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Supporting Claires Court students to become future digital leaders

Challenge

Claires Court was looking for digital content that could be used across the curriculum and was accessible to teachers and pupils anywhere, anytime, on all their devices. The senior leadership wanted an easy-to-use service to actively encourage staff to use digital resources as a matter of course whether that be in class or at home, for project work or for revision. 

Solution

The Discovery Education Secondary platform appealed to Claires Court because it covers all the key subjects and the high quality videos are all relevant and age-appropriate. Discovery Education have completed a full systems integration with Google Classrooms so the resources can be easily introduced into their current teaching and learning environment. A group of digital leader teachers received professional development to help them explore the resources and consider innovative ways of using the digital media within their teaching. A number of students became Discovery Education Tech Champs so they can support and encourage staff and their peers to get the most out of Discovery Education Secondary.

Results

Teachers are using videos to introduce topics to the whole class or they're setting independent research tasks, and students are using the resources for self-study and to support homework. Staff cite a key benefit of the video resources as the way they bring real-world scenarios into the classroom which become more tangible and easier for pupils to understand. Students express their trust in the resources and how the platform is making their study time more efficient - they used the service a lot for revision in the summer term!

School Head of ICT, André Boulton, is a founding member of the Discovery Education Community in the UK and, took part in a week of professional development in Washington DC, USA. He brought new ideas and teaching strategies for using a variety of technology back to the school, and shares these regularly in a blog: https://andreboulton.wordpress.com.

Our partner says

"Our partnership with Discovery Education is a genuine one. Discovery Education have come into school to help train our teachers and to help highlight the effective ways of working with younger and older children.James Wilding, Academic Principal, Claires Court School

"Being able to use a Discovery Education video and share the content of that in the classroom means that, rather than just reading text from a book or looking at a diagram, they can see the actual process happening in front of them.André Boulton, Head of ICT, Design & Technology Teacher, Claires Court School

More about Claires Court School

Location: Three sites across Maidenhead, Berkshire

Key statistics:

  • An all ability private day school for young people aged 3–18 years.
  • Boys and girls are educated during their main school years separately, but come together for trips and visits.
  • Nursery and Sixth Form pupils benefit from a co-educational provision.

Latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report highlights a myriad of qualities as ‘excellent’ in many areas.

Learn more about the key values and aims of Claires Court: http://www.clairescourt.com

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