Rising to the challenge : SawtryInformation Technology Academy in a connected learning school and community Alan Stevens : Associate Principal
ChallengesDepartment for Education (DfE)schoolingeBaccOFSTEDno focus on ITA or DiplomaBusiness Innovation and Skills (BIS)STEM –science, technology, engineering, mathematicsskills shortage - employability
Setting the scene• Sawtry C.C. an Academy since 1st August 2011• 1400 (mixed) 11-18 year olds in a traditional Cambridgeshire “village college” on the A1M between Peterborough and Huntingdon. Commute – Cambridge/London/Birmingham• Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Computing• Microsoft Partner in Learning Mentor School• ICT Register Advocate School• Prince’s Teaching Institute• Training School• Sawtry Multitask – IT Academy providing a facility, service and Microsoft products in a rural area.• Outcomes – 70% 5 A*-C including Maths & English (96%) compared with eBACC – 3% What are we measuring? What is best for the learner?
What do you see? School or Learning Campus IT Academy The Tony Robinson Centre Public Library
The Digital Age – Decade. Current Year 7 – Born 2000What is on offer ? – ICT CurriculumPathways to success in the next decade:Learners are empowered – Alan NovemberTeachers have the learning technologies, connectivity andsoftware – challenge to harness the potential in the classroomand through inter-active learning platforms.Key Stage 3 – OCR National curriculum for three yearsKey Stage 4 – OCR National ICT. First year of offering GCSE I.T. fortop set. In third year of offering I.T. Diploma (22 students)Key Stage 5 – OCR A level ICT ( 28 students) and A level AppliedICT (15 students). Last year 6 students completed the Level 3 I.T.Diploma combined with A levels maths, science and business.
Year 8 Digigirl to Year 10 World Champion Congratulations Rebecca
Professional Development Centre – Initial Teacher Training
Continuous professional development for teachers
VITAL : in-house professional development partnership
Professional development for support staff: Megabites
Sawtry I T Academy – looking forwardDigital Literacy CurriculumMicrosoft Office Specialist (MOS) coursesPromote and support Self-Start Learning KitsOffer computer technician and support technicianand Web developer programmes.CEOP: e-safety www.childnet.com and www.parentport.org.uke.g. Using the Cloud – what does it mean for your child and family ?Digital Leaders in KS 3 Years 7- 9Digital Leaders progressing as I T Academy trainers 14-19 and working withapprenticeship schemes/partnersRSA Vision 2030 – Education and Skills in the Cambridge and wider area. ThinkingSkills events organised by Microsoft in Year 8, progressing to Year 12.
Skills Vision – Opportunity PeterboroughSawtry IT Academy has signed up to the Skills VisionPeterborough Skills Service:Information and support for careers informationCurriculum supportDeveloping employabilityEducational staff developmentCambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce:Educational and skills sectorICT SectorCollaborative Business and Community Partnerships• Innovit – IT education services• Luminus – social housing
Hidden Benefits of an I T Academy on a Learning Campus• Career awareness• Career pathways• Role models• Collaborative work with business• Peer IT support in lessons• e-safety• Confidence• Leadership• Enjoyment• Success
Progression into employment and further/higher education
Concluding remarks“A Microsoft Digital Learning Centre needs to be a core facilitywhich can support a connected learning school and community”The Digital Literacy Curriculum has already put in place thefoundations.
Contact DetailsAlan StevensAssociate PrincipalSawtry Community CollegePE28 5TQ01487 firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com