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Our experience, expertise and our mission to enhance learning through 1:1 technology for every child makes us a partner of first choice for schools engaging with technology in learning.

We are passionate about getting IT right for our schools, teachers, school children and their families

Schools

Are you a school looking to engage with tech in your learning and management systems? The Learning Foundation has a successful 20-year history of working with schools to effectively implement learning into schools in a way that is effective, sustainable and equitable. We work with schools at all levels to explore what works and would work for you.  We have unrivalled experience which is free and objective. Call us today on 01344636413 or email us at info@learningfoundation.org.uk. 

Do you have devices to offer to schools – new or second hand?  Or are you a school that is struggling with accessing devices for the school or for your students?  In which case we can help.  We have developed a partnership with ADISA – the acknowledged leaders in the UK on governance around refurbished IT and built a  consortium of specialist organisations able to help. Click here for more.

Digital Poverty Alliance

Launched by the Learning Foundation in 2021, in partnership with the Institute of Engineering & Technology and Currys plc, we are driving change in digital poverty with the ambition of ending digital poverty in the UK once and for all by 2030.. Click here for more.

Tech4 Teachers

Are you a teacher struggling to get access to a good device at home?  The Learning Foundation, in collaboration with our partnership with Currys and others in the DPA and DAFA, are pleased to be able to offer devices for teachers who don’t have a device that suits their needs at home. Click here for more.

Is Tech right for my school, my teachers and my pupils?

The short answer is "Yes!"

  • Digital technology is an undeniable and unavoidable facet of life in C21st Britain and schools exist to prepare children to become productive adults in our society;
  • Moreover, access to digital technology is already providing a competitive advantage for many pupils and therefore needs to be exploited with determined professionalism by all schools if we are, societally, interested in equal opportunities for all children;
  • Digital technology has a clear role to play in enhancing many of the well-understood and evidenced processes of teaching and of learning. Every teacher is interested in being as effective as they possibly can, and the teacher who is provided with highly functional, reliable digital tools with which they can confidently teach will be more effective than one who is not. Some very obvious examples exist in technologies that have been unquestioningly co-opted into standard practice – large screen projection and visualisers.
  • For learners, the starkest differences in opportunity exist between those whose learning is limited to the times they are physically in school, and those who have access to a high quality curriculum and meaningful tasks connected to it far beyond 3pm. The maximal gain that technology offers pupils is its ability to keep them learning for far longer than would otherwise be the case.
Does Technology make a difference?

Yes it does and has already done so for you and for millions of young people

Listen to this video about how technology has enhanced engagement, excitement, independence and ambition in these pupils. Listen to teachers and parents talk about this for a few minutes.  How one school closed an attainment gap in less than a year.  This is a primary school with a huge number of children speaking different languages and coming from different perspectives. Enabling children to move up into secondary school engaged with learning and ready to take the next step.

Isn't it expensive and time consuming?

Yes and No - but worth every bit of that investment

You know how it is.  You have a class of 25 or a school of 1000.  80% of those pupils are doing well comparatively but there is a stubborn 20% who are struggling and continue to struggle. But, in reality, it has been tough with all of your pupils to get them where you need to and want to; to teach them and to assess them and to give them each the time and focus that you would have liked to if only……  But – what has really changed in terms of the way we deliver education in 2021 compared to 1921 or, even, 1821?  The answer in many ways is not a lot when you compare like for like.  You’ll have heard that a surgeon or office worker from the 19th Century would not recognise their place of work in 2021 but not true of many teachers in schools across the UK.  It is time that changed and the classrooms of 2021 reflected life in the 21st Century. 

  • Life in a classroom in 1821 - doesn't look so different to many classroom 200 years later?
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