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Regional Champions

The Learning Foundation has identified a number of schools around the country for recognition as Regional Champion Schools. These schools have all demonstrated excellence in the management and application of a fully inclusive and sustainable 1:1 technology programme (where every child has their own device to use in class and at home).

There are two types of Regional Champion School, one where they have implemented a full school 1:1 programme and the other where they have implemented this in one or more cohorts (or year groups) only but where there is a commitment to broaden this. In both cases, however, they are managed in a fully inclusive and sustainable way. Those teaching staff involved in the programme will also have received training in how best to blend technology into their lesson plans.

Because one of the key values of a true 1:1 programme is access at home as well as at school, all of their pupils will have been surveyed to assess their WiFi access at home and, where it is not available, reasonable efforts will have been made to help make it available.

All of our Regional Champion Schools are willing to share their experiences with other schools and demonstrate how they use the technology to enhance learning. From time to time they also run open days where more formal presentations will be made. Find out which schools are running events HERE.


 

Cramlington Learning Village

Cramlington Learning Village

Location: Highburn, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6BN

Regional Champion School - Cramlington Learning VillageCramlington Learning Village is a specialist science and vocational college in Northumberland; it is a successful comprehensive school of 1197 students of which 397 are supported by Pupil Premium. The school became an 11-18 school in September 2008 as part of a local authority re-organisation which saw the old three tier system become a two tier system of primary and secondary education.

This has meant an £11 million new build for year seven and eight students, an extensive, and creative refurbishment of existing buildings at the school’s own cost, a new curriculum at KS3, and innovative learning spaces built around the concept of enquiry-based learning.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Phil Spoors
DMS user: YES
Current recommended donation: £10
Devices Maintained via: In house technicians
Is there a lease?: YES
Device insurance via: Mixed - Burnetts, Compucover, Topaz and Triage
GAP insurance?: NO
Year first launched: 2010
Original No of cohorts at launch: 1
Device type originally used: Samsung Galaxy Tab
Current No of cohorts: 5
Device type currently used: Toshiba Chromebook 2
Year Changed devices: Every Year
Reason for device changed: Better devices come on the market. Plus we realised that whilst the tablets are a great consumption and research device they are not good for productivity. Chromebooks have been far more successful for us for a wide variety of reasons

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Harrogate Grammar School

Harrogate Grammar School

Location: Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

The school began in 1903 when the Municipal Secondary Day School opened in Haywra Crescent with 44 pupils. In 1933 the school, now Harrogate Grammar School but still led by its first Headmaster Mr Thoseby, moved to the present Arthurs Avenue site.

The school has now grown to an educational community of over 1,791 students of which 107 are supported by Pupil Premium.   Form.  The Sixth Form consists of over 550 students curriculum has been broadened in response to the changes nationally in post-16 provision. Students now have the opportunity to study an exceptionally wide range of subjects at AS and Advanced level.

The school has developed a specialism in language learning and offers enhanced provision from KS3-KS5. Harrogate Grammar School became an Academy Trust and a Teaching school in 2011.

Harrogate Grammar School leads the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance and is now a part of Red Kite Learning Trust -  a growing Multi Academy Trust.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Steve Howell
DMS user  YES
Current recommended donation: £10
Devices Maintained via: Airwatch
Is there a lease? NO
Device insurance via: Self-insured
Gap Insurance: NO
Year first launched: 2012
Original No of cohorts at launch: 6
Device type originally used: iPad 2
Current No of cohorts: 7
Device type currently used: iPad 4
Year Changed devices: 2014
Reason for device changed: Upgrade

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Haslingden High School

Haslingden High School

Location: Broadway, Haslingden, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 4EY

Regional Champion School - Haslingden High SchoolHaslingden High School is a large, high performing and successful 11-18 mixed community school serving the Rossendale valley.  There are more than 1560 students on roll, of which 279 are supported by Pupil Premium.

The school has a strong track record of academic success across a wide range of subjects; forward thinking has enabled the school to embrace technology as part of implementing wider education reforms.

The school is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Justin Roper
DMS user  YES
Current recommended donation: £10
Devices Maintained via: Meraki
Is there a lease? YES
Device insurance: Self insured
GAP insurance? NO
Year first launched: 2014
Original No of cohorts at launch: 3
Device type originally used: iPad Mini 1
Current No of cohorts: 5
Device type currently used: iPad Mini 2
Year Changed devices: 2015
Reason for device changed: Update to newer and faster model
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Homewood School

Homewood School

Location: Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent. TN30 6LT

Homewood School currently has 2239 pupils of which 359 are supported by Pupil Premium. In 2005, Homewood introduced a personalised learning agenda with an accelerated timetable at both key stages and opportunities for a curriculum enabling students to sit examinations when they are ready to take them rather than by a fixed age. T Block was planned to facilitate a new style of project based, task orientated learning for Year 7 and Year 8 students and the school became one of the first in the country to introduce a 1-1 ICT device scheme for students.

