EdTech Demonstrator Programme

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The EdTech Demonstrator programme will provide peer-led advice and training to help schools and colleges use technology to support remote teaching and improve their digital capability.  The reach of this programme will be expanded over the coming weeks, and schools and colleges can now register their interest in receiving support here: https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net/register-your-interest

Broadclyst Community Primary School (Cornerstone Academy Trust) has been selected as one of the schools that will be delivering the programme. BCPS, along with the other EdTech Demonstrators, will provide support and training to other schools in the region from this week and helping set up digital education platforms, which at this time of school closures will support schools in delivering home learning.  To view the press release, please click here.

FREE Webinar

Cornerstone Academy Trust will be running its first EdTech live event this Thursday (30 April) at 2.00pm on ‘Setting up a virtual school from scratch’.  The free webinar will offer training on how schools can set up and use resources most effectively to deliver remote teaching and can be booked at here.

The South West also offers Digital Learning Cornwall (operating within Aspire Academy Trust) who has been offering bespoke and scheduled CPD and consultation across MATs and primary schools for a number of years.  Their focus is always on streamlining EdTech processes; knowing that staff need quick-to-access, efficient workflows that can be utilised swiftly by typical primary education staff.  For more information on Digital Learning Cornwall (Aspire Academy Trust) please click here.

Remote Schooling: New EEF Evidence Review

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New EEF evidence review highlights core features that can unlock the potential of Remote Learning.
Pupils can learn through remote teaching, but there are some key steps to take to make sure it is as effective as possible.
This is according to a new review of the evidence on remote learning published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) today as part of a package of resources to help schools to support their pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, during this period of closures.

Read the Report Here 

Leading an International School Community through the Covid-19 crisis

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Leading an international school community through the Covid 19 crisis: TSC SW speaks to an international school leader on managing extended school closures. 

Sonya Papps has led her school community through three extended school closure periods in Taipei this year. In this article, she shares her reflections and learning in the hope that other school principals in other parts of the world might benefit, as well as help prepare colleagues if the C-19 pandemic requires more prolonged school closure. The British Secondary and High School is part of Taipei European School and has over 600 secondary age international students on roll.

Read the article here.

Online Lessons from Oak National Academy

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From Monday 20 April, learners can access 180 lessons a week for every year group from Reception through to year 10, through a new online platform, Oak National Academy. The enterprise which has been set up by teachers and is funded by the Department of Education, will provide video lessons for students, with each lesson coming with a corresponding quiz and worksheet. According to the Ambition Institute, each lesson will last one hour and the portal will provide the equivalent of three hours of lessons a day for primary students and four hours for secondary.

Link: https://www.thenational.academy/

BBC Bitesize Daily

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The BBC’s  educational offering has  shifted up a gear as it publishes daily lessons for schoolchildren from age 3-14. 

From today, lessons for pupils will be published through the new Bitesize Daily Lessons service on bbc.co.uk/bitesize. The first set of lessons will focus on the three core subjects – English and Mathematics for Primary and Secondary learners – as well as some occasional additional lessons on various subjects.

The pool of educational content available will grow as more and more lessons are added daily, and content will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

Lessons will be delivered through a mixture of video, animations, activities and games, to help children continue their learning whilst they’re not able to go to school.