Behind successful 1:1 device programmes – reflections from BETT

By February 5, 20191:1 Technology

This year at BETT we were lucky enough to see and support two valued Freedom Tech customers deliver fantastic talks on how they are facilitating 1:1 learning in their schools.

While we work in the background to ensure devices get into the hands of as many students as possible and remove the admin burden and risk for the school, we truly understand and appreciate how much forethought and planning needs to go into these programmes from a learning perspective. Without the tireless work of the teaching staff and leadership, parent uptake and student adoption wouldn’t be where it needed to be for a successful programme.

It was fantastic to hear from both Emma Darcy, Director of Technology for Learning at Chiltern Learning Trust and Paul Edge, Deputy Head Teacher at Ribblesdale High School, about how they have made a real difference with 1:1 learning in their respective institutions.

If you missed their talks at BETT, not too worry! You can read all about their success stories right here on site.


Ribblesdale High School

After carefully evaluating best practice, including what other surrounding schools were doing in terms of 1:1, Paul Edge and the team at Ribblesdale started to gradually roll out a 1:1 device programme, beginning with Year 7. Currently in their third year of running a 1:1 programme, they now have an impressive 92% uptake rate. Utilising Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) across every department helps them facilitate ongoing CPD and continue to drive strong collaboration and coordination through technology.

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Denbigh High School

A part of the Chiltern Learning Trust Multi Academy Trust, Denbigh High School is currently the highest performing secondary school in Luton. Six years ago, Emma Darcy was appointed as Director of Technology and Learning in order to support staff and pupils with the effective use of technology across the curriculum. Emma was quick to get an understanding of how teachers were using technology to deliver lesson content, and identified a number of pain points and opportunities for development. Following a thorough trial period where pupil outcomes were measured carefully against a control group, Denbigh began a staged roll-out. The school have had incredible feedback from staff, students and parents alike, and are looking to replicate the approach in other schools in the Trust.

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If you’d like to discuss in more detail how a 1:1 device programme could help you enrich learning and drive real pupil outcomes in your institution, get in touch.

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