UPTON-BY-CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
the story so far...
Upton-by-Chester High School is a secondary school based in Chester serving 1600 pupils and employing 110 teachers. They established a partnership with JTRS to deploy 1:1 iPad at KS3. The ongoing relationship between JTRS and the school encompasses technology supply, technical implementation and support and training for teachers.
what was the impact?
Students are able to establish themselves as independent learners via personalised feedback from their teachers and peers. The number of good/outstanding lessons has increased from 84% in 2012-13 to 91% in 2013-14. Teachers have noticed a dramatic increase in pupils engagement and enjoyment of lessons and as a result are much more self-motivated to learn.
Upton-by-Chester investigated a number of Apple resellers but selected JTRS because of the synergy and shared vision for teaching and learning development. JTRS invested time to work with the staff and the students so that Upton-by-Chester were able to achieve our educational aims. Other resellers had promised this in the past but have not fulfilled that promise.
starting with 'why?'
Did you have a vision for embedding the technology into the curriculum?
Upton-by-Chester High School strives to provide the highest possible standard of education for all our students. We are preparing our students for a world where digital technology is transforming social and work life at an ever increasing pace.
Technology has transformed almost every aspect of life from how people work in offices to how entertainment is consumed at home, yet to date this explosion of innovation has somehow bypassed education. However, technology has now reached a point where it is so easy to use that it can start to be effectively applied in mainstream education without the technical difficulties encountered in the past.
We want to ensure that every pupil has a personal iPad, that they use both in school and at home to support their learning.
1. We will use IT to enhance learning
2. We will have fast, instant access everywhere
3. All students will have equal access to resources
Why did you choose to invest in iPad?
An extensive comparison of various devices was undertaken and the iPad proved to be the most competitive in a number of key areas:
Full school day battery life
The huge breadth of educational content
Robust content creation device
Familiar and desirable
Intuitive to use, as there is only one input method
Range of inbuilt sensors and two cameras
Apple's closed ecosystem, means that only certified Apps can be installed, giving some degree of
confidence in the Apps to which students have access. The Apps will not contain viruses and can be restricted by age group.
the right partner for you?
There are many Apple resellers but we chose JTRS because they have a shared vision. They passionately want e-learning to be successful within our school. They are willing to invest the time to work with the staff and the students so that we achieve our educational aims. Other resellers have promised this in the past but have not fulfilled that promise.
Why did you invest in technical support with JTRS and why do you feel that it was important?
The technical support with JTRS is not only about getting things to work. We have invested in a company that advises us on all the possible way forwards, develops initiatives and understands what technology does and how it links with our needs. All too often schools have brought in systems they never needed or too advanced for what they delivered. We now have systems within the school that deliver exactly what we need and transform the way we interact with our Apple devices, traditional devices and the masses of data modern-day schools produce.
Why did you invest in training with JTRS and why do you feel that it is important?
It is vital that staff and students receive training in order to move the use of iPad from the substitution phase to the redefinition phase. Staff and students need to develop their confidence and ability to use the tools of education creatively. JTRS has worked at developing a course of Apple Professional Development workshops which enable this to happen. One particular success of the training is the development of iTunes U as a content delivery mechanism. Following APD training we now produce a huge range of courses to support pupils and to allow more opportunity for independent learning.
What impact has the introduction of iPad had on teaching and learning?
The most effective lessons are those where students receive highly personalised feedback and where the level of challenge is high for all students, so that they are self-motivated and develop as independent learners. The content must be engaging and any processing of information must be at a deep level. Used effectively the iPad provides the teacher with a greater set of tools at their disposal to facilitate outstanding lessons. The number of good/outstanding lessons has increased from 84% in 2012-13 to 91% in 2013-14.
If you ask teachers what would make the biggest difference to student progress they will say that it is the student's self-motivation, engagement and independent learning skills that will have the biggest impact on their success. An iPad offers new opportunities to motivate and engage students of all abilities. It empowers the student to take control of their learning and to work in a more individualised way.