Transforming teaching and learning with Apple Technology – The de Ferrers Academy
The de Ferrers Academy introduced the iPad on a 1:1 basis in October 2012 to their sixth form students and teachers. Feedback was incredibly positive and by September 2014 they had expanded the project to include every student in Years 9 – 13. The academy is an Apple Distinguished School because they are a centre of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrates Apple’s vision for learning with technology. They are an Apple Regional Training Centre and regularly run free workshops and hold visits to thousands of educators across the UK and Europe.
The academy switched with ease to remote learning due to their 1:1 iPad programme. Hear from Greg Hughes, Vice Principal at The de Ferrers Academy, discuss the following:
- Why iPad
- How the iPad scheme was financed
- Engagement with parents
- IT infrastructure
- CPD for staff and students
- Transition to remote learning due to COVID-19
- What might lessons look like in 2021
- The future
Following on from 10 years as a specialist Technology College, de Ferrers became an Academy in January 2011. It has grown into a large, split-site, co-educational institution catering for the full range of students from ages 11-18. In 2015 de Ferrers became the first school of The de Ferrers Trust (a Multi Academy Trust). There are over 2150 students on roll, including an expanding Sixth Form of nearly 400, and each Year 7 entry since 1985 has been oversubscribed.