iPad Scheme

At Clayton Hall Academy we are passionate about preparing our students for the future and giving them the best possible chances in life. It is clear to us that technology is becoming ever prominent in the world of work, with 90% of jobs now requiring ICT skills. 

With this in mind, we wish to fully embed technology into teaching and learning across the Academy. 

Our 1:1 Adoption Scheme is and will continue be the catalyst for this for years to come.  In Partnership with BeLF and GBM our shared vision is one iPad for every student across the Academy by 2023. 

We began this scheme with great success in 2019 with the first iPads being used from January 2020.  They were an immediate hit in the classroom and increased engagement for all learners.  Our 2020 – 2021 scheme is also up and running with iPads delivered in early January 2021.

We will continue to roll this programme out year on year. 

Please note it is not possible to join the scheme at this stage.  BYOD (see below) is still an option, as it is to borrow one of our stock of school iPads for in school use only.

Frequently Asked Questions

What and When is Launch Night?

This year we have a ‘Virtual Launch’ all the presentations and information have been made into easily available documents, videos and links on our Website. The information covers all aspects of the programme.

Following Launch Night there will be a two-week window to ‘sign up’ and following this a lag of about 5 or 6 weeks before the iPads are in our hands.

Virtual Launch: Early September 2021, followed by a Parent Drop in, for those with extra questions or would like help to ‘sign-up’

Can we access the Launch Materials now?

In a word – Yes. We have a dedicated webpage scroll down for the launch videos.

Cost and Specification

We have agreed with the charity that underpins the project that they would like a charitable donation of approximately £14.50 (to be confirmed at launch) per month for 36 months. This will be part of the contract you sign with the charity. No monies are taken until the iPads are delivered. After this time, the iPad will be ‘donated’ back to the student and become your family property. Although it will still be ‘locked down’ at school until the end of Year 11. This is a really cost-effective way of getting a brand new 10.2 Inch iPad, with a case, home management software and comprehensive insurance!

We don’t think we can afford it – We have this covered!

The whole scheme is underpinned by a charity. Prior to signing up please email EduTech (one of our partners) on support@edutech.zone. They will then liaise with the Charity and the Charity do the rest – we don’t even know who is and isn’t getting assistance.

It is important to note that we do not intend to disadvantage any student. The intention is that all pupils have access to an iPad every day. For the project to be viable we need the vast majority of parents on board.

We also appreciate the variety of incomes and expenditures that families experience. If you feel you fall into the category of “we can’t afford this” (or do so in the future) do not worry – just email and request support. Lots of our parents have already done this. We also have a testimonial on our website video.

Can We Use An Existing Device

If it meets the minimum requirements specification, yes. Please see here for more information.

Comprehensive Insurance

This covers accidental damage and theft/loss.  Essentially everything you would want for an item of this value.  This is included in the price.

This is for the adoption programme only not BYOD

Launch Videos

Welcome and Introduction

What’s Included and How To Sign Up

iPads In The Classroom

How Are They Managed At Home?

I Already Have An iPad

What Our Parents Say

Will all students need one?

Yes.  For the project to work we will have to ensure that there is 100% coverage for students. We have operated a system with previous year groups where not all students had access.  Whilst we can still teach classes without full coverage it is our intention that all students have one every day. If you are against the scheme and are not joining it, we will endeavour to make an iPad available for you to use on a day to day basis.  This iPad remains in school.

Can students just access anything they like?

In a word – No!

It comes with some great software to help school and you control their use.  One click – no internet.  One click – no Social Media.  One click – off.  Simple timer settings too.

In School we have even greater control.  When a class teacher wants attention, they can lock the iPads with one click.

At home – parents and guardians are in charge.  You will be free to download apps and use the iPad as you see fit at home.  These additional downloads would not be available in school though.  If you wished to use it as a ‘Family’ iPad that is fine – as long as the child has absolute priority when it comes to doing work that is set using the iPad.

What about Social Media?

Completely blocked in school.

Students are not allowed to use any mobile device at break and lunch time so that rule also applies to the iPads.

At home – you have complete control using the management software that we install.

Will it be just iPad Learning?

The iPad will just be one tool that our teachers will use.  Whilst there may be online resources the iPad will not replace the need for textbooks or other styles of learning.  The iPads will provide an additional type of learning to engage the students further.  It will also be a source of support for those students who could benefit from it.

This is the same for Homework.  Whilst some homework will be iPad based it will not be all homework.

This is also year 3 of a 5-year rolling project.  For it to be successful we must be using them regularly to enhance learning throughout your child’s time at school.  Part of our role is to ensure these are not ‘a novelty item’ and have real impact.

What if they forget their iPad?

We plan to have a bank of emergency iPads for the odd occasion when a student hasn’t brought theirs to school or failed to charge it properly.

But we already have a laptop at home

Whilst some work may be set using the iPad at home, the intention is that they are getting regular use in classes across the curriculum in school.  It is the enhancement of that learning experience that we believe will accelerate interest and learning.  Whilst a family laptop or device is great, an individual device resolves the issues that can arise with sharing devices.

What if I need training?

If there is a need for parental training, this will be provided.

Our guides on using Microsoft Teams and The Marking Feedback Loop are key documents that have already been shared.

What’s the proof of educational impact?

The clearest impact that was seen from our launch in January 2020 was the additional engagement in learning and home learning.  Staff being able to use different tools to set and share work and students using a range of apps to complete their work.  Not as a gimmick but a way of enhancing their learning. 

This continued as we finally secured delivery during Lockdown for our current Year 7 who received their iPads through a ‘Drive-In’ event in January 2021.  As you can imagine the devices have been invaluable during remote learning.

Mr Lewis, a really experienced Geography teacher, has also run an ‘action-research’ project teaching two groups simultaneously.  One group solely with iPads, the other without iPads at all.  The results have been very positive and showed an acceleration is students’ progress in the ‘iPad class’

Our launch materials also outline how we are using the iPads in a range of subjects.

Parental Quotes from our Recent Survey

“The iPad scheme has been great. My Child tells me that the lessons are much more enjoyable when she can use it. Since we find ourselves in very strange times the iPad has made working from home much easier, I would highly recommend any parent joining this scheme.”

“The iPads are an excellent addition to learning for my child, the roll out and support has been good – we are keen to see greater use in lessons and for homework. They have been especially useful during the Covid 19 pandemic and for remote learning and communications.”

“I feel as parents the scheme has been a great success and would recommend this as a great learning tool, this has been echoed by My Child a student using the iPad scheme regularly in and outside school”

But I still have questions…