Digital leaders make school a top achiever

High tech&.Longton Lane digital leaders with one of the school's new Activ Tables
High tech&.Longton Lane digital leaders with one of the school's new Activ Tables
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A group of 30 young ‘digital leaders’ is helping to propel Longton Lane Community Primary School in Rainhill into the technology top tier.

Already at the forefront of ICT teaching and learning nationally, with two ICT Marks awarded in the last five years, the school has now recruited 30 pupils to help classmates and staff get to grips with new state-of-the-art equipment and systems.

The kit was purchased as part of a successful bid to the Agilisys Innovation Fund, which is also helping other St Helens schools with their ICT studies.

Head teacher Kathy Maggs said: “We’ve now applied for higher level award – the Third Millennium Award – which the digital leaders are a big part of.

“They will keep up to date with new apps and offer guidance on their use in the classroom. They also run a weekly ICT club in the school and help out in the classroom.”

Future plans could also see the digital leaders using blogging and networking facilities to hold meetings with counterparts from other schools.

The new equipment will also have big benefits for staff from Longton Lane and other schools, with professional development sessions on topics like digital marking – helping to reduce workload and increase engagement.

Longton Lane’s new ‘Activ Table’ will also allow teachers to track participation and collaborative activities - increasing independence and boosting achievement among lower ability groups.