Demonstrator Schools and Colleges
Denbigh High School with Challney High School for Girls (Chiltern Learning Trust)
Denbigh High School
Located in Luton, Bedfordshire, Denbigh High School has a strong local and national reputation as an outstanding school. We have 1120 students between the ages of 11 and 16 and since September 2013 we have been part of a multi-academy trust called the Chiltern Learning Trust. We are a high-achieving school with an excellent track record for academic and wider achievement.
Denbigh is a thriving and happy learning community where expectations and standards are very high. Driven by our core value statement, ‘high achievement for all is our shared responsibility’, we are completely committed to inspiring and supporting our students so that they seek excellence in all aspects of school life – regardless of their ability or background.
Challney High School for Girls
Challney High School for Girls is a large 11-16 Secondary school in Luton. In January 2020 we were delighted to become one of the first secondary schools inspected under the new Ofsted framework to be graded as Outstanding. This year we received an SSAT Educational Outcomes award for being in DfE Band 1 for student progress at key stage 4.
At Challney High School for Girls our vision is to ‘Develop influential women of the future’. We are committed to achieving academic excellence for our students and are committed to ensuring that they flourish personally and make a difference to the world around them: locally, nationally and internationally.
Our Journey With Educational Technology
Denbigh High School
As a result of the implementation of a successful Technology for Learning Strategy, the school has achieved both national and international recognition, with achievements over the past seven years including students presenting at the BETT Show, The Academies Show, at WE Day UK (at Wembley Arena) and on BBC World News. Students have also won the BAME Microsoft Schools Award and five awards at the national Apps for Good Awards, including the School of the Year award.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020 the school hosted international Technology for Learning visits from French education dignitaries, policy-makers and leaders, including senior representatives from the Ministère de l’Education Nationale in Paris. The school is the only secondary in Herts, Beds and Bucks to have received the prestigious Online Safety Mark award.
The Chartered College of Teaching recognised the school as working at the cutting edge of pedagogy by filming a range of staff speaking about their practice and showcasing lessons for the CCoT’s two online Technology for Learning courses. In 2019 Denbigh was selected as an EdTech 50 school - one of the top 50 schools in the UK for effective use of technology to support and enhance learning.
Finally, UNESCO selected the school as one of just a handful of case studies illustrating worldwide best practice in the use of mobile devices to support attainment for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Denbigh case study and the practice that is shared more widely across the Chiltern Learning Trust is hosted on the UNESCO website and has been showcased in a UNESCO publication which was disseminated to governments across the world.
Challney High School for Girls
At Challney High school For Girls we were fortunate to have a new build school in 2011. This significantly improved the availability and functionality of technology in the school. Since then we have developed a well established VLE (Firefly) and more recently adopted Gsuite across the school. We feel that a blended approach to learning is most beneficial for our students with technology and traditional teaching methods working hand in hand to develop collaboration, increase engagement and to develop independent learners who are well prepared for future challenges. The time saving aspect for staff is also key and developing aspects such as customised online lessons, setting tasks/homework online and using digital tools for marking, feedback and assessment has proven productive.
We see staff development as essential in supporting the effective use of technology and as such invest heavily in this area. All our teachers are trained in the SSAT TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme) framework which includes the effective use of ICT as one of its underpinning elements. Our CPD programme enables staff to share their expertise and all staff are welcome to contribute. Weekly HITT (High Impact Teacher Training) bitesize sessions and half termly CCCs (Challney Collaborative Communities) supplement INSET time in developing staff competence with technology. Peer to peer support, sharing good practice and developing a culture of collaboration has undoubtedly accelerated development in this area. Our annual technology staff survey illustrates the success of this approach indicating a huge improvement in the confidence of our staff in using technology whether that be by themselves, with colleagues or to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom .
Particular areas of expertise
Developing a blended learning approach.
Developing platforms for learning, VLE, GSuite including Google Classroom.
Pastoral applications of technology and ideas for KS2-3 transition.
What we can offer
EdTech transformation strategy
The consortium has extensive experience in supporting schools and colleges with the development of EdTech Transformation strategies. It is highly likely that an audit of how technology has been used in times of remote learning needs to be the starting point, to ensure it has been implemented and used in the best way to maximise impact. It is essential that this is considered before implementing more widely into the normal day-to-day running within school.
1:1 Device Schemes
The consortium can support schools with the logistics of introducing and delivering a 1:1 device scheme.
On-line Safety / Security
All members of the consortium can provide support in how to deliver remote learning in a secure way, to ensure young people remain safe, across all phases of education.
The consortium is equipped to provide a full range of support to ensure that young people with specific needs can get the most from remote learning.
Pupil and teacher wellbeing
The consortium has extensive experience in supporting teachers and pupils, working remotely, from the wellbeing perspective. EdTech has been used routinely in both schools, to reduce teacher workload in a number of ways.
With the systems at our disposal including our network of Digital Practitioners, we can offer support in whatever form is required. We have experience of running webinars and on-line sessions to support schools and peers to use technology effectively. We are also equipped to produce and provide pre-recorded content to be accessed ‘on-demand’ by the wider education community.