The Academy vision to transform lives and enable every member of the SCWA family to thrive in an ever-changing world is embodied in our commitment to develop powerful digital citizens of the future. With the highest expectations and aspirations, inspiring innovation, creativity, and a lasting love of learning, we create opportunities for digital skills to be developed through every learning opportunity across our curriculum.
We recognise that the development of independent learning habits is critical to student success and that by having access to digital technology students can use the varied learning tools and online resources available to help them realise their full potential.
Our new bring your own device scheme (BOYD) has been created to specifically support our Key Stage 4 and 5 students. By using Leigh Academies Trust buying power, and dealing directly with the IT provider, we have achieved significant savings against standard retail pricing to enable all students to lease-purchase their own Chromebook!
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome OS as its operating system. Chromebooks start up in seconds and offer thousands of apps for productivity and creativity.
Long battery life: Their battery life can last for more than 10 hours!
Work online or offline: Various cloud-based apps can take advantage of local storage to ensure you keep working offline. Your changes are then automatically synced when you next go online.
Protected: Chromebooks also have built-in virus protection and back up all your files online to the cloud rather than storing them on the actual device.
How does it work?: When you login to a Chromebook using a SCWA email address, you will immediately have access to all of your email and documents stored in Google Drive as well as access to Goggle Classroom which many teachers use for homework and enhance lessons. You aren’t just limited to the Google Apps suite (email, docs, sheets) you also have access to the Internet and our curated list of extensions that support learning and revision. If you login to another Chromebook you’ll find all of your settings are already transferred across and you can keep working as normal.
Chromebook v. Laptop: There are some obvious differences between a Chromebook and a normal laptop, such as the inability to install applications such as Photoshop or Microsoft Office, as they require a full desktop Operating System (OS). However, that does not mean you are not able to perform all of the same tasks as there are many online alternatives such as Pixir Editor and Google Docs.
Further information: https://www.google.com/chromebook/
A key advantage of purchasing a Chromebook through this scheme is that the device will be enrolled and managed by the Google Chrome Management Console.
The features of this management console are that the Academy can:
– block or pre-install apps, extensions and URLs.
– modify user settings like bookmarks and themes to provide the easy links the students need for learning.
– configure the network settings to make it easy for students to get up and running and ensure they’re protected by web filters and firewalls, including enforcing Google safe search.
– control who uses your Chromebook, ensuring only designated users can log in
You will not get these benefits if you bring your own device purchased in a retail store.
Tim Cross, Head of Learning Technology, Leigh Academies Trust
Please use the following details to login and find out how to order your Chromebook:
Portal Link: http://student.freedomtech.co.uk/
Non-Pupil Premium Students:
Pupil Premium Students
Password: Welcome 01
Pupil Premium is a sum of money, given to schools annually by the Government, to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.