Our students are part of a world where technology is rapidly changing the way we live and work.

As a Trust, we are committed to providing experiences and teaching values that prepare young people to be adaptable and confident users of technology.

Our priority is to educate students to use new technology as they encounter it, both thoughtfully and effectively in order to give them the best possible opportunities for the future.

We are all immersed in a highly connected world where IT affects every aspect of our lives. As a Trust we aspire to both make the best possible use of technology and to harness mobile and web technologies to support every learner.

eLearning Strategy

In 2016, Trustees made the decision to accelerate the pace of progress in our eLearning provision across our academies.

Through a dedicated eLearning Strategy and significant investment in our facilities this is an exciting development for the Trust.

Since 2013 we have invested in upgrading our facilities and modernising the way we use technology for learning, but this is just the start of what we can achieve.

Utilising innovative new methods to develop teaching and learning, we are investing in transforming the use of IT in the classroom.

To support this we are expanding the professional development opportunities on offer, developing a community of practice across each cluster, and building a bank of online resources to support this.

Developing a common framework of system security and compliance is also a key priority, removing barriers to the use of new technologies and increasing organisational effectiveness and efficiencies.

Our use of IT will be a distinctive feature that sets us apart as a Multi Academy Trust and will set standards for the future.

Star Classroom

Star Classroom is a programme established in 2016 as part of our eLearning Strategy, which reflected our Trustees’ decision to accelerate the pace of progress in our eLearning provision across our academies.

As well as redefining the vision for our classrooms, the project established a network of more than 100 people working together to improve how we use technology to support our mission.

We regularly publish news items and resources through the project blog and the Star Classroom Twitter feed. A compilation of some of the best teaching ideas has been released as a downloadable pamphlet, together with a website of support material, videos and resources.

Across our network of schools we have a series of levels of training for staff, ranging from Google Certified Educator training for newly qualified teachers, through to Challenge for eLearning which supports teachers that are already making strong use of technology in their work in achieving excellence.

Our use of IT will be a distinctive feature that sets us apart as a Multi Academy Trust and will set standards for the future.

Highlights from the 2016 - 17 Academic Year include:

  • The creation of 116 Star Classrooms across the DRET network
  • Hundreds of videos created by teachers and students to help learn, revise and consolidate skills and knowledge shared across the Trust
  • Enhanced wireless networks to improve connectivity at our academies
  • Over 3,000 books available to borrow from the DRET eLibrary, with over 2,000 downloads per month
  • A student conference held at Google UK HQ, to explore their views of the future role of technology in schools
  • A Trust-wide cloud system to share information and resources

Testimonial

“It was a real privilege for our students to meet experts from Google and find out more about the new technologies that are going to influence their futures.”

Guy Shearer, Head of IT

Discussing the impact of a student conference held at Google UK HQ

Testimonial

“Science, technology, engineering and maths are at the heart of the British economy, so it is vital that we equip our students with the skills and enthusiasm to pursue careers in this area.

Events like British Science Week really add value to the curriculum we offer, and encourage our students to develop a curiosity for science and technology in and outside the classroom.”

Richard Williams

Director of Academic Studies

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