Engayne’s Digital Leaders show the way with ICT to delegates from the Japanese Association for Educational Technology on a visit to Havering LA

Mrs Stephanie Homewood and Engayne’s Digital Leaders share the Engayne Digital Leaders’ Blog with delegates from Japan

On Tuesday 10th July 2012 a delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and Japanese Association of Educational Technology visited Engayne Primary Teaching School, Havering to explore ICT within the School.

The delegation were met by Engayne’s Head Teacher Mrs Suzanne Ship, ICT Leader Mrs Stephanie Homewood and members of Engayne’s Digital Leaders’ group.  A tour of the school was provided to share some of the ways in which ICT is being used to support teaching and learning including:-

  • Kindles to support reluctant readers
  • Filming of puppet performances to support reading by pupils
  • Using GarageBand on Apple Macs to develop Olympic theme music
  • Creating 3D games about Europe
  • Learning directional language using programmable robots

Kindles in use to support reading

The Digital Leaders then explained that they help with the following tasks:-

  • Tracking ICT use via a record sheet to ensure equality of access for all pupils
  • Trial new software and equipment
  • Weekly laptop trolley checks
  • Fault reporting to ICT technicians
  • Emailing teachers about computer use
  • Training for pupils and staff
  • Attending staff meetings to help train staff and share ideas to improve ICT
  • Sharing good practice
  • Editing the Engayne ICT Blog
  • Attending Havering’s Collabor8 4 Change professional development event
  • Facilitating seminars at the BETT ICT Show
  • Welcoming visitors to the school

The Digital Leaders meet weekly with Mrs Homewood for a quick catch-up to explore tasks and attend after-school meetings to work on ICT-related tasks.  There is a formal application process for pupils to apply to help with ICT tasks.

The Digital Leaders commented that being involved in the initiative has allowed for the following outcomes… “It has helped to develop our confidence”… “I have skills that will be useful for the future”… “I’m more confident speaking to people”

There are plans afoot for Engayne Digital Leaders to present on the 2simple and Rising Stars’ stands at BETT 2013

The Japanese delegation were also interested in the School’s approaches to achieving the Naace ICT Mark twice, meeting with the School’s ICT Development Team including Mrs Jan Atkins, Mr Nick Clifford and Mr Stuart Easton during the visit.

Japanese delegates discuss the use of computer programming to support teaching and learning

For more information on setting-up a Digital Leaders’ group in your school visit http://haveringict.edublogs.org/2012/07/04/havering-digital-leaders-network-sign-up-now/

Dave Smith – ICT Adviser



Havering School Improvement Services





Switched On ICT and International Primary Curriculum Meeting Agenda – 280612


Switched On ICT and International Primary Curriculum Focus Group

Venue: Rise Park Junior School, Annan Way, Rise Park, Romford, Essex RM1 4UD

Date: Thursday 28th June 2012

Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm


Please find the agenda for the meeting of the Switched On ICT and International Primary Curriculum Focus Group hosted by Rise Park Junior School in association with Hsis and Rising Stars Publishers here –  SOICT and IPC Focus Group Meeting 1 28th June 2012


Rise Park Junior School are particularly keen to engage with other schools in Havering LA who are using both Switched On ICT and the IPC in order to make effective links between the two and hopefully to save you all some very valuable time.  As you will know, Switched On ICT has been provided free for all primary schools buying into the Hsis School Improvement Packages and is having real impact on teaching and learning across Havering and now in 1000+ schools across England and beyond since its launch in 2011.

What will the meeting focus on?

The initial aim is to develop a curriculum matching grid – like the attached SOICT_Edison_Matching_Grid developed for the Edison Learning Connected Curriculum with 5 Havering schools using the Edison resources.

Examples of planning from your school

Feel free to bring examples of planning and outcomes of pupils work to share.  The intention is to share ideas and examples of how schools have linked the resources, as well as learning from each other.

If you have not already booked a place…

We look forward to hearing from you to confirm if a representative from your school will be in attendance at the session at Rise Park Junior School at 4.30pm – 6.00pm on Thursday 28th June 2012 (we would be more than happy to see more than one representative if you so wish).  Please email dsmith1.311@lgflmail.org to confirm your attendance by Friday 22nd June 2012.

NB. This Group is open to Havering schools purchasing the Hsis School Improvement Packages at Level 1, 2, 3 and 3+

We are not using IPC or Edison, but would like help with mapping Switched On ICT to our curriculum  – can you help?

Schools can make use of their ICT allocations from their Hsis Packages, or purchase bespoke time beyond this in order to seek advice from the Hsis ICT Team on ways in which to link Switched On ICT resources to individual school (creative) curriculum maps.  Please feel free to contact us via dsmith1.311@lgflmail.org  – we would be happy to help advise.

NB.  This Group is organised without the support of the International Primary Curriculum