1. Access for all children
We will work to ensure that, by 2020 no child, whose disadvantage affects their full development at school, will be without access to technology-enabled learning at school and at home.
We will focus on children whose disadvantage leads to their being unable to develop to their full educational potential – whatever the cause: poverty, disability or access. We believe that the best route to supporting these children is through their schools so that their learning is structured and sustainable. We will also find ways to support children at home.
Our focus will be on children of primary school age. As the attainment gap builds during early years to levels where it becomes difficult for secondary schools to impact positively by the time children arrive. The focus for change needs to be at this formative stage. We will work directly and proactively with primary schools and will also promote the importance of this to secondary schools, encouraging them to support their feeder primaries.
2. Supporting teaching & learning
We will focus on and support the closure of the attainment gap by enabling effective teaching linked to the best use of technology enabled learning.
Our focus will include promoting 1:1 as an effective way of impacting on learning and the attainment gap. We will ensure schools are well-informed and supported in equipping themselves and starting to benefit from technology enabled learning. We will provide direct consultancy advice to schools and signpost them to key partners and other sources. We will advise on anything from infrastructure and finance to CPD and teacher training, individual child-centred learning and parental engagement. We will assist schools to engage in programmes which are equitable and sustainable.
We will continue to be differentiated on the basis of encouraging 1:1 technology (device, content & internet access) but evolve increasingly towards ‘content’ aimed at learning outcomes and improving attainment levels across the board.
We will be the key independent and objective “Go-To” place for information, advice and research on technology-enabled learning for teachers, schools and parents.
3. Sharing responsibility
We want to effect change as soon as possible; we will therefore work with partners who share our broad objectives and can add scale and reach.
We will work with partners in government, major charitable and not-for-profit organisations, companies and others to deliver support and advice to children through working with them directly and within their families and relevant and appropriate institutions.
We will work with industry sector leaders and renowned experts and practitioners; with parents, families, schools and communities, Teaching Unions, PTAs and School Governors locally and nationally.