UK

Education through technology

Our expertise in high-quality online learning is woven in to all our professional development, providing flexible and accessible learning opportunities, and tailored training to meet the needs of the teachers and leaders we work with.

Our blended learning model, which combines face-to-face and remote provision, includes a feature-rich, mobile-friendly online learning platform and video coaching software to ensure that our programme of support is as accessible and flexible as possible. This enables participants to access programme materials at a time and place to suit them, minimising workload pressures, with scope for differentiation and extension of learning opportunities, to help tailor learning materials for participants at different levels.

Our use of technology in our professional development programmes helps to provide a seamless participant experience, as our platforms can be used for outreach, event registration, remote learning, and even remote classroom observation. Our system also enables partner and client platform integration and the use of participant data to support delivery, driven by our Learning Management System.

Our work through the London Connected Learning Centre

Through our work at the London Connected Learning Centre (CLC), which forms part of Education Development Trust, we support schools and other educational settings in using digital technologies creatively and critically. We provide outstanding curriculum support, technical services and run a range of professional development programmes on using technology in education.

CLC aims to embed technology use into all areas of the curriculum, based on the principle that every young person deserves the digital skills and critical mindset to prepare them for adult life. Our effective and engaging curriculum workshops and continuous professional development programmes are always based on sound pedagogical research, and our technical team offers expert, independent advice with best value in mind.

Through our work at CLC, we help senior leaders make informed choices about IT, support teaching staff to feel confident in using technology, and work with school technicians to provide high-quality technical services. We aim to involve the whole school community – from governors and business managers to pupils and families – to help them understand, use, benefit from and enjoy new technologies.

Our response to Covid-19: adapting our programme delivery

Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have adapted our delivery and the ways in which we support schools in these challenging times. In our Schools Partnership Programme (SPP), we have developed a new model: the SPP Rapid Response model, in conjunction with school leaders, to support our school partnerships through the disruption of the pandemic. In this new model, we explore how the SPP peer review process can be best adapted to meet the current needs of schools in the UK and better reflect the new ways of working that have arisen in response to the pandemic. We also offer practical advice and guidance for school leaders. The model has been rolled out in online training sessions, in which we offered support, tools and guidance for continuing SPP partnerships and peer review processes in a fully or partially online format. We received excellent feedback from our SPP Rapid Recovery Training:

'Great to see you are embracing this new way of working and learning for peer review. Fantastic […] to see all your excellent resources.'

'Really useful session in terms of content and interactive tools were very engaging. Best online training I have attended to date. Thank you!'

While the current public health situation has pushed all of us to make greater use of technology, we are keenly aware of the importance of collaboration and dialogue to professional learning. We have carefully designed our online sessions, for example in our recent Future Teaching Scholars conferences, to retain and replicate the benefits normally experienced in face-to-face sessions. Our expert teams have worked to leverage technology for optimum interactivity from the planning stage, allowing participants to engage with the content, work together in groups to explore topics, and discuss and learn from each other’s experiences – in short, offering the same opportunities for interaction and discussion that participants would have had at an in-person event.