Future of digital learning in independent schools

Posted on: 04 Nov 2014

With the rush to digital, the emergence of all iPad schools and 24/7 access to technology, ICT in independent schools is shaping the future of teaching and learning.

At the Independent Schools Council (ISC) ICT Strategy Conference, on 5 November at Berkhamsted School, school leaders, teachers, Directors of ICT and independent sector ICT specialists will be reviewing the direction of digital learning in independent schools, sharing best practice and lessons learned.

Daniel Edwards, Director of Innovation and Learning at the Stephen Perse Foundation (SPF) school, Cambridge, will be discussing how his school uses video to give pupils the opportunity to access teaching at all times - via iPads, Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and iTunes U.

Daniel said:

“Technology at SPF has really changed the way our students learn. They have the freedom to recap or catch up on work and brush up before class, by watching recorded snapshots of lessons through GAFE. All students aged 11-18 have iPads, allowing them the freedom to do this wherever and whenever they wish. We’re finding that pupils are engaging more, working better together and having fun with the technology, and teachers are adapting well to using the iPads to record their lessons too. It only takes two taps and immediately there’s seamless access to content using technology. We’re still conscious that every lesson, teacher and pupil has different needs and make sure we’re always using the right tool for the right job in every environment.

“The ISC ICT Conference is always a really beneficial event and allows the opportunity to meet other staff and debate new ways to improve independent education using tech. By speaking about the ICT approach at SPF, I’m hoping to encourage other schools to follow in our footsteps and broaden the way students are learning in independent schools.”

The Conference is run by the ISC ICT Strategy Committee and chaired by Mark Steed, Principal of Berkhamsted School, whose ICT equipment is used wherever possible in every subject in the curriculum across the school. Mark will also be hosting the conference and a panel debate with Bruno Delecave, Director of Finance & Operations, the Abingdon Foundation and Tricia Kelleher, Principal of The Stephen Perse Foundation.

The Keynote Speaker is Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, from UCL’s Centre of Educational Neuroscience, who will be discussing technology and the learning brain.

Other speakers include Ian Yorston, Director of Digital Strategy, Radley College and Miles Berry, Senior Lecturer ICT Education, Roehampton University, among others.

The conference is being held at Berkhamsted School, 133 High St, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2DJ on Wednesday 5 November, 9.30am – 4pm.


Notes to editors:

For further details on the Conference contact 01442 358 001.

Full list of speakers:

Mark Steed, Principal of Berkhamsted School,

Ian Yorston, Director of Digital Strategy, Radley College,

John Moreland, Headmaster, Polam Hall,

Dominic Norrish, Group Director of Technology, United Learning,

Miles Berry, Senior Lecturer ICT Education, Roehampton University,

Matthew Unsworth, Headmaster, Barrow Hill,

Dr Sveta Mayer, The Institute of Education, University of London,

Ian Phillips, Assistant Head, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School,

Jose Picardo, Assistant Principal, Surbiton High,

James Stuttard, Head of ICT Spratton Hall School,

Bruno Deleclave, Director of Finance & Operations, Abingdon Foundation,

Daniel Edwards, Director of Innovation and Learning, Stephen Perse Foundation,

Nick Dennis, Deputy Head Academic, Berkhamsted Boys School,

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Centre of Educational Neuroscience, UCL,

Tricia Kelleher, Principal, The Stephen Perse Foundation,

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, ISC.

About ISC schools

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors. Through our member associations we represent over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.

These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year. ISC schools in Britain contribute £9.5 billion to the economy, slightly larger than the City of Liverpool or the BBC. ISC schools generate £3.6 billion in tax and support 227,200 people in employment.

Our eight member associations are Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, Girls’ Schools Association, the Independent Association of Prep Schools, the Independent Schools Association, the Society of Heads, the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association and the Council of British International Schools.