As a technology-rich and innovative school, blended learning was a natural progression from elements of our existing model, including setting online homework, and the use of a learning platform, which were then in favour with the quango BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency). Alan November (an international leader in education technology based in Boston) came to Shireland Collegiate Academy and introduced flipped learning and completed some staff training in the process. We then put our own spin on flipped learning.
The implementation went well overall. In particular, the whole school approach was helped by all staff (already) being supported with both a laptop and an iPad.
Staff CPD is really important, particularly in helping staff to understand flipped learning for which a link to Bloom's Taxonomy worked well. Using the existing CPD process of INSET (In-service Training) days made the change management relatively straightforward. For example, during an initial CPD session, we set the staff a flipped task to familiarize themselves with the model. Six months later, the staff conducted self-assessments on their progress / experience with flipped learning, which allowed us to run more a bespoke INSET day. Finally, we incorporated feedback as part of our ongoing monitoring (observations, etc.). With all planning online, leaders in the school can track via "Virtual Learning Walks."
Shireland Collegiate Academy opened as an Academy in 2007. Being an inner city school where a sizeable proportion of the pupils are facing major issues outside of school, one of the reasons that technology appealed to the school was that it doesn't judge.
Contact: Kirsty Tonks
Shireland Collegiate Academy
Telephone: (+44) (0) 121 558 8086
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