What is the Role of Demonstrator Schools and Colleges?
The DfE and delivery partners have selected twenty schools and colleges which have demonstrated excellence in their use of technology to enhance teaching and learning and have the capacity to help others. Although twenty schools have already been identified, there are plans to extend the reach of this programme over the coming weeks.
These schools and colleges represent a wide range of contexts who will offer packages of support, ranging from guidance, online tutorials, webinars and recorded content. Advice and training will be available to some schools and colleges across the country which are most in need of support, for example, those which have not set up an online remote learning system or have recently deployed a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.
Danesfield School is a Microsoft Training Academy has supported educational practitioners in the use of technology in education, locally as well as globally, for a number of years, presenting at a number of technology events including BETT. The school was awarded EdTech Demonstrator School status by a consortium including the Department for Education and the National Grid for Learning. Danesfield is running a range of EdTech webinars, providing expert technical support to other schools in the region, helping them to set up and effectively run a remote learning platform which is straightforward to use and enables regular communication between staff, children and parents.
Sarah Morgan, Headteacher at Danesfield, commented: “We are thrilled to be selected as an EdTech Demonstrator and look forward to being able to share our knowledge of how best to use technology to enhance teaching and learning, as well as our experience of running of training events, to support other schools to build their own online strategies and select their learning platforms. We will provide step-by-step guidance on how to set up and run an online-teaching platform as well as safeguarding online, supporting SEN and offering advice on wider curriculum opportunities. We will also be promoting pupil and teacher wellbeing during remote teaching, which is so important in these uncertain times.”