Layton Primary School
A journey to becoming
an Apple Distinguished School
KS2 Achieving Expected Standard
Certified Apple Teachers
Hours of Apple Professional Learning in the last 12 months
Hours of on-site support
Layton Primary School, located in Blackpool, is a 3 form entry Primary School with 600 pupils that sits within the highest band of deprivation in England.
The school's vision is to 'Grow great minds together' with high achievement and ambition. To achieve that, the school wanted to create a technology-rich learning environment. Jonathan Clucas, the Headteacher, set out with a clear vision for how an iPad 1:1 programme would enhance learning and empower pupils and teachers. iPad was chosen as the ideal tool to achieve the school's vision by promoting independence, increase opportunities for choice, curiosity, creativity, collaboration and passion for continuous learning.
DEPLOYMENT OF A 1:1 iPAD PROGRAMME
The school worked with JTRS to introduce an iPad 1:1 programme.
Over the last 5 years, Layton Primary School has provided a further 100+ iPads on a 1:1 basis to pupils across Key Stage 2. Every teacher is now equipped with an iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil via BOS, our bespoke subscription solution. BOS has been created in partnership with Econocom group, our parent company, a major European digital services company. It is a flexible and modular subscription solution that includes devices, services and customised options. Lisa Sheldon, School Business Manager, recognises that schools are facing real challenges in terms of finance and uncertainty of future budgets. Layton chose BOS because of its simplicity in terms of management and budget planning. Moreover, the services and technical support being included, this solution relieved the team from stress and allowed teachers to focus on their class with the latest technologies.
Professional development is another key aspect of Layton's successes. Teachers are encouraged to take ownership of their own professional development and are supported by programmes such as Apple Teacher and Apple Professional Learning. These programmes are provided by certified Apple Education Trainers from JTRS. The school currently has 55 certified Apple Teachers and have received over 40 hours of Apple Professional Learning in the last 12 months.
In 2011 Layton
With the support of their iPad 1:1 programme, Layton has made rapid improvement in terms of Ofsted, progressing from Satisfactory to Outstanding across all areas in 5 years. The Ofsted report from their Outstanding Inspection in November 2011 makes specific reference to how the 'state-of-the-art' and 'wide-ranging' use of information and communication technology has a significant impact on pupils’ successful learning and enjoyment.
In October 2017 Layton Primary School became recognised as an Apple Distinguished School. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate
LEARNING WITH APPLE CLASSROOM
COMPLETE TECHNICAL SUPPORT
The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in school is innovative and far-reaching. Electronic tablets are used by staff and pupils in all aspects of learning, from collecting assessment information to discussing a pupil’s work in a lesson. They are also used to offer immediate feedback to pupils and for pupils to conduct their own research. The school’s use of ICT also adds a richness and fun to learning activities. For example, pupils in Year 1 were animated using their tablets to retell the story of ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman. The positive impact of ICT on the curriculum and on learning is immense and permeates through everything the school does.
The use of ICT makes an impressive contribution to teachers’ ability to respond to pupils’ learning needs and to give immediate feedback about their work. Electronic tablets are used to check pupils’ grasp of new knowledge. They are also used to share pupils’ work within the lesson and to enable immediate discussion and instant feedback as to strengths and where a piece of work could be improved. If a pupil is unsure about the meaning of a word or concept, the tablets are used adeptly to encourage pupils to seek the answer. For example, in an English lesson, some pupils were unsure of what continents were. The teacher asked them to quickly look it up. Instantly, pupils had a map indicating the continents of the world up on their screens. The teacher briefly checked understanding and resumed the main focus of the lesson.
Ofsted Inspection Report, 10th October 2017
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