Edtech 50 Schools comes to Wales

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern in Cardiff and Holy Name Primary School in Fishguard have been recognised among the UK’s most technologically advanced schools. 

They’ve been selected as launch organisations for Edtech50 Schools, an initiative that’s on a mission to highlight schools using educational technology to empower pupils, staff and partners. 

Speaking about the launch of the programme, Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams commented:  “Emerging technologies have completely revolutionised education and our schools in Wales are certainly plugged into this.

“Just a few weeks ago I went to Ysgol Bro Pedr to launch Wales’s first ever innovative E-sgol lesson which connects different classrooms through video technology.

“This is testament to our commitment to ensure our young people receive the best education, wherever they live.  Digital competence has become a crucial skill to an individual’s success and that’s why I’ve made it part of our National Mission to provide all learners with high-level digital skills.”

With a nationwide tour kicking off, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern will showcase its Welsh language applications. And Holy Name Primary will speak about how it’s used edtech to boost collaboration in lessons. 

Abbie Davis, headteacher at Holy Name Primary School, said: “We have used edtech to develop staff skills and systems ensuring maximum efficiency and high quality collaborative working.

“Use of effective edtech systems allows staff to plan and work together achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.

“Our aim is to enable the highest standards to be achieved in our school by all the pupils ensuring they are ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives – confident to use technology effectively and creatively.”

Ceri James, headteacher, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern, said: “We have embedded education technology across the curriculum, as the only Welsh-medium 1:1 iPad school, we are happy to be leading the way in using the latest technology to effective use in the classroom.  

“There is a limited range of Welsh-medium resources, so we have created countless innovative resources in Welsh for use in our classrooms, ensuring that our pupils get to benefit fully from using the latest technology through the medium of Welsh.”

The scheme is being run by the Education Foundation. Its founder and CEO, Ty Goddard, commended the schools: “Holy Name Primary School and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern are brilliant examples of good edtech use.

“We want to find other pioneering schools that are showing outstanding digital leadership. There is great potential for edtech to help make a difference but it needs to be the right technology, implemented effectively, and with the right support for staff.”