We increased our support over the lock-down period
Adapting to the challenges
It is great that the majority of students are now back in the classroom for the Autumn term. Working across 40 schools, we have seen first-hand, how hard head teachers and staff have pulled together to make their schools welcoming as well as Covid Secure for returning pupils.
During the pandemic, the Techs4Education team provided more support than ever to schools. We are proud to say that we managed to adapt quickly and keep all our schools operational and prepared during this unprecedented period.
Enabling the teachers
We helped teachers use technology to reach out to pupils and continue their education. This included new hardware installations and facilitating school network access to multiple members of staff working remotely – in particular Google classroom and Microsoft Teams. We not only deployed the solutions but worked directly with teachers to ensure they were confident using the solutions. This ensured the students continued to receive the highest level of teaching possible.
Engaging the students
Now term has started, we continue to receive requests to help schools settle back into normal routines whilst supporting students who can’t attend the classroom. In addition we launched our first ever 1:1 laptop scheme for over 200 year 7 students, providing each of them with a dedicated device all day every day, giving them the ability to study from home freely.
Preparing for the future
Coronavirus impacted education disproportionately and made clear how important it is for all schools to have IT systems and infrastructure that prepared and secure for unexpected disruptions. It also highlighted the need for schools to have an IT solution in the place that allows for remote learning and off-site network access for teachers, students and admin staff where possible. Going forward we want to make sure schools and colleges are prepared for possible local lock-downs and effective remote learning for pupils who are unable to attend class.
Graham Ford, Techs4Education Operations Director