Advancements in digital technology are changing the way we live, work and communicate, and as today’s digital pioneers young people are at the forefront of this change. By being able to communicate instantly through social media, and by having 24/7 access to the internet in their pockets, students are demanding new, technology rich approaches to learning that are more engaging, efficient and akin to their 21st Century behaviours.
The Stationers’ Digital Media Centre (DMC) is a key development in our intention to fully ‘digitise’ the Academy and provides a focus of our work particularly in KS4 and KS5.
The DMC is located on the ground floor of the William Morris building and includes a Digital Learning Lab room and a Creative Suite.
The Digital Learning Lab
User group: KS3 students
The Creative Suite – An industry standard creative suite
User group: KS4/5 students
Within a LAT digital school students and teachers become co-constructors of digital pedagogy. By working together they find and develop new approaches to learning by blending both traditional and digital pedagogies together. This enables them to create their own bespoke approach to learning dependent on need within our own LAT digital learning framework.
Being a LAT digital school means you are able to collaborate with other professionals and have access to high quality specialist training on all four elements of the digital learning framework. The digital school not only embraces technology for learning but also for the facilitation of operational and organisational activities. The digital school is a paperless school and all communication and information sharing takes place via email or on the school website. We will look at development of a bespoke app for sharing key information with both students and parents will ensure communication and collaboration between school and home is both easy and convenient. This will put information such as students’ timetables, homework and progress at their fingertips.
Within a LAT digital school, our curriculum is constructed to promote collaborative, cross-curricular and phase learning whenever and wherever possible. Learning opportunities reflect professional business approaches with ‘real life’ projects, delivered through project-based learning; giving students valuable insight into working for a client, as part of a team and to deadlines.
The close involvement of employers and the extensive range of contacts provided by the Stationers are central to the mission of a LAT digital school. Employer involvement takes one or more of the following forms:
The role of universities is also central to the work of a LAT digital school to ensure effective progression pathways and to raise aspirations about achievement. Leigh Academies Trust already has very close links with The University of Greenwich and The University of Kent, as sponsors of its existing academies. Close ties with these high quality and leading-edge higher education providers – including new partners in Ravensbourne – bring about the following benefits in the interests of the Academy’s students:
Within a LAT digital school, our curriculum is constructed to promote collaborative, cross-curricular and phase learning whenever and wherever possible. Learning opportunities reflect professional business approaches with ‘real life’ projects, delivered through project- based learning; giving students valuable insight into working for a client, as part of a team and to deadlines.
With the rapid growth of both the creative and high tech industries there is increased demand for highly trained professionals in these areas and at LAT we aspire to develop tomorrow’s digital leaders and entrepreneurs. To ensure our students are equipped with the skills needed to achieve this we ensure all students from Key Stage 3-5 have allocated curriculum time to acquire, develop and secure key digital and business skills.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)
There is a highly aspirational, ‘fast-track’, two-year Key Stage 3, allowing greater time for Key Stage 4 study. Students broadly follow the National Curriculum subject areas to provide strong foundations in knowledge, understanding and skills; however greater emphasis is placed upon literacy and communication, particularly written and verbal communication.
All students study Computer Science and undertake specialist training in Creative Media design software.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)
All students study a core of English (including Literature), Maths, Science, Business and Sport. Where appropriate, students will follow the full range of English Baccalaureate subjects.
Post 16 (Years 12-14)
A wide range of high-quality academic and vocational options is available to students in the form of a 1, 2 or 3 year programme of study. Wherever possible, students are encouraged to continue their study of English Language and/or Literature, as well as Level 3 Core Mathematics. The curriculum also focuses in particular on a range of specialist areas at Level 3, as well as on apprenticeships and internships covering the employment sectors associated with the Stationers. Post 16 ‘specialist provision’ currently available at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy: