Demonstrator Schools and Colleges
Basingstoke College of Technology
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) offers a wide range of full-time courses and apprenticeships. We provide a different way of learning and use technology to bring education to life. Students can enjoy engaging lessons and benefit from digital tools including Google classroom and virtual reality.
We have excellent industry links, working with local and national employers to ensure our students learn the skills needed in their industry. 97% of our students progress to university, employment or further study*.
*Based on BCoT destinations data 2019
Our Journey With Educational Technology
In 2015, the college allowed a teacher recognised for outstanding digital skills, to build and develop a Student Digital Leaders programme. The aim was to train all staff and students in staffrooms and classrooms and on INSET days to turnaround their low digital skills, a key issue identified in a staff survey.
This student-focused and led approach was praised by Ofsted and in 2016 evolved into a Digital Team at the college based around the Student Digital Leaders, and gained two Learning Technologist Apprentices and Learning Facilitators (formerly Librarians) to support one hour of timetabled ‘Blended Learning’ across all courses.
The ‘Blended Learning’ hour has woven engaging, relevant and meaningful digital learning into all courses over the last four years and made independent digital skills as essential to learners progress at the college as English and maths.
All students develop course specific digital skills needed for their respective destinations eg IT competence, research, online safety, project-based learning, and social media/ portfolio building (Level 1 to Level 4) across all subjects (from Hair to Automotive).
Since 2018 the college has won awards1 while continuing to share best practice as well as our failures with other educators online, at conferences, and with an open-door policy to help peers develop their own Digital Strategy.
Since Covid-19 BCoT have moved all lessons online through the use of Google Meet, Classroom, and Drive so students have access to learning remotely since lockdown and do not miss out on the pastoral support or the bridge between college and apprenticeships, HE and/or employment that the summer term will give them.
1 TES FE Award: Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment. EdTech 50 recognition, and being named as a Google Reference college among others
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