February 2014 – event for Secondary Schools – by invitation.

An invitation to a special event

Inclusive, donation-funded, 1-1 projects for September.

AUEA (Aston University Engineering Academy).  February 26th.  

Two sessions 9:00-10:30 and repeated 11:00-12:30
 We are aiming to start/continue the dialogue with larger schools/academies considering inclusive, donation-funded, 1-1, projects for September.  This is a chance for everyone to better understand our process/routemap and we are keeping the gathering to a limited size (10 per session), so that we can discuss issues like the BeLF approach and particularly the financial model in some detail.  We now have the detail and the realities to answer the question, ‘How much will I get back from parents and when?’  After a number of projects we can also now discuss the benefits and the realities of our projects.

AUEA is an ideal venue because it is a great example of a long-term, expanding, BeLF success, where both the IT and the Financial approach have come together well. (ie They have hundreds of iPads assisting Teaching & Learning, and they’ve been financed almost completely by Parent donations that service the Lease).

DanLocke-Wheaton’s video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLuPkFlZNE

We will finalise the agenda closer to the date.  Our current taglines are;

  • Routemap to Educational Gain.
  • 1:1 iPads in your school by September.
  • BeLF’s current experience in equitable, affordable, successful, 1:1 projects.

If you are considering a donation-funded 1:1 scheme for next school year (or sooner), this event should give you the information you need on funding, costs, risks, and benefits.

We have learned a lot, and we have much to share.

  • Ultimately the project has to fit with the ethos and aims of the school (or donations tail off).  So we suggest that schools share the intent of the project with the community/parents.
  • The focus of the schemes often comes from; SIPs, Ofsted Feedback, or the school’s stated aims and objectives.
  • Pupil Premium can be divisive.  The have-nots are the ‘working poor’.  An inclusive scheme raises the achievement level for everyone.
  • The projects are about achievement, aspiration, academic gain, …. Parents though often participate and buy-in because of a desire for their children to become economically successful, and get jobs.
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is already impacting schools.  It can also be divisive, but it can be incorporated into an inclusive programme.
  • We’ve used different devices, but we may be seeing that the iPad projects are more successful; probably because of the aspirational element of Apple.  We’re waiting to see if the Windows 8 devices – like the £250 Toshiba – deliver on their promises and prove as attractive.

Rather than presenting too much, we’re restricting each session to about 10 attendees/schools/academies so that we can focus on any of the sticky realities of our model.

Please let us know if you would like to attend;

AUEA  February 26th 9:00 – 10:30, or 11:00 – 12:30

This e-mail has gone out to the schools that have seen and used the BeLF donation and grantback system in the past.  You’ve had success with the parent donation model, but not with the scale and precision of our recent projects.  We think you’ll find the event interesting and if you would like to attend please contact Ian McCall on ian@belf.org.uk

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