Bridge the Divide – St Fidelis Primary School

St Fidelis is a successful primary school that challenges all children to strive for excellence. The senior leadership of the school have committed to providing the best possible tools to support high quality teaching and learning to maximise chances for all reach their potential. In the last two years the school has committed to the implementation of Google G suite with a device to pupil ratio starting at one device per three pupils two years ago, to currently one between two. With the LGfL Bridge the Divide programme, the school will now be able to achieve a one to one ratio in Key Stage in September 2020.

What advice would you give schools considering LGfL?

‘I went to lots of different companies looking for devices. And I was just about to order before I heard about LGfL’s Bridge the Divide’ programme. We have now been able to get an extra 40 devices for the same price I was going to pay. Bridge Divide is allowing us to further our offer, to ensure we can put a device into every child's hand.'

Ben Kennor – Assistant Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

What are the benefits of 1:1 devices in the classroom?

‘We've been using Chromebooks for quite a while, but having 1:1 would be really helpful, especially in terms of spotting misconceptions. Students have been off for a long time. When they return, we're going to need as many resources to support their learning and have virtual classrooms, tailored to what you can see in front of you.’

Laura Daly – Class teacher and History Co Ordinator

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

What does your EdTech journey look like?

‘It's really important that our students have access to excellent resources and tools so my staff can challenge all students to do their very best! 'Bridge the Divide' allows us to achieve 1:1 device ratio for those students in Key Stage 2. This will enable us to further adapt and develop our teaching to achieve excellence in all that we do.’

Mark Hannon – Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

How has your increased device ration supported students as part of your strategy?

'Bridge the divide is really important for St Fidelis because we're currently at a 1:2 device ratio and with this device offering from LGfL, we are going to be able to achieve a 1:1 ratio soon and we think that for us we'll have quite a significant impact.’

Mark Hannon – Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

What have been your challenges / successes?

‘The technology just worked and all the time; that was that was new for us. We would turn on devices and they just worked and have never stopped! The support we had in training was cascaded down to our staff, so they always felt informed and knew what to do. Staff were brave and experiment and tried their own ideas out.’

Ben Kennor – Assistant Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

How has affordable devices accelerated the impact on Teaching and Learning?

We're able to increase the pace of learning because Staff can see misconceptions that students have and immediately support that child, to get them caught up and help them to make the progress they need to make in that lesson.’

Ben Kennor – Assistant Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

How do you manage devices effectively to ensure they can fulfil your T&L strategy?

We use Meraki licenses from the LGfL services to manage our iPads and that works well. We had Google Admin licences discounted from LGfL to manage Chrome Books which means that we can manage 150, 200 devices at scale, safely, securely and fast!

Ben Kennor – Assistant Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

What resources have you been using on the devices with students?

'We use 'Classflow' because that allows Staff to deliver lessons to individual students, allowing them to collaboratively send ideas back to the whiteboard, allowing Staff to assess and allows children to collaborate.

Ben Kennor – Assistant Headteacher

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School