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Title: Haywood Engineering College


1
Haywood Engineering College
  • Jill Chadwick Parental Coordinator
  • Ian Hopwood ICT Support

2
Context of school
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 1080 on roll
  • 35 on SEN register
  • 15 ethnic minority students
  • 23 free school meals
  • Last Ofsted May 2007 good with aspects of
    outstanding

3
Our Problem
  • Parental involvement in school was minimal
  • the school does not have a parent teacher
    association and a very small number of parents
    come into school to help in practical ways
  • Although the school makes every effort to
    involve parents in its life, the contribution of
    parents to pupils learning at school and at
    home is unsatisfactory
  • (Ofsted 2003)

4
Our Aims
  • Employ a Parental Coordinator (me)
  • Try to get all parents a communications channel
    via the internet
  • From this we could build bridges

5
What does the Parental Coordinator do?
  • Coordinate Mentoring team
  • Manage Family Liaison team
  • Parent Focus Group
  • Consult with students/parents/community
  • Involvement within community through the Extended
    Schools Agenda
  • PTFA
  • School Carnival

6
Carnival 2008
7
Carnival 2008
8
Internet Communications Channel
  • Audit 230 / 1080 no computer
  • Mainly ethnic minority or social/economic deprived

9
Successful Bid
  • 250,000 AWM
  • Citrix server
  • Thin client computers
  • Family Liaison Officers
  • NOT BROADBAND! next step

10
The Thin Client
  • What is a thin client?
  • The servers we use.
  • Virtual classroom.

11
Role of the FLO Technician
  • Having your cake and eating it.
  • Key to the door of opportunity
  • Offering technical and software support.
  • To support thin clients before and after
    installation.

12
Current Situation - Parents
  • Most families have thin clients or their own
    computer The Bridge is Built!
  • Training on use of Citrix server (getting parents
    to use the bridge)
  • Monitoring use of citrix server
  • Engagement stats for October 07 are 447
  • Number of log-in by 72 users

13
Getting Parents to use the ICT bridge
  • Family Liaison Officer
  • Exciting and a challenging role
  • The first point of contact between the family and
    the school
  • Introducing families to the concept of e learning
    / Virtual Classroom
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Providing basic user training and multi agency
    open sessions

14
Is it working ?
  • Better relationships with hard to reach parents
    free computer!
  • Family Liaison Officers and Technician invaluable
  • Parents are more open to linking up to school
    resources
  • Attendance is up at open evenings
  • Student attainment has risen in key subjects e.g.
    ICT

15
ICT Attainment at KS3 - Progress
16
Moving Forward
  • Introducing and providing more opportunities for
    learning
  • Making more software and applications available
    for students and parents
  • Providing tablet PCs, Portable laptops and more
    thin clients
  • Paying for broadband connection (under
    discussion)
  • Getting parents more involved in their childs
    education

17
Ofsted 2007
  • Through the Family Learning in information and
    communication technology (ICT) the school has
    been able to put into homes a Thin Client
    computer
  • Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the
    school
  • Students said what a special place this school
    is and inspectors agree. This is a good and
    improving school with some outstanding features.
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