The Academy has moved into a new era where all pupils are provided with their own personal 1-1 device. Whilst some form of digital technology and blended learning has been present in the Academy we are now ensuring that our teaching and learning pedagogies are embedding this effectively.

‘By digital technology we mean the use of computer and technology assisted strategies to support learning within schools. Approaches in this area vary widely, but generally involve: technology for students, where learners use programmes or applications designed for problem-solving or open-ended learning; or technology for teachers, such as interactive whiteboards or learning platforms’.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Providing pupils with personal 1-1 devices introduces a new strand to our digital technology strategy where teaching approaches and pedagogies will be enhanced and more effective learning opportunities created. Pupils having their own devices can extend and broaden pupils’ learning environments beyond the classroom, without limitations, to a ‘learn anytime, learn anywhere’ philosophy.

The implementation of digital technologies and use of applications for teaching practitioners are equally broadened, further enhancing the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum. Opportunities for practitioners to deliver a more cohesive, blended learning approach can be strategically implemented to further differentiate learning, creating more personalised experiences that incorporates pupils to become more digitally able and independent. Providing pupils with the facilities, resources and knowledge to learn via electronic and online media, as well as traditional face-to-face teaching, will ensure that we maximise the best of both aspects to ensure greater personalisation and supporting pupils to become more well rounded learners ready for the next step in their chosen pathway. Students who are adept to using technology throughout their learning and education journey at the Academy will be prepared for Further and Higher Education and to enter the workplace of choice and it will equally prepare those who are keen to study more specialised courses or careers where technology is the focus.

Our digital vision extends to developing our practitioners competencies with digital applications and technologies whereby they have all secured their Google Level 1 certification and those whose role and responsibilities, and some who aspire to, achieve the Google level 2 certification. Creative learning opportunities will be developed by teachers who are technologically minded and digitally skilled and this will be embedded as part of a timely and appropriate CPD programme.