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EdTech Demonstrator Programme

For further details about what we can offer do not hesitate to contact edtechdemo@sghs.org.uk.

Skipton Girls’ High School is delighted to have been selected by the Department for Education for Phase 2 of the EdTech Demonstrator Programme. In this phase of the programme the focus is much more on the longer-term benefits effective use of EdTech can bring to teaching and learning.

Examples of the kind of support on offer include:

  1. Support for improving remote education and effective catch-up and recovery provision
  2. Focused support on improving specific aspects of your IT provision
  3. Support in creating a bespoke whole school EdTech strategy which could include the provision of 1:1 devices for students

The EdTech Demonstrator schools will pool their expertise to ensure the support on offer allows rapid and sustained improvement in the use of EdTech in the classroom and beyond.

Skipton Girls’ has had a 1:1 laptop scheme in place for over 10 years and over that period we have learnt a lot about such things as evaluating the right devices for you, funding models, infrastructure, networking, digital security and safeguarding as well as pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning.

At SGHS we have championed the use of technology to focus on enhancing:

  • Independent learning
  • Differentiated learning
  • Formative assessment
  • Collaborative learning
  • Blended learning especially through our use of the Firefly learning platform
  • Classroom creativity
  • Supporting Students with SEND
  • Parental partnership
  • Administrative efficiency

We have skilled senior leaders, teachers, IT support staff and administrators ready to assist you with your needs. Not only that but as we are part of the Northern Star Academies Trust we also have access to the expertise across our trust including the fantastic work going on across our 6 primary schools. This gives us insight into a whole range of different contexts and options when helping you develop your EdTech strategies.

Assistant Headteacher and EdTech Demonstrator Lead James Hoyle said, “we are extremely excited to have been selected for the second phase of the EdTech Demo Programme. It was so rewarding to assist schools during lockdown and we assisted a huge number of leaders, teachers and students in enhancing their remote practices and making best use of the technology available to them. It was inspiring to see some of the techniques, skills and practices that were developed so quickly out of the necessity that was Covid 19. It is so important to me that we do not just return to the status quo as students return to the classroom but that we take the best of what has been learnt and re-evaluate the relationship education has with the use of EdTech going forwards. I know that with the right strategies and resourcing models in place EdTech can make a huge contribution to the progress and enjoyment of learners.”

If you would like to become part of the growing network of schools using the EdTech Demonstrator Programme to enhance their EdTech practices and benefit from the sharing and celebration of that practice then please do sign up for the programme. Click on the link below to visit the EdTech Demo Programme’s website. We hope to be working with you very soon.

EdTech Demo Sign Up

When thinking about the development of your EdTech practices you may like to take a look at this guide we’ve produced to start off the process of how EdTech could best support your school.

Creating a Whole School EdTech Strategy

Our EdTech Youtube channel also includes some videos that you may find useful.  Here are links to a couple:

Making the Most of Technology in Primary Science EdTech

The Science Learning Partnership and the EdTech Demonstrator Programme are joining forces to deliver a fully funded, highly practical, inspiring, fun and creative look at how the use of technology in the primary classroom can improve the quality, outcomes and enjoyment of science in the KS2 curriculum. We will also be looking at ways in which tech can help the primary teacher with workload.

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