Edtech Demonstrator Impact Stories
This page gathers together some of the feedback from the 4,000 schools and colleges across England that the edtech demonstrator programme has supported, representing over 200,000 classroom staff and 2 million learners that the programme has helped. Over 1,500 videos and other resources are available from the programme website, and over 11,000 people attended the programme's online events from April 2020 to March 2021.
Falcon Junior School
"Because we've engaged with the programme we're now confident with setting assignments online and the other really successful thing is not just the teacher doing it - we've got the teaching assistants from the class as well, and we're able to write a really tight remote learning policy around what we're planning to do as a result of the programme. If we hadn't applied to the programme I think our remote learning would have been successful, but there would have been pockets of success across the school because lots of staff were at different levels of competency. What we were able to do was bring everybody up to the same standard and then staff were able to go and explore."
Edward Savage, Headteacher
Lawford Church of England Primary School
"The impact has been significant as all our development in the use of technology has proved invaluable as we enter into the third national lockdown. We would strongly recommend any schools considering applying to the programme to do so while it is still on offer. The careful matching of schools is a key element, and the peer-to-peer aspect has been invaluable, and is a key reason why we have been able to maintain our high quality daily teaching and learning approach across the whole school. For us the relationships made through the programme have been utterly invaluable."
Abigail Fairbairn, Headteacher
"Thank you so much for all the guidance! We are now successfully using Google Classroom. I have been in touch with Richard since regarding a query raised during trial of Google Classroom in our school. He replied really promptly. It is nice to know that the support is still there" - St Alphege CE Junior School
"The partnership with Grimsby Institute has been invaluable in terms of developing our digital learning strategy, based upon their extensive experience of delivering digital excellence. Staff have had the opportunity to develop their digital skills through a wide range of staff development opportunities. The partnership has also opened up opportunities for the sharing of good practice in a wide range of areas, including curriculum 2030 and curriculum purchasing. This has had a positive impact on our curriculum offer" - Loughborough College
"Just a huge thank you to the team, it would have taken us so much longer to get our heads around Google Classroom and now it has become part of our everyday learning" - Ashton-under-Hill First School
Great Chesterford C of E Primary Academy
"When I applied to the programme I was matched with a headteacher David Macguire from Coupals primary school in Haverhill which is quite local to us. We had an initial meeting where we talked about what we could get out of the programme. For us we were really looking at ways we could streamline our teacher workload and work smarter, with the use of technology. David talked through lots of Office365 apps and how we could best utilise them to work smarter as teachers. It was interesting because we already had access to all these apps but we didn't know what they did or how to use them. I think the biggest thing we got out of the programme was that it gave the teachers and myself as the leader the confidence to try new things. We also saw in our second lockdown now how we can use these apps to communicate our remote learning strategy and provision and the feedback has been really powerful from the parents and children - they've enjoyed it! The programme itself has been pivotal in helping us achieve that."
Amy Sargeant, Deputy Headteacher
"Daren White provided excellent support throughout this journey and adjusted the programme to the needs of individuals/ groups and whole school at various points. He has been excellent at getting back to us with solutions and gone above and beyond" - Ryders Hayes
"We have benefitted immensely and are now able to offer a more substantial hybrid learning model across the whole school, which all staff are able to deliver. THANK YOU" - All Saints CE First School
"In October our year six class bubble was sent home at 11am due to a positive Covid test result. By 1pm the teacher was at home delivering the afternoon session to all pupils online, this teacher was newly qualified and in their first term of teaching. Parent feedback has been fantastic. This is all thanks to engaging with Grimsby Institute through the Edtech Demonstrator programme" - Airy Hill Primary
Church Hill C of E Junior School
"I felt quite overwhelmed and out of my comfort zone, when I came across the edtech demonstrator programme - I submitted my form and was put in touch within two days with Jo Stone the edtech demonstrator lead working at Kibworth. She's just been absolutely wonderful and it's been fantastic working with her. If we hadn't have received the support that we've had we would not have been able to move forward with such speed. Training of the staff and giving them the confidence to use Teams has been greatly beneficial and my advice for anybody who is thinking about using the edtech demonstrator programme - it is definitely worth it, and shows the teaching profession at its best."
Diane Brown, Assistant Head Teacher
"I just wanted to say how much my staff have got out of your training. It has provided the nudge for them to take the plunge and the results have been very encouraging. We did our first week with Y11 last week, and staff and student feedback was very positive. The impact has been phenomenal in that we have taken a big leap forwards because of it" - Withernsea High School
"We will build in the videos and sessions into planning with staff moving forward and the resources on the Ed tech box have been great!" - Saint Marys Congleton
"We were very new to the support offered By Hadrian Primary and our plan of action was set for Spring term 2021. With partial closure of schools from 5/1/2021 Jess and her team have been amazing. Her team has helped us through a rapid transition into providing online teaching and learning through Google Classroom and now into a safeguarded position of virtual sessions to suit the community we serve. I thank Jess and her team for the support and guidance they have given us in these challenging times" - Laygate Community School
New Cangle Community Primary School
"I applied to the programme because I wanted to think about how we were using technology in our school, and not just in the short term. It was during lockdown and there were immediate implications about how we were setting up remote learning - I wanted some advice about that and also wanted to think ahead about the future and get in contact with people who were using technology successfully in their schools. I've been supported by David Macguire at Coupals in Haverhill, who has been really helpful. There are no cons to applying to the programme - it's great to have other schools giving you friendly advice, helping you with what you've got in school and talking you through your situation. I'd definitely urge any senior leaders out there to apply for the programme."
Jacqueline Brading, Headteacher
"I would like to thank you and the team for the invaluable support and guidance you have provided to Bradford College in the development of our approach to our digital journey and strategy. You have provided vision, motivation and encouragement that has enthused colleagues to rapidly reflect on their practice and identify the positive impacts that digital learning can have on the student experience. Thanks again for your support and I look forward to working with you in the future" - Bradford College
"We have been involved with Grimsby Institute since September and never has there been a time when we needed ICT or ICT help more! I cannot believe how supportive and helpful Grimsby Institute have been; they have gone over and above to support myself and my staff in coming to grips with on line learning/ teaching. We have learnt ways to accept work that is not confined just to the written word. These skills we are leaning are making such a difference to how we can deliver lessons and involve our pupils." - St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy
"We have thoroughly enjoyed our time working with Grimsby as part of the EdTech demonstrator programme, providing the arena to share practice in a wider collaborative approach has given time for reflection and creativity, the opportunity to join discussions on innovative practice and review how digital technology can enhance the learner experience has been excellent" - Barnsley College