Northern Education Trust

Northern Education Trust are using digital monitoring technology in new and innovative ways.

We use it to identify children who may be at risk and execute an early intervention. But we also use it to increase targeted teaching and improve learning outcomes not just for children at risk but the whole school community.

An at-risk child identified through Monitoring, may have their teaching adjusted. This may be a 1:1 or a different learning environment according to their needs.

But more unusually, we identify risk trends captured each month and use them to inform topics for special assemblies, to empower teachers to address the topic in class and to initiate additional support initiatives.

Monthly reports are shared across the schools and with the Trustees and CEO. This flow of information means everyone becomes better informed of online dangers and how to stay safe online.

Outcomes include:
A 400% increase in number of detections of seriously at-risk pupils. Events that may otherwise have gone unnoticed or been detected too late.

Dramatically improved Ofsted ratings across 3 schools with Ofsted citing digital safety knowledge as a contributing factor.

Creation of a ‘whole trust’ understanding of how to stay safe on and offline.

Pheasey Park Farm Primary School

At Pheasey Park Primary School, our senior leaders are passionate about transforming whole school teaching culture with education technology. Its impact on school improvement has been independently researched by Lancaster University’s leading academic Prof Don Passey.
Transforming teaching and learning was imperative, as under previous leadership, it was described as “Dusty” by Ofsted. How could technology be used as a vehicle for school improvement, change pedagogical practice and develop a fit for purpose curriculum?

Embedded change was delivered by integrating a range of technology. Interactive flat panels and student devices linked together with the “Glue” of SMART Learning Suite software.

This year is the culmination of 5 years of strategic visioning, structured implementation and staff-led training. There has been a shift in pedagogy which has significantly impacted on every class throughout the school.
Visiting school leaders, educationalists and leading industry executives have witnessed the transformation of teaching and learning across all classes and beyond the school day.

This change has led to improvements in student outcomes, but more significantly a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning behaviours, staff wellbeing and improved working efficiency.
Pheasey’s embedded technology approach affords the opportunity to impact more schools as we join a Multi-Academy Trust.

Washacre Primary School

Washacre Primary School is in a challenging area of Bolton. Previous SATS results have been some of the lowest in the local area in recent years. However, under a new leadership team and several new staff, the school have looked to innovative solutions to improve results.

Last year Washacre adopted LbQ; a classroom app with 50,000 maths, English and science questions based on mastery structures Pupils receive immediate feedback to their answers, helping them self-correct misconceptions. Teachers see immediately who needs what help, making lesson planning more effective.

As a consequence, 2019 Key stage 2 SATS results have been staggering. But test results aren’t everything. Washacre’s culture is: ‘it’s ok not to know, but it’s not ok not to try’ LbQ fits this because the pupils can have several attempts at a question, increasing their confidence and resilience.

‘The children can’t wait to get the LbQ tablets out. They moan when I hit the pause button!’ says Cherise Duxbury, year 6 class teacher.
Staff subject knowledge has been boosted because LbQ breaks down questions. Teachers and TA’s move confidently around the class, providing personalised support at the point of learning.
‘I can be the creative teacher I want to be.’