Tablet Scheme

As you would expect we are continuously looking to improve the quality of Teaching and Learning at Chesterton and we provided staff and students with an exciting array of opportunities to develop their practice.

We have been honoured to be recognised as a World Class High Performance Learning School. Recent results including two successive years of achieving a Progress 8 score above 1 means students at Chesterton on average receive a grade higher at Chesterton compared to the national average we are in the top 1% of schools nationally. A focus on skills as well as knowledge alongside access to resources are key contributors to our teaching and learning. We believe the use of the iPad has contributed in allowing students to access these higher types of learning.

At its core we believe that spend on technology by parents and the school is inevitable and as such we must ensure that the money we invest makes the biggest difference.

We fundamentally believe that engaging and challenging traditional teaching with written outcomes contribute to the greatest progress and that clever and innovative technology can be used to support these aims. The quality of written work and homework have vastly improved by replacing word processors (school computer rooms and home laptops) with devices that can facilitate traditional functionality, but importantly progress to much better supporting the knowledge and comprehension that goes into written work – we see the results of this in sustained outstanding outcomes.

Over the course of the last six academic years the College has, with sufficient support from parents & carers, introduced tablets as learning devices at Chesterton.

We also understand that over reliance on technology will risk having the adverse effect and that with the technology itself comes more than just access to resources. A robust continuous eSafety program, technological solutions and tiered approach to family support all work to ensure that children use the devices sensibly and safely. Central the success of any school initiative is to link home and school life harmoniously and this is why we allow email and filtered internet access alongside age appropriate access to Apps for personal use. We find working with students and families on their online life and safety is more effective than sweeping issues under the carpet.


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Internet Filtering

At Chesterton we use a filtering service provided by the “Cambridgeshire County Council ICT Service”.

This provides internet filtering at home and at school, this allows you to have peace of mind that that your children are always safe on the web. Unfortunately the way the filtering works means that sometimes perfectly safe websites or images get blocked. If you find a website that you think should be unblocked please contact any member of the ICT Department via the staff contacts list on this website. Unfortunately we do not have the ability to unblock images.


Lost or damaged iPads

Please keep the case on the iPad at all times as this protects against damage.

If a student has lost their iPad or believes it to be stolen they need to contact IT straight away, the sooner we know the easier it is to find it. Please make sure that the student has also checked with their teachers and in the classrooms that they had been in the day of losing the device.

Please make sure that when any damage occurs it is reported to IT in a timely manner – you can do this by visiting the IT office at break or at the end of the day.


Parent Support

We understand that on some occasions we are: asking for a device to be placed in the home where they might not have been one before; asking students to use technology that parents may be unfamiliar with; or needing to provide support to ensure the scheme is successful for your child.

As such, we offer a wide ranging and age appropriate pastoral and academic curriculum for students on safe and effective use, but we also offer parents tiered support as set out below. If you would like support from the school in managing the iPad use, we can offer:

  • To talk to your child about their iPad use.
  • To restrict the internet filters to include, or not, Social Media
  • To restrict the hours the iPad can connect to the internet
  • To restrict access to the App Store
  • To leave the iPad at school overnight

 

If you have any queries about the above please do contact any member of the IT Department using the staff list contacts on this website who will be happy to assist or pass to on to the relevant member of staff.

If you are a participating member and have any financial queries please contact


Donating towards the cost of the scheme

Our preferred method of receiving your monthly donation is through the CAF online service. Please use this link https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/17109 to access this service. Please do tick the Gift Aid box on the online form if you are eligible to do so. This allows us to receive increased funds from the government at no additional expense to yourself.


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