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Improving access to achievement using digital technologies

Parents, carers and wider community (Sonia Blandford)

No longer in linear learning mode

working with parents is criticial in learning outcomes.

how we enable and enhance communities with parents

central to AFA

giving ownership to parents and pupils

Parents fed up with negative comments with schools through communications.

AFA focus on positive communication.

2009 Lamb enquiry suggested 51 recommedations

2nd recommendations -Achievement for all

engagement with parents as consequence of AFA is very important

use of ICT - teachers and parents importance of planning

produce a tool/resources around assessment

in terms of assessment- very useful tool

through life of pilot - above 90%of parent engagment. compared to 25% before

AFA about to move beyond UK

community of practise moving into Europe

Transforming the school into a learning enviroment 24/7

focus on providing challenging targets

all about aspiration

opening up teachers minds to SEND

closing the gap between SEND but raising all children

how do you make Achievement for All purposeful to all pupils?

If you are going to provide more opportunties to all pupils

need to increase resources that are available

Professor Sonia Blandford

New ways of working & partnership

Currently nearly 500 schools involved

Leadership, working with parents, Teachers & creating opportunities

Coaches work with schools; package developed for 2 yr programme

School successfully meeting challenge & raising achievement reach Quality Mark

Up to 70% pupils in some schools SEND

Demonstrable, measurable success even exceeding expectations

AfA in 95 LAs

Improving learning

ICT changes how pupils learn; every child has the opportunity to access learning.

ICT allows SEND to achieve and exceed

AfA raises expectations

More work to do re ICT in secondaries

Ofsted report re weaknesses in T&L& ICT is being tackled - teachers are supported and enabled to change. Re-energised

Leaders need to work with AfA, parents need to be engaged and heard (not just when there are problems), pupils need ICT skills - SEND pupils are highest proportion using mobile technology to support learning, SEND in the classroom - AfA is mainstream and supporting equal opportunities

Maggie Wagstaff (AfA school coach)

Technology - equaliser, ubiquitous

Teachers need to 'work smart'

ICT enables wide range of differentiation techniques, Computers, web technologies, IWBs - performance and tools to facilitate learning, Creation of apps, can replace cost of communication aids. Specialised & free apps eg talk-type apps (voice recognition), Pupils can use phone to record & present work - evidence of learning, QR code readers for presernting pupil evidence, Lever under-used resources, Record parent conversations for review & consideration later. Parental engagement enhanced., "Spy pen" records meeting as well as producing notes, Apps for children - needs planning for effective use. Apps are engaging/exciting for pupils, Musical apps, diagrams - accessible from home, Talking devices enrich displays, take-home information, EAL. eg talking faces, talking tins etc. Speech recognition even on old computers. Pupils review & chhose to revise work, Communication-friendly environments, Tweeting - excellent writing tool

Use of TAs to support pupils to use technology generated resources

Texting parents - positives not all negatives


Avoid aiming too low - better to aim high & not quite reach goal

Parental engagment

What is being offered now?, How are we going to embrace this with parents?

4/5 of a childs time is spent at home., parental involvement is very imporatnt

small steps to success., Big message to parents, Parents will be supported through the journey

generation of parents, typing, texting generation

anything stops when phone rings, technology can get in the way

AFA - striking a balance - everything spread over a wider spectrum

low key devices, talking photograph book, cheap and easy way to provide a home link, Talking pens, Talking Tin Lids

Learning that comes from home raised teachers awareness of another life for them

Twitter and Blogs, Picture of what is going on in school., Only a certain amount of parents tweet, need to keep that balance

parents often say 'they know more than i do', must tell them how to do that

E-safety is a huge area, On going relationship, Start this in primary school

where are we going to move to next?, digital and non digital play, need to explore it all

Wilmington Grammar

Assessment for Learning

Pupils want to know how to improve

Classroom monitor is an example of technology to support this

Use of RAG rating - makes understanding rich data easier

Focussed advice for improvement

Paper free, live reports

Writing Achievement targets has improved teachers understanding of levels and assessment, Some subject more enthusiastic

Hope to engage pupils & parents in targets

RAG reports present data in form easily understood by parents & pupils

Brenhan Heath, Chris

Donna Burton-Wilcox

Disaffected project

"Labelled children" not bad - bored, Access to ICT helps engage, Gaming technology to motivate & engage, Identified what is attractive about gaming, Misbehaving through frustration, Gaming - demonstrable motivation, Communication problems, Technologies to support communication & improve confidence, Appropriate medium, opinions valued, safe environment

Empower teachers just as we do children & value their hard work

AfA is not an event but a way of working & thinking

Not all technologies suit all SEND

Strong research base of data (U Manchester)

Works in partnership with many other organisations. Build evidence of good practice

Every day there are children in classrooms that need to learn

Twitter Contributions Thursday 12th January 2012 Morning session

Todays MirandaMod starts shortly: Tools for raising the achievement of vulnerable learners - follow #mmafa & theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa Professor Sonia Blandford opens the session. @merlynjohn blogging - and congratulations to Merlyn for last night's award. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

In Mirandamod - I can see @theokk @merlinjohn @eyebeams #mmafa achievement for all is the theme ethinking Pete Yeomans

Yesterday pics from yesterdays MirandaMods - today will be posted later #mmafa theokk theo kuechel

