National EdTech Conference

Discovery Schools Academy Trust has been at the heart of a national initiative to help schools and colleges in England to develop their use of technology in education as it took part in EdTech Week 2020 from 9 to 14 November. 

Discovery Schools Academy Trust is part of the EdTech Demonstrator schools and colleges programme, a network selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to offer advice, guidance and training in effective use of technology.  This includes ways technology can be used to support effective remote education arrangements, such as use of digital platforms and devices, as well as considering a long-term digital strategy.  

The EdTech Week included live policy panels, professional development sessions and a virtual Edtech Summit, where schools and colleges broadcast live, giving tips and advice to support others. The week also included a contribution from Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, MP.

Paul Stone, CEO said “We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in the National EdTech programme being able to support schools in the region with the vital skills and tools they need to ensure that pupils can learn remotely. It’s been great to be a part of EdTech week and share some of our progress to date with wider partners and to help us learn about the work of other demonstrator schools across the country.”

Ty Goddard, co-founder of The Education Foundation (one of the programme’s delivery partners) and Chair of Edtech UK, said; 

” Edtech Week 2020 was live and on-line, with schools and colleges from all over the country delivering advice, tips and support to others.

The Edtech Demonstrator programme helps schools and colleges across England make the best use of digital learning; supporting teachers and pupils benefit from education technology.  Funded by the Department for Education this national programme gives schools and colleges a helping hand to develop their on-line teaching and learning methods. 

This is all about teachers helping teachers at the most difficult of times. ”  

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