Students from Year 5 upwards now have their own Chromebooks to enhance their learning. The Junior school also has a set of 24 which are shared amongst Years 3 & 4. Mrs Matthews (Head of ICT) has been supporting and teaching in the Junior’s to raise student skill levels. Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 still have 2 lessons of ICT per week on their timetable and these are also used to improve their skills and use of online resources. Most subjects in the Senior School now use the Google Classroom but training and support will continue.
Parents can be reassured that their children still do write and do not use their Chromebooks for every lesson through the school day. Currently, all external exams taken by Year 11, 12 & 13 are hand written and there are no plans to change that. Hand writing skills are still crucially important. Though in this modern era, I am not sure for how much longer? I can’t remember the last time I hand wrote a letter!
We will continue to take E-Safety very seriously and we constantly work with our students to remind them about acting responsibly when using the internet. We constantly review our safety protocols and equipment. Over the summer two new software programmes will be introduced to further improve the protection of our students and systems. Our E-Safety Policy can be viewed on the school website and has some advice for parents when their children are using their Chromebooks (and any internet device) at home.
I thank parents for their continued support.
Mr Colin Macrae
Head of Wingate School