On Wednesday 3rd October 2012, a delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Education continued their visit organised by the Havering School Improvement Services’ ICT Team to explore the ways in which ICT is having a significant affect on whole-school improvement in Havering, London Borough.
The morning was spent at The Brittons Academy, where delegates examined an array of technology in action including Apple Mac computers for music and film-making, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Making in Technology. They also explored Brittons’ innovative approach to allowing students to bring their own devices to help them to learn, making use of the Academy’s site wide wireless network. The delegates listened to the views of Principal Mr Robert Sheffield, Vice Principal Mr Richard Ayre and their colleagues and students about the successful ways in which they have engaged students in the development of the Academy’s ICT strategy.
In the afternoon, the delegation heard from the Havering School Improvement Services’ Principal Inspector Mr Grahame Smith and the Hsis ICT Team about ‘Whole School Improvement Through ICT in Havering and Beyond’.
Broadford Primary School Headteacher, Mr Malcolm Drakes then shared ways in which his school has transformed home:school engagement through the use of Twitter, FaceBook and a blog.
Delegates joined the Havering Primary ICT Network Leaders’ Meeting and ICT leaders from schools across Havering to experience how Havering schools come together with the Hsis ICT Team to share best practice. Havering school and Japanese delegates were treated to a live demonstration on the use of a visualiser to support the teaching of geometry and a presentation by Dr Jun Takahashi of the University of Toyama on the subject of ICT provision in Japanese schools. All delegates heard about the success of Switched on IC T from Mr Nigel Hooton of St.Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Romford.
The two days were full of sharing of ideas and information and continues the strong tradition of over five years of links between Havering schools, Havering School Improvement Services and the Japanese Ministry of Education and Japan Association for Educational Technology. Long may it continue!