Our service has over 10 years of experience working successfully with schools and other partners evaluating the impact of a range of technologies on raising attainment and pupil engagement across the curriculum. Some of these projects have been grant funded, some have been financed through partnering with external funding organisations and others have been delivered freely or through cost recovery from the schools involved. Several of these projects have resulted in the centre or teachers participating in the projects winning or being short listed for several national awards.
Media Literacy Project
It is widely acknowledged that film and other media have the capacity to inspire children to become more active, engaged, and expert readers and writers. In late 2010 Learning and Curriculum consultants from Bradford’s Children’s Services worked in close partnership with the National Media Museum and the British Film Institute to deliver a CPD programme to enable Primary teachers to utilise film in the Primary classroom with the aim of raising standards in boys’ writing. Data from this pilot project suggested using film in this way significantly raised engagement and attainment in Literacy and in 2012 we launched the 3 year Media Literacy Leaders project.
Digital Leader Academy
The Digital Leader Academy was developed to provide a quality learning experience for teachers who want to develop their own Digital Leaders. The provision is designed to enable students to be experts and advocates of using appropriate technologies in schools, allowing them to act as ambassadors and peer mentors for staff and other students. We have worked with over 80 schools producing approximately 500 Digital Leaders in the last 4 years (we believe this is the largest concentration of Digital Leaders in any authority in the country).