Workshops at ‘Outstanding’ Staffordshire school to inspire teachers’ use of classroom technology

Sally Tippett

Stafford’s Oakridge Primary School, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ at its most recent Ofsted inspection, will play host to a series of three workshops aimed at helping teachers make the most of the teaching technology at their fingertips.

The morning sessions will be led by Stone-based independent educational technology consultant, Sally Tippett, who works closely with the school to ensure it makes full use of its ICT infrastructure.  Sally draws on many years’ experience both as a teacher and an ICT specialist at local authority level to deliver engaging and inspiring sessions on a range of hot topics.

The first of the ‘CPD Boost Mornings’ sessions, focusing on how to conduct an Online Safety audit for the entire school, will take place on 7th June 2017 and will see attendees guided through the 360° Online Safety Audit and benchmark their school against others. Based on the current situation they will then produce an action plan to present to senior leaders and governors; leaving the session in a position to progress toward the Online Safety Award for their school. Sally says:

 “The aim of these sessions is to give teachers useful information in a short session which they can then take away and immediately reap the benefits from. In addition to hearing from me on some of the hottest topics in educational ICT they will get ‘hands on’ with the technology to ensure they have the skills and confidence to replicate sessions in a classroom environment.”

The other sessions in the series focus on the creative use of ICT. On 28th June the focus will be how to create a radio show with pupils using free software to encourage speaking and listening and develop spoken language. A session on 5th July, meanwhile, will look at bringing the ‘Big Screen’ into school using green screen technology to engage and excite pupils whilst developing planning, script writing, performance and production skills.

 Head teacher at Oakridge Primary School, Paul Fisher, explains why the school is hosting the workshops:

“We have worked with Sally for a number of years and she has had a huge impact on the effective implementation of our ICT strategy. These morning sessions are a great way of sharing best practice and exploring important issues with other schools whilst giving attendees something solid that they can take back and roll out at their own school.

The CPD Boost Morning sessions will take place between 9.15am and 11.45am and cost just £60pp. Following the initial three sessions in June and July the series will be repeated in September and October. Spaces are limited and advance booking is essential for all workshops. To find out more and secure your space, visit