Technology support available for schools
Schools are being offered the chance to secure some cutting-edge technology for the classroom.
Education charity SHINE is investing more than £150,000 into the schools to boost pupil attainment.
The charity has teamed up with classroom technology innovator Learning by Questions (LbQ) to deliver the project. LbQ, which has committed £100,000 to the initiative.
Schools will receive tablet computers for every child in the class, plus the LbQ app, which comes loaded with 66,0000 questions.
The SHINE project is open to primaries and secondaries with above-average intake of free school meals.
One of the first schools to take advantage is Balliol Primary in Longbenton.
Ryan Longstaff, Year 6 teacher and maths coordinator, said: “The fact that we not only get access to a major bank of quality questioning and assessment but also the tablets is a major boost to teaching and learning in school.
“The children are engaged in a low-level competitive activity without the threat of being identified as struggling in front of the rest of the class.
“The children look forward to new question sets and even practising the same Question Sets several times.”
Fiona Spellman, CEO of SHINE, said: “As a former teacher myself, I can personally attest to the huge number of hours that teachers must spend on setting questions and marking books.
“Learning by Questions uses technology to reduce workload while improving outcomes in the classroom.”
Schools interested in taking part should visit www.lbq.org/shine