In a special assembly at Lanchester EP Primary School in County Durham, a representative of Weduc awarded a 42” Smart TV to the school’s Digital Leaders for winning a Twitter competition at BETT.
Tim O’Keefe, Commercial Director at Weduc, presented the television in a special assembly in front of the whole school.
Tim commented: “Lanchester EP is leading the way in terms of how it uses technology, not just in the classroom, but in the way that it communicates with parents. Technology is becoming a part of everyday life, and by using it to engage parents and pupils alike, the school is setting an amazing example.”
The school has been further recognised by educational software firm, Weduc, for its commitment to Digital Leadership. Whilst attending BETT, the leading educational technology show in the world, Lanchester EP Primary came to meet the Weduc team. The school took four pupils, chosen as Digital Leaders, to give a presentation on a number of technologies and software products, which in turn has attracted a great deal of attention, including industry professionals.
“We have invited pupils from all age ranges to be Digital Leaders,” said Lanchester Primary Head Teacher, Jane Davies. “Our youngest presenter at the BETT Show was just six years old, and she, like all of them, was amazing.”
Lanchester EP went to visit the Weduc stand and upon discussing their technology and the Digital Leadership programme; Weduc commended the school on the direction they were going in with their efforts to incorporate technology into a child’s learning journey. Keeping in line with the theme of becoming more technology focused, they were told about a selfie-based, Twitter competition that Weduc were running. The prize was to win a 42” Smart TV; all they had to do was upload a ‘selfie’ to Twitter and use the hashtag #winwithweduc.
“Parental engagement is vital in ensuring that a child’s learning journey doesn’t just end at 3pm. Studies have demonstrated that schools with effective parental engagement are more likely to benefit from an uplift in attainment, achievement and even attendance. Now, technology is available to enable schools to do this, whilst also saving money on their existing communications at the same time,” said Mr O’Keefe.
Jane Davies added, “The school is grateful to Weduc for this prize. We have been slowly expanding our use of technology over the last few years and we’re constantly looking at new ways to enhance this. Fortunately our staff have embraced this strategy and our ICT adviser, Mr Bailey, has been instrumental with his guidance and expertise. We intend to put this TV in the new reception area that is currently under construction and we will be using it to display videos made by students as well as examples of their work.”
Weduc highlights parental engagement as being one of the most undervalued areas in schools, but recognises it as being one of the most important and effective ways to improve attainment, attendance and achievement – this is exactly what Weduc enables schools to do.
Weduc is a software company specialising in providing a whole-school communication and engagement platform for parents, students and teachers which allows for a more effective approach to engaging all relevant stakeholders for the education sector.