Technology & Innovation
Our approach to technology and innovation is guided by our vision of ‘Learning by Connecting.’
Digital learning is designed to connect our pupils, parents and teachers in our community and the wider world. By bringing our parents and carers into a closer relationship with teaching and learning, technology enhances our learning environment. Parents are able to see digital learning in real-time and are given a window into their child’s day that goes beyond what can be captured in books alone. Through photos, video and audio recordings, parents receive notifications of their child’s activities providing the tools to take topics and discussions into the home, enriching the learning environment. Digital teacher feedback is available on an ongoing basis rather than being reserved for termly meetings. Engaging our pupils and parents through this platform enables rapid progress.
The technology also takes learning experiences beyond the classroom to connect and collaborate with other pupils and experts around the world. Recent initiatives include working with the team at Expo 2020; collaborating with native Arabic speakers; workshops at the Louvre Abu Dhabi to inspire the creation of art galleries in VR; and connecting with a UK-based scientist to learn about digestion. We believe that modelling and practising these collaborative skills will help our pupils appreciate new perspectives and develop the empathy and understanding required to solve complex problems and become the innovators of the future.
Technology is not just placed in classrooms; its impact is constantly assessed and measured. In 2017-18, a focused study revealed that FS2 children made twice the progress in phonics as the previous year’s cohort following a targeted intervention with iPads. Our internal qualitative studies continually reinforce the success of our vision: children and teachers alike report that classrooms are more interactive, creative and successful due to increased pupil engagement.
Continuous professional development is at the heart of our vision. All Foremarke teachers have successfully completed the Apple teacher programme, a self-paced professional development course that fosters the skills necessary to use technology purposefully and creatively. Additionally, every teacher and assistant has received training to use in-built accessibility features as well as Apple Classroom to personalise learning for each child. Our learning environment has truly been transformed.
Foremarke School is equipped with one-to-one iPads at no additional cost to parents and is recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for its continuous innovation in teaching, learning and the school environment. Please download our multi-touch book to read our story through an iOS device.