EdTech Demonstrator Programme
Denbigh High School has been at the heart of a national initiative to help schools and colleges in England to develop their use of technology in education as the school took part in EdTech Week 2020 from 9th to 14th November.
Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Girls are part of the EdTech Demonstrator schools and colleges programme, a network selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to offer advice, guidance and training in effective use of technology. This includes ways technology can be used to support effective remote education arrangements, such as use of digital platforms and devices, as well as considering a long-term digital strategy.
EdTech Week included live policy panels, professional development sessions and a virtual EdTech Summit, where schools and colleges broadcast live, giving tips and advice to support others. The week also included a contribution from Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, MP.
During the week, Emma Darcy, Erin Corder and Sarah Northwood from Denbigh High School took part in sessions on Digital Strategies, Diversity and Inclusion and Developing a Creative Curriculum.
Ty Goddard, co-founder of The Education Foundation (one of the programme’s delivery partners) and Chair of Edtech UK, said; “Edtech Week 2020 was live and on-line, with schools and colleges from all over the country delivering advice, tips and support to others.The Edtech Demonstrator programme helps schools and colleges across England make the best use of digital learning; supporting teachers and pupils. Funded by the Department for Education, this national programme gives schools and colleges a helping hand to develop their on-line teaching and learning methods. This is all about teachers helping teachers at the most difficult of times.”
Since the end of the Summer Term, Denbigh High School has been working in partnership with Challney High School for Girls as one of the Department for Education’s national EdTech Demonstrator Schools. As part of the programme, this term staff from Denbigh have supported over 40 schools from elsewhere in the country with blended learning and developing their own digital strategies. Emma Darcy, Denbigh’s Director of Technology for Learning, has been acting as the programme lead for the school, along with James Searle and Ian Hayden in their Specialist Leader of Education roles. The school has also appointed fourteen other Digital Practitioners from a combination of teaching and support staff. These Digital Practitioners have each made three short films in their specialist areas which, as well as supporting the EdTech Demonstrator programme, are also featuring on the CTSA EdTech Chat YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLASg14MABn-NFxXp-b5rcQqBV2Fq2jglj.
Next term, the Digital Practitioners will be delivering webinars to support schools across the country.