In March, we were very pleased to welcome a group of Italian Principals from a consortium of secondary schools in Italy for a course focussing specifically on using ICT in schools.
They spent a week with us, with sessions from technology specialists Johanna Stirling and Tony Prince, looking at a wide range of issues around ICT in schools. The focus for the principals was on developing a shared vision for how ICT would best be utilized. This involved carefully considering the why of ICT: the purpose behind the technology, but also the how in terms of digital tools and skills.
They also visited two local secondary schools – Ormiston Victory Academy and Taverham High School, where they were able to meet members of the Senior Management Team to discuss to discuss their implementation of ICT. The principals were able to observe classes, see ICT in use and talk to the teachers using it. The schools were very welcoming and very open about their experience of ICT deployment, its challenges and benefits. These visits allowed the principals not only to see the theory put into practice, but to discuss their own hopes and concerns.
To relax outside their time at Nile, they started the week with a Welcome Drink in a traditional pub and we said farewell to them with scones at an Afternoon Tea.