Edtech 50 winners!
The Edtech 50 Schools awards were announced in May 2019 at a celebration event held at the House of Lords. Fifty schools were highlighted as pioneering the use of education technology to make the greatest difference to pupils, staff and parents from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Anderton Park Primary has been named as part of the prestigious Edtech 50 awards and features in a national publication that showcases imaginative uses of technology to support teaching and learning across the UK. The Edtech 50 report includes details of the schools’ work and has contributions from Ministers of Education from Wales, Scotland and England.
Edtech 50 Schools is organised by the Education Foundation and CEO & Founder, Ty Goddard said:
“I would like to congratulate the Edtech 50 schools. The power of education technology provides significant support to help students learn, reduce teachers’ workload and save money. There is great potential for edtech to help make a difference but it needs to be the right technology, implemented effectively, and with support for staff.
The Edtech 50 shines a spotlight on the schools leading the way, which we hope can inspire other schools across the UK.”
Pupils at Anderton Park Primary School speak over thirty languages and the intake includes the recent
arrival of children from Romania. While this rich diversity is valued, staff are acutely aware that
children were arriving in a country where they don’t speak a single word of the language and are then
expected to take national tests in years 1,2 & 6. One response was to move the IT curriculum
forward to ensure that ICT has been woven into all areas of the curriculum which could then in turn
begin to impact on English results. In January 2018, a project was started to increase attainment and
progress in English through ICT. The School has been working closely with
FlashAcademy to develop a flexible, immersive app which can support children, (and their parents)
to learn English reading across from their home language. When it became apparent that the vast
majority of the Romanian learners were not fluent in reading their own language, the team took this
feedback on board and added an ‘audio’ function. Forty children have used the app since January
2018. All the children spoke positively about using the app; including one pupil who said: “it’s hard but fun.”
Our judges were similarly impressed, liking the way this school ‘identified a problem and helped develop
a technological tool to solve it. This is a project with impact that can be reproduced elsewhere.