The recent feature in TES – ‘Covid: the EdTech project that trained 10,000 teachers’ – highlights the work we have been doing over the last year to support other schools and colleges on their digital journey.
The College was crowned a Department for Education (DfE) EdTech Demonstrator College and is now part of a small network of schools and colleges who have shown they can use technology effectively and have the capacity to help other education organisations do the same.
Assistant Principal, Jonathan Butler, who leads on the College’s digital strategy said:
“At Wilberforce we value and invest in skills for the future. We work tirelessly to ensure that our students are developing the digital capabilities and critical thinking skills they need to be successful in the future. We have developed a fully-inclusive and immersive digital learning environment across every area of our curriculum, which has established us as the first and only college in our sector to be recognised as a Microsoft Showcase College. To be one of only 40 institutions to be trusted to shape the digital future of UK education is a huge privilege and an excellent opportunity for the College to further enhance our status as pioneers, ambassadors and trailblazers in education technology.”
Wilberforce College is the only sixth form college in the UK to be awarded both Microsoft Showcase and DfE Demonstrator status. Our teachers have led the way by pushing forward with their own development and training, increasing their confidence, and gaining accreditations and qualifications. This has enabled them to develop an exemplary online learning platform that will be utilised fully as we move forward with our hybrid learning sessions. They have also used their expertise and enthusiasm to coach staff in other schools and colleges, both locally and nationally, to become more proficient in using educational technologies.
As a result of our progress and success, we have been awarded further funding to continue our role as an EdTech Demonstrator College to June 2022. This means that we will be expanding our support to help school and college leaders develop their own digital strategy based upon our vision and leadership priorities.
By the end of the project, we plan to have worked with over 40 schools and colleges in order to support the future of education in the UK.