King Ecgbert School and Notre Dame High School are official Department for Education 'EdTech Demonstrator Schools', collectively known as EdTechSheff.

The programme was originally introduced to boost peer-to-peer support on the effective use of technology and was then tailored to help schools and colleges provide education remotely during COVID-19.

Now going into its 2nd year, the programme is moving to support Covid recovery and strategic school improvement through implementation of Education Technology. 

Through our team of EdTech Specialists we will be offering different levels of support - from light touch, addressing a specific need over the course of term, to longer term support - helping schools and colleges develop long term strategic plans to integrate technology effectively into teaching and learning in a sustainable manner.

The support will focus on the following themes:

1.      Catch-up and recovery including ways technology can bolster pupil/student progress and outcomes, making education boundless anytime, anywhere; for example, through online and in-person teaching and supporting high-quality assessment and feedback.  

2.      Teacher workload, including ways technology can remove unnecessary workload burdens, support more flexible teaching practices, improve access to excellent curriculum resources and develop professional bonds and communities.  

3.      School and college improvement plans; ensuring that adoption of technology has a clear plan and supports the wider aims of the school/college.  This will include use of devices, acknowledging the challenges brought through a 1:1 device model. 

4.      School and college resource management, including ways technology can get the best value for money from their existing resources and securing informed procurement decisions where necessary.  

5.      Securing an accessible and inclusive curriculum with a focus on improving access for pupils with SEND and exclusions.