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. BYOD means that the focus is on task and output rather than the brand of device, and we are mindful that students may well already have devices which are suitable for accessing technology in school.
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.
Why a choice of device?
We are clear that for our pupils to become successful members of society we need to help them develop an understanding of how to effectively use technology in ways that support their individual needs and aspirations. Enabling pupils to choose and make use of their own, personal device for learning has a number of benefits. Some pupils may already be familiar with certain technologies that they may have used at home or in school. Other pupils may opt for a particular technology/device dependent on their subject choices in KS4 and KS5. Having the option to choose their device provides the opportunity for girls to go on to explore more creative and challenging uses of these technologies.
What is a suitable device?
The aim of the BYOD programme is to be as inclusive as possible and to support a wide range of 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").
Purchasing through our recommended supplier
We review our recommended devices for the BYOD programme on an annual basis so that we can be sure that we are offering our parents the best possible technology at an affordable price point. With the technology developing at a rapid rate and prices rising in the current global climate of Covid-19, we have therefore decided to change our supplier from System Active to L.E.A.D. so that we can continue to offer a competitively priced, robust device that allows pupils to work effectively using the key IT systems over the coming years.
Please view our dedicated Foundation BYOD Purchasing Portal: https://www.warwickschoolsbyod.co.uk/
System Active purchases
Those parents who have purchased a HP device through System Active will still continue to receive the same level of support that they would have done previously, including those who have purchased 3 year warranty care packages. If you have any queries regarding your purchase with System Active, please contact the relevant person below:
For order enquiries: Dave Rankin (System Active) on 0141 465 4588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For warranty enquiries: contact HP directly (System Active Portal Page)
Should you wish to purchase a replacement stylus for the device, the part number that you will need is 8JU62AA which will help you to purchase one on the Internet, for example.
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: email@example.com