On Friday 8th November 2019, Preston Teaching School Alliance welcomed twenty-eight School Direct secondary trainees to ‘Enhancing your classroom teaching with ICT and VLEs’.

The conference was held at Archbishop Temple School, a high performing secondary school in Fulwood, Preston that has deployed the use of iPads throughout the school. Every pupil at the school has access to an iPad to aid their learning.

The conference was delivered by Paul Cairns, Assistant Headteacher, Helen McLean, Head of IT and Computing and Richard McGee, Head of Science at Archbishop Temple School.

Trainees attended five useful sessions; Why use ICT in schools? Online Safety, Embedding New Technologies into Lessons, Using Mobile Devices as an Effective Tool for Assessment and an Introduction to VLE’s.

Trainees came away from the day understanding the value of ICT in learning in school, learning different strategies to engage learners using ICT. They gained a deeper understanding of online safety, learned how to embed VLE's into Teaching and Learning and developed an awareness of some useful software. The highly experienced teachers leading the sessions also provided an invaluable insight into their own teaching experience, imparting useful techniques that the trainees may wish to incorporate into their teaching practice.

If you are interested in training to become a teacher with Preston Teaching School Alliance please contact telephone Sandra Duggan (Secondary), on 01772 867210 or email at duggans@broughtonhigh.co.uk or Laura Adams (Primary), on 01772 863849 or email adamsl@broughtonhigh.co.uk

Find out more about our teacher training programme here.

Find out more about School Direct courses at the University of Cumbria.