In 2010, with the arrival of the new Principal, a new College system was introduced and the Project Based Learning approach was reviewed and enhanced through partnership with the Innovation Unit. The 1:1 device programme moved into iPads so that all students in Years 7-9 now have their own iPad with access to home learning through a library of I-Books developed by the school. The school retains its Arts, Applied Learning and Rural Dimension specialisms and is now a Partner School in Whole Education, a national network of innovative schools.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Louise Ghosh 
DMS user: YES
Current recommended donation: £15
Devices Maintained via: On site service centre
Is there a lease?: NO
Device insurance via: Burnetts
GAP insurance?: NO
Year first launched: 2005
Original No of cohorts at launch: 1
Device type originally used: Toshiba Laptop
Current No of cohorts: 5
Device type currently used: ipad Air
Year Changed devices: 2013
Reason for device changed: Change in curriculum - the ability to use iBooks and the school becoming an iBook author

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Jubilee Wood Primary School

Jubilee Wood Primary School

1 Fishermead Blvd, Fishermead, Milton Keynes MK6 2LB

Jub ilee Wood PrimaryJubilee Wood Primary opened in September 2012 in the heart of central Milton Keynes. It is based on the sites of two previous schools, Meadfurlong and Penwith and named after the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. Although a new school, they currently home to 453 children with around 16% qualifying for Free School Meals.
In June 2016 the school moved into a new building that will allow them to accommodate 25 classes from Reception through to Year 6.

Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Tony Berwick
DMS user: YES
Current recommended donation: £8 pm (£5pm for Pupil Premium children)
Devices Maintained via:  School-based Technician
Is there a lease?: YES
Device insurance via: Compucover
GAP insurance?: NO
Year first launched: 2015
Original No of cohorts at launch: 1 (Year 4 - 90 children)
Device type originally used: Chromebook Acer C730 11.6” screen with Google Management Licences
Current No of cohorts: 2 (from September 2016)
Device type currently used: Second cohort will receive Chromebook Viglen 11.6” screen with Google Management Licences
Year Changed devices: 2016
Reason for device changed: Best price and offer for the next cohort

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St Barnabas First & Middle School

St Barnabas First & Middle School

Location: Stonebow Rd, Drakes Broughton, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 2AW

St Barnabas First & Middle is situated in the village of Drakes Broughton close to both Worcester & Evesham in Worcestershire.  Combined with the onsite pre-school the school caters for 345 students aged 3 - 12 years old of which 20 are supported by Pupil Premium.

In April 2013 the school introduced its digital Learning Program, iStBarnabas.  The program offers Year 4 - Year 7 students the opportunity to use iPads on a daily basis at school as well as the capacity to extended their learning by using their devices at home.  The school joined forces with the Learning Foundation to assist with the day-to-day management of the scheme. Parents make a voluntary monthly donation to aid the school with the financial cost of running the program with school gifting ownership of the device to the family at the end of the agreed period.

St Barnabas is also the Worcestershire Primary Apple Regional Training Centre and hosts a variety of training opportunities regarding the use of iPads and Apple products.  The school also offers training events for the use of Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Stephen Booth
DMS user: YES
Current recommended donation: £12
Devices Maintained via: In House
Is there a lease?: YES
Device insurance via: CompuCover
GAP insurance?: NO
Year first launched: 2013
Original No of cohorts at launch: Year 5 - Year 7 but now Year 4 - Year 7
Device type originally used: iPad Mini
Current No of cohorts: 5 encompassing students in Year 4 - Year 7
Device type currently used: iPad Mini
Year Changed devices: N/A
Reason for device changed: N/A

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St Peter's C Of E Primary School

St Peter's C Of E Primary School

Squirrel Medow, Bratton, Telford TF5 0NT

St Peter's Primary is a two-form entry school with a total of fourteen classes and 414 children, with just over 6% qualifying for Free School Meals.


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Writhlington School

Writhlington School

Location: Knobsbury Lane, Writhlington, Radstock, BA3 3NQ

Writhlington School is currently home to 1570 pupils of which 316 are supported by Pupil Premium. They are located in a rural area, which despite being only 10 miles from Bath is not particularly prosperous. It was formerly an area known for mining and quarrying. Fifteen years ago Writhlington Academy was a failing school, but it came under new management and has improved steadily since. The school is Grade 2 Ofsted rated with 60% of pupils achieved five A*–C at GCSE (2013)

Three years ago it moved into a new school building and it became an Academy in October 2011. The current Head Teacher, Mark Everett, has been at the school since September 2011. Under his leadership the school has put a particular emphasis on the wellbeing of its pupils, and the development of staff and pupils to achieve the best.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Mark Bridges
DMS user: YES
Current recommended donation: £12 for 3 years / £16 over 2 years
Devices Maintained via: In house
Is there a lease?: NO
Device insurance via: Self insured
GAP insurance?: NO
Year first launched: 2009
Original No of cohorts at launch: Whole school (without 6th form)
Device type originally used: DEL Netbook
Current No of cohorts: Whole school with 6th form
Device type currently used: iPad Air2
Year Changed devices: 2013
Reason for device changed: Opportunities offered by tablets

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Warden Park Academy

Warden Park Academy

Location: Broad St, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5DP

Warden Park is a popular specialist secondary school, Warden Park has a strong academic and sporting pedigree. The school opened in September 1956 as Cuckfield County Secondary School and became an academy in September 2011. It is partnered with Warden Park Primary Academy. Both academies are part of the Warden Park Academy Trust.

There are approximately 1500 pupils, aged 11 to 16 years, of which 166 are supported by Pupil Premium. The school encourages all students to qualify for the new English Baccalaureate.


Programme profile

Programme coordinator: Dai Thomas
DMS user: YES
Current recommended donation: £16
Devices Maintained via: Solutions Inc / In house
Is there a lease?: YES
Device insurance via: Solutions Inc (total care)
GAP insurance?: NO
Year first launched: 2013
Original No of cohorts at launch: 3
Device type originally used: iPad mini 1
Current No of cohorts: Whole school
Device type currently used: iPad mini 4
Year Changed devices: 2016
Reason for device changed: Advances in Apple classroom software & functionality

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