About the Edtech Demonstrator Programme
The Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme includes a network of schools and colleges across England who exhibit effective practice in the use of technology.
The programme was announced in 2019 to boost peer-to-peer support on the effective use of technology and has subsequently been tailored to help schools and colleges provide education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reach of this programme has been expanded in response to demand to a network of 48 ‘demonstrator’ schools and colleges.
The Demonstrator Schools and Colleges have provided professional development, initially focussed on supporting the effective delivery of remote teaching practices to schools and colleges across the country. The programme targeted 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.
The Programme included:
advice, guidance and training including a mix of group support through webinars, recorded content and peer to peer discussions. It also included content on the use of online learning platforms, digital safety, supporting the needs of pupils with SEND and how to promote pupil and teacher wellbeing during remote teaching.
a universal offer of support, provided by the Delivery Partners and delivered through this website. This offer drew on the work of the Demonstrator Schools and Colleges and provided schools and colleges across the country with access to recorded tutorials, advice and guidance aimed at supporting effective remote working.
"I've always recognised the potential new technology has as part of a blended learning approach to enhance learning and build links between home and school- it's been central to the success of King Ecgbert School since I was appointed in 2016. When we had to close due to Covid19 on Friday March 20th we reopened the following Monday morning as a Virtual School using technology most schools can already access. We are proud to be asked to support other schools with capitalising on Education Technology to minimise the loss of learning at this difficult time."
Headteacher of King Ecgbert School, Paul Haigh