St Alban’s and Bishop Challoner in Birmingham have successfully worked in partnership for some time.
An early focus was to develop the use of technology to improve teacher and pupil outcomes. This included the development of aspects of remote learning.
Our Journey With Educational Technology
A few years ago St Alban’s (primary) had very limited curriculum opportunities to use technology until a strong computing subject leader was appointed. The school now has a robust, stable and secure IT infrastructure, and has invested in hardware and software to support learning. Bishop Challoner (secondary) piloted a Netbook scheme 11 years ago. Now, all students benefit from having their own digital devices and their use has been embedded within and outside classrooms.
Both schools make effective use of a range of software including Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. Teams is used to run staff meetings and training, and a range of learning systems are used to allow learning from home, with teachers starting to deliver live lessons. They are used for “learning on the go” and we are about to roll out ClassCharts to further support their remote learning capability.
The two schools also use their websites to ensure that the work for pupils is visible, simple and accessible to all regardless of their home situation.
St Alban’s and Bishop Challoner work in partnership with all types of schools and colleges in the Midlands through the Teaching School, Maths Hub, Science Learning Partnership and Computing Hub. They are in contact with staff/facilitators who are experienced in the use of various learning platforms including Teams, Google Classroom and SeeSaw and who are also experts in providing school to school support. Bishop Challoner has an IT Support Team that is experienced in offering advice, guidance and remote technical support to schools. We are passionate about the benefits that technology can bring to both teachers and students and look forward to supporting colleagues through this programme