The past two years have seen Casllwchwr Primary school achieve a grade one in each of the seven key areas when inspected in May 2010 by ESTYN. Following that outstanding inspection we made a conscious decision to embrace mobile technology in order to engage with a child’s world with regards to learning and to prepare our pupils for the 21 st century.
The last two years have been nothing short of incredible, with over 250 delegates visiting the school to share good practice, national recognition in the shape of two major awards, the school running its own conference as well as helping to organise and speak at many others, advising neighbouring authorities on a successful mobile rollout programme, successful Digital Day Experiences and myself now sitting on the Ministers Practitioners Panel and National Digital Learning Council for the next two years with the aim of making Wales a world leader in digital learning. The fact that Apple have afforded us Lighthouse status and have announced that we are now the Regional Training Centre for Swansea in conjunction with the LEA, ICT Curriculum team means we are in an ideal position to now develop further as a school and community.
Casllwchwr Primary is now ready for the next stage in our development and this development comes in the shape of the LIFE (Lifelong Intergenerational Furthering Education) Programme. In full conjunction with the City and County of Swansea and hopefully Welsh Government, the school will receive major funding to develop and deliver learning programmes to a whole host of groups and audiences from its brand new extended 21st century media pod in school, via the iPad. The programme will also allow every child in Y3, 4, 5 and 6 to be given an iPad 3 each to keep for the duration of their stay at Casllwchwr. As well as that there will be seven iPads in each Foundation Phase class. My next post will talk in more detail about the set up at Casllwchwr and what fantastic opportunities our teachers, pupils and community now have.There will be free training for parents and community members as well as intergenerational groups from lower Loughor and beyond. The school will also receive funding to employ a CTO (Community Technical Officer) who will be school based and will help manage, develop and review technological learning programmes for all stakeholders. There are huge partnerships with Swansea University, ESW Officers, all schools in Swansea, key research pieces being undertaken, the first iPad cluster programme in Wales and Casllwchwr will also be a digital mentor for targeted schools each year for the next three years. This years school will be Seaview Primary in Swansea.
It is a unique programme and we are very proud at Casllwchwr to be leading it in full partnership with Key stakeholders. We very much look forward to sharing our journey with Mike and you via this blog and as well as my contribution, my E – Learning Manager and Assistant Head Sarah Reece will post tutorials, apps and useful teaching and learning ideas along with pupil tutorials and input about what it is like to be a child in a 1:1 school.
Go to the App store or Google Play to download our school app and feel free to follow the school on twitter – @Casllwchwr1
The LIFE programme is also on twitter – @life1881
School website address is – http://www.casllwchwrprimary.com
We hope this joint blog really helps you on your mobile journey.