Our belief here at Priory, is that all students should have inclusive access to the technology available to enhance their teaching and learning experience. As a school, we are working towards the potential to become a Microsoft Showcase School, hopefully pioneering state-of-the-art educational technology at school and in the wider education sector.
CPD for staff is an intrinsic element of our digital strategy and we are delighted that here at Priory we have a team of staff who will be working towards becoming Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts in the academic year 2021/22. This will create a school culture of adaptability and innovation, aiming to encourage all staff to continue to work towards this award. Our digital strategy means that we, staff and students alike, are prepared for innovative and collaborative learning from anywhere – at home or in the classroom.
“At Priory, we are committed to progressing our digital strategy at a whole school level. Our Lead Practitioner for Digital Transformation works closely with staff across the school to ensure that our digital technology plan meets our academic and pastoral needs. In addition to this we have a team of staff and pupil digital ambassadors from different departments to champion our digital strategy and work with all parties to evolve the teaching and learning at Priory”
In 2020 here at Priory, we embarked on our Digital Transformation journey to improve Teaching & Learning through innovative use of digital technology both inside and outside the classroom. Working in partnership with a local flagship Microsoft EdTEch school, Priory is undertaking the challenge of enhancing learning in the classroom to secure the best outcomes for all students through the best use of modern, innovative teaching infrastructure. In a digital age, we are aiming to not only secure the very best currency for our students in their academic outcomes, but also in their personal development and confidence in the use of technology for an increasingly digital world.
Our Digital Transformation journey takes the form of a 3 year strategic plan to successfully embed the use of technology into the curriculum of all areas of the school whilst ensuring that both staff and students are well equipped in effective use of the technology on offer. This plan will be implemented in three distinct phases:
Phase 1 - Embryonic
Phase 2 - Embedding
Phase 3 - Showcasing
Our commitment to digital development is at the very heart of our education and school life. Everyone at Priory shares the same digital experience. Our students, our staff, our classrooms are connected through a holistic digital provision of software, including Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. This commonality is crucial because it enables the whole community to be inclusive and innovative.
We also know that digital technology will help prepare our students for the life after Priory by providing them with a richer educational experience and by giving them the skills and confidence to enter the wider world of study and work, where digital literacy and technology will play a huge role.
Particularly relevant at the moment, our commitment to digital progression means that we can maintain an exemplary quality of teaching and learning whether at school, home or anywhere else.
Coupled with this offer, we run Digital Ambassador Programmes for staff and students, where our in-house Digital Ambassadors can lead the way in sharing CPD and supporting each other where necessary. Student Digital Ambassadors can work with other students to troubleshoot the use of devices and support their understanding of how to access and use some of the platforms on offer, whilst staff ambassadors lead the way in research and development of the most effective tools to share with each other.