Providing a varied programme of continuous professional development that responds to the needs of staff isn’t easy. However, without regular ICT training, it is hard for staff to get the most out of the technology your school has already invested in.
Allocating a budget for ICT-focused CPD and yearly refreshers led by a team with the skillset to deliver the training your team requires, helps teaching staff use technology to enhance learning across the curriculum.
When senior leaders at Dunstall Hill Primary School, Wolverhampton, wanted to develop its staff’s use of technology in the classroom, they turned to the Learning Technologies team at Concero for help.
Improving staff confidence with hands-on training
The school has been working with the ICT services provider for XX years, so the Concero team knew what equipment and software was available to teachers. Concero Head of Learning Technologies, Alan Foster, delivered training to support learning in Maths, English, History and Coding.
‘We started by using Stop Motion on the school’s iPads to create stop-frame animations that brought together learning in English and History,’ explains Alan. ‘The teachers were able to go through the process the children would go through from start to finish so they really understood each step. They started by storyboarding a narrative linked to the children’s learning about the Battle of Bosworth, then made characters out of plasticine. Once they had created their own short animation, I showed them how to add sound, music and titles in i-Movie.’
The Learning Technologies team at Concero is also able to lead demonstration lessons, which gives teachers the chance to observe how technology can be used to support learning. At Dunstall Hill, Alan led a Year 4 coding lesson using Kodu, and a lesson in which Year 3 children recorded interviews with Roman soldiers then edited them using Audacity.
Developing a programme of meaningful CPD
‘A carefully planned programme of CPD helps improves standards in teaching and learning and can contribute positively to staff morale,’ notes Sean Russell, Head of Service Delivery and Support at Concero. ‘It is integral to a culture that promotes learning at a high level for staff and pupils and it gives staff the confidence to use technology to support the progress of their pupils.’
Dunstall Hill enjoys the benefits of Concero’s Gold Curriculum Support package. Both the Gold and Silver services include training, so schools can offer staff CPD that will add significantly to their skillset at no additional cost.
Concero will work with you to identify focus areas for staff training as part of the process of creating a three-year strategic ICT development plan for your school. This is a complimentary service that won’t cost you a penny. Training can be tailored to the specific needs of your staff but could cover, for instance, the use of Minecraft Education to support learning or getting the best out of iPads in the classroom.
To find out how training and CPD from Concero could contribute to the development of your staff and support the progress of your pupils, call 0333 111 004 or visit conerouk.com.