Realising the potential of technology in education: HES' Whitepaper Round-up
The UK government recently unveiled a new 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.
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.
New online finance qualifications available on HES portal
HES is pleased to announce a new working partnership with Educator Solutions. Through this trusted partnership, we are able to offer our schools access to Educator Solutions’ highly commended Bookkeeping in Education and Administering Finance in Education qualifications.
Bookkeeping in Education and Administering Finance in Education are comprehensive online learning packages created by fully qualified, experienced professionals and tailored to all school settings. These fully accredited online packages are available to purchase from the HES portal.
Shola Omogbehin, Head of Education Traded Services, and Nick Carter, Principal Finance Officer (Schools), said of the qualifications, “We are confident that customers will receive practical and indispensable learning that can be put to use from day one. We feel this will be of particular interest to staff new to academy accounting or those who think they may be working in that context in the future. It also offers a good foundation to those staff who are looking to pursue a career in finance and accounting particularly relating to schools.”
Educator Solutions is a not-for-profit trading enterprise, wholly owned by Norfolk County Council, providing a range of quality products and services to schools. Educator Solutions’ ethos to deliver high quality services to schools to improve educational outcomes aligns with HES, thus providing a fitting partner for the benefit of our customers.
For more information about Bookkeeping in Education and Administering Finance in Education, click here and here.
If you have any queries or to book your place, call HES’ Customer Support Team on 01708 431 561 or email email@example.com.