The government has announced another 18 schools and colleges handed up to £150,000 each to become “edtech demonstrators”.
They will help other schools and colleges to use technology to support remote learning after the programme was repurposed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The first 20 “edtech demonstrators” were announced in April and included two colleges – Basingstoke College of Technology and Darlington College. The scheme is part of the government’s £10 million edtech strategy, launched by former education secretary Damian Hinds, to “harness the power of technology in schools and colleges”.
The announcement today includes eight colleges: Derby College Group, Exeter College, Grimsby Institute, Harlow College, The Manchester College, Oldham Sixth Form College, West Suffolk College Group and Wilberforce College.
The remaining 10 are schools.
The programme aims to help education providers who are “using technology effectively” to share their expertise. The providers are awarded between £70,000 and £150,000 in grant funding, with the scheme running until the end of March next year.
Most schools and colleges have to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and “satisfy” the DfE that they have “robust financial controls, including financial reserves”.
The guidance states that “all programme support will now be provided remotely” during the outbreak.
The 18 new ‘edtech demonstrators’
Dalton St Mary’s Primary School
Denbigh High School with Challney High School for Girls (Chiltern Learning Trust)
DCG (Derby College Group)
Elizabeth Woodville Primary School
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education – part of The TEC Partnership
GST King’s Warrington
Heart of Worcestershire College
The Manchester College (part of LTE Group)
Oldham Sixth Form College
Outwood Grange Academies Trust
Pheasey Park Farm Primary School and Early Years Centre
Reach Academy Feltham
Stephenson Memorial Primary School
West Suffolk College Group and Suffolk Academies Trust including Abbeygate Sixth Form College and One Sixth Form College, Swavesey Village College and the ConnectED Teaching School Alliance led by Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School