Professor Sonia Blandford

#mmafa Background to AfA - charity and the programme. Focus on leadership, working with parents, learners and schools. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell Sonia outlines AfA achievement for all programme #mmafa theokk theo kuechel Sonia Blandford quotes from Seldon(2010) to confirm the role of ICT for the AfA programme.#mmafa cyberbrikkie John Cuthell Teachers need support with ICT to change in the AfA programme.#mmafa cyberbrikkie John Cuthell #mmafa all schools say we are "inclusive" but what does that really mean? theokk theo kuechel #BETT #mmafa teachers only contact parents when there are problems - how many teachers are accessible to parents via email? ethinking Pete Yeomans #mmafa #BETT how many teachers are still using personal email addresses for official school business?? ethinking Pete Yeomans #mmafa AfA engages with parents meaningfully - not just when the child misbehaves theokk theo kuechel Blandford gives interesting anecdotes about schools reengaging with parents of SEN children #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson @ethinking how many teachers are contactable at all? #mmafa theokk theo kuechel @RachaelHKnight have a look at achievement for all #mmafa useful for the new @plymuniprimary SEN specialist focus BEd course ethinking Pete Yeomans

I'd would be happy I've we would have a programme like this in Germany! #mmafa david_obst David Obst

Professor Sonia Blandford is currently opening today's Achievement for All session at BETT. Follow along on Twitter using #mmafa AFA3AS Achievement for All

#mmafa Maggie Wagstaff AfA school coach next theokk theo kuechel

Maggie Wagstaff (AfA school coach)

Oh dear. I think the twitterfall has fallen over #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

#mmafa 2web connection becoming very flakey now…… theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa #BETT2012 #bett QR codes on books to link direct to pupil data - now that's cool ethinking Pete Yeomans

#mmafa Maggie recommends using speech to text apps (Dragon) for student writing and note taking theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa if painting apps are good enough for Hockney they are good enough for us (education) … <agree theokk theo kuechel

Excellent point about free software widgets and tools already within iwb software. #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

#mmafa Maggie makes case the digits media texts (audio/video) are just as valid / if not more so than written …. theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa definitely going to find out more about achievements for all after susan bamfords talk. youandme1234567 youandme1234567

#mmafa using fun apps for Children as a resource bank using voice Maggie Walstaff youandme1234567 youandme1234567

#mmafa A wealth of digital resources can extend and transform the learning and work of students. - Achievement for All. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

RT @cyberbrikkie: #mmafa A wealth of digital resources can extend and transform the learning and work of students. - Achievement for All theokk theo kuechel

maggie presents lot of nice apps! seems to me that i'm the only one without a smartphone in the room :) #mmafa david_obst David Obst

#mmafa tweeting is the most wonderful tool for helping pupils develop writing theokk theo kuechel

Getting teachers to get things out of cupboards. That is the challenge. #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

#mmafa maggie says teachers need to stop preserving resources and start wearing them out #bett #ukedchat ethinking Pete Yeomans

@mattpearson ban cupboards!!!! #mmafa theokk theo kuechel

Some teachers may even store cupboards in cupboards. How to tackle that #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

Resources are only of any use when they are used - useless when they're in cupboards.#mmafa learners only learn when they're learning. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

#mmafa How about teachers start by completely emptying their cupboards at the beginning of every new year and start afresh? Works for me kvnmcl kevin mc laughlin

Brenhan Heath, WGSB

#tmtakeover @HGJohn yes will be back in 20 mins - @ClassrmMonitor you are speaking soon? I'm in #mmafa listening to how a school use us ethinking Pete Yeomans

#mmafa #BETT_Show #bett online assessment can support communication with parents and flow of data ethinking Pete Yeomans

Spread the word Achievement for all. For everyone @ #mmafa NT_Mktg Nuala Beardsall

Linking up and automating data flow and assessment was raised by chris yapp at previous mirandamod #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

#mmafa Sonia - afa is not a fixed programme - it is a way of thinking theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa What assessment is really effective?Is the learner at the heart of the process, or the focus of the process? A subtle difference. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

#mmafa Donna Burton-Wilcox on developing software to engage disaffected boys. Shakespeare and gaming. Frustration and boredom=disaffection. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

Twitter Contributions Thursday 12th January 2012 Afternoon session

“@NT_Mktg: Spread the word Achievement for all. For everyone @ #mmafa > sessions in Grand Halll Gallery 1 #BETT_Show rachelala rachelala

2nd #mmafa session at #bett. Great inclusion insights by Sonia Blandford and Maggie Wagstaff in 1st merlinjohn Merlin John

#mmafa After a great morning 2nd session just about ready to start theokk theo kuechel

Professor Sonia Blandford

RT @merlinjohn: 2nd #mmafa session at #bett. Great inclusion insights by Sonia Blandford and Maggie Wagstaff in 1st theokk theo kuechel

focus is on school support for learners in a digital age, Sonia Blandford talking at #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

#mmafa theme; Parents, carers and the wider community supporting vulnerable learners theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa AfA is moving into Europe < both interesting and significant theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa looking for 1000 more schools to become involved this year theokk theo kuechel

meetings with parents based on 'sharing and understanding the child' outlined by Blandford speaking at #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

The Virtuous Circle #mmafa #BETT_show brynll Bryn Llewellyn

Maggie Wagstaff

#mmafa Maggie Wagstaff - talk in plain English - not eduspeak - child's identity is their *name* not their *level* theokk theo kuechel

#mmafa Inclusive participation Is they key to success for schools with AfA. cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

'everything stops when our phone rings' - - do we give full attention to children? #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

The dangers of technology getting between children and adults: attention is lost. #mmafa

cyberbrikkie John Cuthell

use of 'low key' devices, things which have been around for a long time...talking photoframes for instance.. Wagstaff at #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

powerful evidence of the potential miscommunication between school and home and how to overcome this #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

Remember...small steps to success...#mmafa #BETT_show brynll Bryn Llewellyn

look in your web browsing we spend too long looking for things, and not enough time doing them? #mmafa mattpearson Matthew Pearson

#mmafa most have devices that can b record / take notes /communicate and offer feedback / assessment yet schools still predicated on paper theokk theo kuechel