Both schools have traditional academic curriculums, and their success has been based on a core offer of an excellent curriculum and very strong classroom teaching wrapped up with a caring ethos and supportive pastoral teams.
New technology has been a large part of their success but not central to it- they both pride themselves on making appropriate but innovative use of technology in running the school as an organisation as well as enhancing teaching and learning but never using technology for its own sake. Since the shut-down of schools it is their expertise with remote learning over the web that has come to the fore.
King Ecgbert and Notre Dame are system leading schools, teaching schools, and a host of other roles in the system. Notre Dame notably is an Associate Research School closely connected to the EEF so seeks to contribute an evidence based approach to school improvement disseminating not only what research tells us about technology but also about how to manage change. King Ecgbert School is proud of its conversion to an online Virtual School where all aspects of the school from teaching and learning, pastoral care, administration and finance have gone online.
Together Notre Dame and King Ecgbert School as EdTechSheff seek to support other schools through the Demonstrator Schools Programme with written and video stories of their work, webinars to larger groups as well as more bespoke Q&A with schools and groups of schools.