Direct Support for Schools

We can help you through the various stages of successfully implementing a fully inclusive, equitable and sustainable 1:1 programme (where all children in your school or in a given year, class or cohort have personal access to a device).

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Learning and teaching in a 21st century school requires pupils and teachers to have access to technology when and where it is appropriate. A portable personal device, to be used for a few minutes, or longer, as part of a lesson, or for revision, homework and extended research, replaces the pre-booked, whole class trip to the ICT Suite. From laptops to tablets to smartphones, the future lies in personal access to digital resources as part of a blended learning approach.

Launching a 1:1 programme

Making a decision to run a 1:1 programme is a big decision to make, and not one that should be made lightly, so here is our guide on how to make it happen.

We have helped many schools, from their initial thinking, past their concerns and right through the decision making and planning process, helping them ensure they have the most appropriate and sustainable programme for their needs.

Where to start?

The first and probably the most important thing to remember is that it is not just about the device but how it is used and integrated as a standard tool for teaching and learning. It can be very easy to be taken in with the popular device of the day and not give enough thought about what you want to do with it and if it is the most effective way of achieving the lesson’s objective. Our first piece of advice therefore is to consider what a 1:1 programme can do for you. Once you know what you want to achieve your project team will be in a far better position to plan and develop the project.

Plan ahead

Our School Liaison Managers (SLMs) have extensive experience in helping schools plan and develop their programme. They can guide you through the process, answering important questions and working closely with your project team. They are also able to put you in contact with local schools that already have a successful programme running, as well as connecting you with possible suppliers and finance sources.

School Liaison Service

Any school can receive advice and support for any stage of planing, engaging, launching or managing your programme. Please contact Peter Thorn-Davis, Head of School Liaison who will be happy to help you in any way he can.

Arrange a Policy, Advocacy and Impact Workshop with Us

Who should attend:

Headteacher, Business Manager/Bursar, Head of ICT and/or e-Learning, Governors, Network Manager, designated project manager, and any other stakeholders.

Where it will take place:

The workshop will be held at your school unless an external venue is specifically requested. The number of attendees at a standard workshop is limited to 10 people. Larger groups can be accommodated, please ask for details.

Who will be involved:

The workshop will be facilitated by a senior member of the Learning Foundation, with extensive experience in advising schools on 1:1 access programmes.

What will be covered:

The content of the day will be tailored to the needs of your school and you will select which of the following areas you want to have covered:

Book a Session

Please fill out our contact form and we will get in touch.

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Finding out More

You’ll undoubtedly have seen lots of information about introducing IT into learning already. But is it right for you and your school? There are many important questions you will have to ask and answers to get before you can be sure that this is the right route for your school right now. You will need to feel inspired to take the idea forward and you will need to be convinced that the effort it will take will be worthwhile. This is not something that you will do alone and there are many others within the school who will also need to understand the pros and cons of introducing a 1:1 programme. We know that they will also ask different questions and need different answers. We have pulled together the latest and most powerful research to help understand this and combined it along with real case studies of schools that have already been on the journey.

Because of the variety of perspectives that others will have depending on their role in the school from pedagogy to finance and systems, we have included information to help understand the concept from a variety of viewpoints.

Finally, we know that undertaking the journey without support and guidance makes for a much tougher ride – we want to reassure you right now that not only are we available to advise and help but we also have great links with a wide range of schools nearby who can also help you. Over the 15 years since we started we have worked in a variety of ways with around 3,500 schools, 250,000 children and tens of thousands of parents.

We are independent, objective and very experienced at helping school’s setup 1:1 programmes. We are committed to making sure your scheme works in supporting all of the children in your school to engage and achieve the very best that they can with the kind of change that introducing technology can bring as long as that is done effectively.

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