Realising the potential of technology in education: HES' round-up of the DfE's new strategy
The UK government recently unveiled a new education technology (EdTech) strategy backed by funding of £10 million to drive innovation and raise attainment in schools, colleges and universities across England.
The strategy outlined several education challenges that it wishes to address by harnessing the power of technology, beginning with easing teachers’ heavy workloads. The strategy plans to address how technology can be used to cut down time teachers spend on this sort of administrative task, as well as tackling cheating and improving training opportunities for teachers.
To help deliver this training, the government will also be launching a series of demonstrator schools and colleges to showcase the best practices of using edtech and help teachers gain access to peer to peer support. Free training courses from the Chartered College of Teaching will accompany this initiative in order to help teachers make the best use of technology.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said, “We are living in a digital world with technology transforming the way we live our lives – both at home and in the workplace. But we must never think about technology for its own sake. Technology is an enabler and an enhancer. For too long in education, technology has been seen as something that adds to a teacher’s workload rather than helps to ease.”
Another challenge laid out in the strategy was harnessing the power of technology in special education. Technology has long been seen as an enabler and a leveller in this area; it can make education accessible and improve learning outcomes for learners who have struggled to access traditional or mainstream education.
The potential in connecting schools to businesses is also highlighted in the strategy. Bringing teachers together with innovators will, it is hoped, help to tackle common challenges and ensure that future products or solutions are developed with schools’ needs front and centre. Working with Nesta, the innovation foundation, the DfE hopes to find edtech solutions for formative assessment, parental engagement and marking, other challenges laid out in the strategy.
The strategy also highlighted a new service, LearnED, run in conjunction with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) which will allow schools to try educational edtech solutions before investing in them.
The DfE is now forming an edtech Leadership Group, which will be responsible for determining the future use and implementation of technology throughout the education sector.
To read the full report from the DfE, click here.
Avoid Penalty Charges: New Car Parking Process at CEME
You may be aware of the introduction of the ANPR car parking charges on Monday 3rd June 2019 at the CEME Campus where our Learning and Development Centre (HES training rooms) is situated.
I wanted to reassure you that delegates and visitors registered to attend any of our training courses, meetings or other events held in training rooms 233, 234, 235 or at any other location within the CEME Conference Centre will be exempt from car park charges. HES will be absorbing the cost of our guests' car parking costs. To avoid parking penalty notices, please pay close attention to the process for exemption outlined below.
From Tuesday 28th May, three tablet-sized terminals will be installed in our training rooms: 233, 234 & 235.
You will be required to register by entering your vehicle registration number and surname on the terminals. Please open the attachment for a mock-up of the terminal screen.
Once you have registered, your vehicle will be exempt for the whole day. You will need to register for each day that you use the car park, i.e. exemption runs on a daily basis.
For training and events which are not taking place in training rooms 233, 234 & 235, such as the Traded Services Conference, a process for applying for exemption will be communicated to you in advance.
Please note that the registration system is fully GDPR compliant.
You might also find it useful to know that, in general, CEME campus will only charge users of the conference centre a discounted charge of £1 per day.
This information has been sent to all headteachers, business and finance managers. Due to the nature of the information, I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to all staff.
Head of Education Traded Services
Admissions and Inclusions: High Needs Strategy: Two Year Review Consultation with Early Years’ Providers (May 2019)
A copy of the High Needs Strategy: Two Year Review Consultation with Early Years’ Providers (May 2019) invitation document is attached.
Early Years Providers are invited to attend a one-off focus group meeting to consider the outcomes of the review. This session is taking place on:
Thursday 27 June 2019
10:30am - 12noon
Room 235, CEME, Marsh Way, Rainham RM13 8EU
The Two-Year Review will consider how well we have achieved the aims set out in the Strategy and the subsequent action plan. We will also look at next steps to address any gaps in provision identified by the review and develop a new action plan to take these forward.?
To give feedback via email or to request a place on the focus group, please contact Emma Ferrey, SEND Project Manager at email@example.com.
DfE Consultation Re: possibility of a LA registration system for children who do not attend state-funded or registered independent schools
Dear Head Teacher,
As you will be aware, the Department for Education is currently consulting on the possibility of a local authority registration system for children who do not attend state-funded or registered independent schools.
It seeks views on proposed legislation to establish:
a register maintained by local authorities of children not attending mainstream schools duties on parents and the proprietors of certain educational settings.
It also consults on proposed legislation to establish a duty to support parents who educate children at home and seek support from their local authority in doing so. This is just a quick reminder that the consultation is still open, and can be accessed by clicking here
Unique Offers for Schools: Leadership Matters Resources
HES is proud to announce a new partnership with education business, Leadership Matters.
The aim of the partnership is to provide cost-effective leadership development for our customers in Havering and beyond the borough.
Leadership Matters is a complete online resource to support leaders at all levels, from those aspiring to middle leadership right through to those in executive roles. Through a mix of content and diagnostic tools, members can develop their leadership skills and apply these to suit their context for the betterment of pupil outcomes.
Exclusively for Havering schools and academies, maintained schools will receive their first year’s license free and academies will benefit from a 50% discount. Existing members will have their licenses extended until April 2020 at no extra cost.
For schools beyond Havering, Leadership Matters is offering the opportunity to purchase a full year’s licence with a 12.5% discount. Each member school will receive 5 complimentary books (3 copies of Leadership Matters 3.0 and 2 copies of Leadership Matters Reflective Journal) which have a retail value of around £14 each.
For any queries about these offers, would like to find out more, or would like to purchase, call our customer support team on 01708 431 561 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.