Malton Named as Apple Distinguished SchoolJanet
Nine years after launching our iPad scheme, and with five years of running the 1:1 scheme throughout all year groups, we’ve been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for the next 3 years, 2021-2024. The recognition comes for the way the School has used iPad devices to innovate teaching and learning practice across the curriculum. This has especially been the case during the last 18 months when we used our embedded 1:1 technology to ensure that students have not fallen behind with their studies or suffered the extent of “learning loss” that appears to have been the case nationally. The use of Apple Pencils is enabling our students to showcase innovation in their learning. The Lockdown Inspire Challenges encouraged use of the Everyone Can Create series to develop both creativity and collaboration amongst students. The almost seamless transition to remote learning from day one of lockdown in March 2020 also helped to support the students with their wellbeing by providing a clear structure and routine. The use of the technology to enable wellbeing outreach to continue during the lockdown was significant.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning personal.
After receiving this recognition, Mr Williams commented, “The selection of Malton School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success in creating an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement. In the 9 years since we introduced iPad devices performance has improved across the board – at GCSE and at A level, as well as when measured by our Progress 8 Score, and 97% of students believe that their individual progress has been enhanced by their use of the iPad devices. Our last Ofsted report, also highlighted that students on 16-19 study programmes demonstrated faster progress as a direct result of the iPad scheme”
Looking further ahead we aim to continue to expand our use of technology with the introduction of Apple TVs in every classroom, rather than whiteboards, broadening the use of the Everyone Can Create series throughout all school years as well as looking at ways in which our Primary outreach can be developed to include all the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) subjects.