As part of my role as a lead trainer for Aspire2Be, I have been extremely lucky to train a superb group of primary school teachers from the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend as part of the Ospreys Community Schools’ pilot project, which started in January 2016. These teachers have been filled with enthusiasm and highly engaged, making my job as a trainer very easy and rewarding! I thoroughly enjoy passing on my love of using technology in education to other teachers and sharing my experience and enthusiasm!
The pilot project has comprised of 5 half day training sessions, where teachers have learned how to use a range of new apps, linked to key areas of the Ospreys Programme and the National Curriculum, with a massive focus on Literacy and Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing and Science and Technology. Which are soon to be fundamental parts of the new curriculum in Wales! The teachers have returned to school with a bank of new skills and ideas to pass onto the children, developing digital competence, curriculum skills and the love of the Ospreys. It has been fulfilling to see the teachers leaving the training, inspired and excited to get back to school and develop what they have learned with the children. One teacher has commented that ” I go back to school so inspired by the apps you are sharing with us, I just can’t wait to show the children.”
This project has strengthened the schools’ partnership with the Ospreys by making the experiences for the staff and children interactive, meaningful and worthwhile, embedding the skills and knowledge they have gained and feeling a greater part of the ‘Ospreylia’ community. With action packed visits from Ospreys players, trips to Liberty Stadium and Sony UK Technology Centre and the use of iBeacon technology and the Ospreys app, this project is going to have lasting impact on schools, teachers and most importantly the pupils.
The impact we have seen so far has been overwhelming! The pupils’ engagement has been sky high! Using the hook of sport and digital technology has been a powerful tool, even for the most disengaged children . The work schools have completed has been exceptional and it has been great to see this being shared via social media platforms. Even the Ospreys players have commented on the children’s engagement, they have been enthused by the quality of the interactions with the children when visiting the schools, making the experience worthwhile for all.
Thank you to all of the teachers and children for embracing this exciting pilot project, it is only going to get bigger and better! #watchthisspace