds