Since September 2019, King’s High has been implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for our pupils, successfully bringing the use of digital technologies into the classroom. The following information explains why we have introduced the BYOD programme, how we will be supporting you in the choice of a device, and the ways in which we will be investing in technology and support in order to ensure successful outcomes.
First and foremost the introduction of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Scheme is about our students' learning and achievement. It is not about the technology.
We believe strongly that devices will enhance the excellent teaching and learning that is already happening in our classrooms, rather than replace it. It is not our intention to move away from the more “traditional” methods of learning, but to provide access to the most appropriate method for each learning activity – using technology alongside class discussion, written and practical work.
We are living in a world where access to technology as an aid to learning is becoming more and more important, as is digital competency in the world beyond school, for which we want to prepare our students as fully as possible. Appropriate, and safe, use of technology will allow students to get the most from an already rich curriculum. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the quality and availability of electronic educational resources, and we use these extensively at King’s. From subject-specific packages like Linguascope (MFL), Digital Theatre (Drama) and ArcGIS (a Geography package) through to the increasing amount of material shared online by our teaching staff, these resources enhance every student's learning.
For many learning activities students relate to - and enjoy - using contemporary technology both at home and at school. However, they also need guidance and support to use this technology constructively and safely, and to make considered choices. We believe that the benefits of accessing enhanced technology for our students are powerful, but equally important is the time we invest to educate our students on becoming digitally literate and digitally safe throughout their time at King’s.
To read more about “Blended Learning” and what is being done across all departments, please see the attached document below entitled “BYOD and Blended Learning Brochure” or click on the link below.
What is a suitable device?
Whilst devices used on the BYOD programme must be a Windows device from September 2023, our approach continues to be one that is as inclusive as possible - it remains a scheme that supports a wide range of Windows devices so that individual preferences can be accommodated. The criteria we would expect a device to fulfil in order for it to be successful as a BYOD device within our school can be found enclosed in the attached documents below, which give an extended explanation of the individual criteria in the specification (“Bring Your Own Device Specification” and “Bring Your Own Device Specification – explained").
Please do note that we do review the device specification annually to ensure that the technology remains accessible for all our families whilst also meeting the needs of our pupils in the ever-changing digital world.
Option to purchase through our recommended supplier
With the technology developing at a rapid rate and prices rising in the current global climate, we want to be able to offer our families a competitively priced, robust device that allows pupils to work effectively using the key IT systems over the coming years. Our current partner supplier is L.E.A.D. IT Services, and there is the option to purchase a device through the portal linked below should you wish to.
Please do note that we review and update our offering on the purchasing portal to ensure that we are always offering the most competitively priced devices that we can to our families.
Please view our dedicated Foundation BYOD Purchasing Portal: https://www.warwickschoolsbyod.co.uk/
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see the attached document for more information.
Contacting the school for further information
If you do have any queries that have not been answered here, then please do get in touch using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org