The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent schools sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2020 Tes Independent Schools Awards and Embley has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Use of Technology’ award.
The ‘Best Use of Technology’ award recognises measurable excellence in the use of education technology by a school. Judges have looked at evidence to demonstrate how our Digital Learning Strategy has had a positive impact on educational outcomes of pupils through our use of technology inside and outside the classroom.
The school uses iPads to support teaching and learning, with all pupils from Year 5 to 13 provided with a school iPad to support learning at school and home and children in Years 4 and below having access to class pools of iPads. Embley’s Digital Learning Strategy is based around the use of three main tools which is supported by the use of subject specific apps:
- Digital Learning Spaces: Embley’s own ever evolving and expanding bespoke resource that provides pupils with easy access to teacher-curated digital content, accessible from school and home.
- Sparkjar: An online tool allowing teachers to set and keep track of work in various forms including voice commentary.
- Microsoft Office 365: A powerful cloud storage solution that facilitates file sharing and communication between pupils and staff.
Embley’s Headmaster, Cliff Canning, commented: “To be selected from a highly competitive field of entries in this sought after award is a phenomenal achievement. The shortlisting is testimony to the collective effort of our exceptional teaching staff and IT support team, our enthusiastic and conscientious pupils and the motivation and support of our parents.”
The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 7 February 2020.