Edtech Demonstrator Programme

The DfE and delivery partners have identified twenty schools and colleges to act as Demonstrator Schools which have demonstrated excellence in their use of technology to support teaching and learning and have the capacity to help others. There are plans to extend the reach of this programme over the coming weeks.

These schools and colleges represent a wide range of contexts, from rural to urban and primary to further education and include a number of Trusts with special needs provision. 

Advice and training will be available to some schools and colleges across the country which are most in need of support, for example those which have recently deployed a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.  The South West of England has four Edtech Demonstrator Schools, you can search for your nearest support provider here.

Plymouth Edtech Action Group

Nicole Ponsford (Regional EdTech Lead) and Balcarras EdTech Demonstrator Leads will be facilitating an Edtech Action Group in the Autumn Term to provide relevant and bespoke CPD for Plymouth schools to support the development of remote/blended learning models. 

Edtech Guidance and Resources

This section of the Edtech Demonstrator Website gathers together guidance and resources from our demonstrator schools and colleges and advice on a range of issues including edtech strategy development, safeguarding and wellbeing and support for Special Educational Needs.

Featured Edtech Support Provider: 

Balcarras School is an outstanding 11-18 comprehensive secondary school, based in Cheltenham and National Star, a national charity based in Gloucestershire, are among the 37 schools and colleges chosen for their excellence in use of technology.

Balcarras and National Star will provide packages of support, ranging from guidance, online tutorials, webinars and recorded content to schools and colleges in the South West.


Featured CPD :

Running a successful Computer Science curriculum on a Chromebook

Hosted by Paul Scott, Head of Computer Science at Devonport High School for Boys and Claire Buckler, Director of Learning Commons, this short webinar will focus on using the Chromebook to deliver computer science across all key stages,  looking at programming and how to offer a paperless classroom. This webinar is free to attend.

You can register on the event here

Latest CPD Videos from Balcarras

View the Balcarras YouTube Channel here

Part 1 of 2: An introduction to one of the most useful tools to help learners access written text. We cover options on different platforms and cover those extra features that can make all the difference. Contributions from Texthelp, Claro, Scanning Pens and much more. Find the transcript, resources and PDF/Powerpoint version of the slides here: https://bit.ly/2Rb9J7x