In January 2021, the DfE stated that schools are expected to “identify a named senior leader with overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education, including that provision meets expectations for remote education”.
Although the need for providing remote education is diminishing, the role of this named digital lead remains vitally important. Mainly, of course, to ensure that any children that cannot access school can continue their learning at home, as effectively as possible.
Once a school has adopted a digital platform, it has many benefits, not only for home learning, so this role could also oversee the use of education technology in school, to maintain the digital momentum that lockdown has created and to ensure that education technology is used effectively and strategically. Over the last year, schools have shifted to delivering education in an entirely different way, and whilst nobody is pretending it has not been a challenge, many have discovered certain advantages from working with digital platforms and tools. We want to keep those things that have worked well, develop them and continue to enjoy those benefits.
To support the new digital lead role, Herts for Learning is launching the EdTech Forum: Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Outcomes through Technology. The purpose of this online forum will be to explore what the optimum uses of technology might be, as we apply our recent progress with digital platforms and tools to the post-Covid education world.
Our Head of Technology, Chris Bramwell will chair the events and we have planned numerous speakers including our Education Advisers and external key notes. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear about and share experiences of digital learning with others holding the same role in other schools.
Series one will include 4 live webinars and interim, online catch-up meetings between April - July 2021. Events will take place at 15:30pm on:
Wednesday 21st April
Tuesday 25th May
Monday 21st June
Tuesday 13th July
In the first session in April, we will discuss what we have learned about EdTech over the last year, and create different interest groups for areas of education technology to explore further.
In order for schools to benefit from the forum as much as possible, we are offering a free place for every place booked.