Holland Park Primary School, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex
Holland Park Primary School is a mixed school catering for
learners aged 5 – 11. The school aims to support all staff and
children in using new technologies to enhance everyday teaching
The school’s ICT Manager, Tracey Campbell, organised a couple
of meetings with teachers from different schools to discuss their
experiences using different technologies and "…someone put forward
the LearnPad, a tablet designed specifically for education."
Tracey visited LearnPad at Bett 2014 to find out more. "The LearnPad
offered a number of benefits over other tablet devices, but the main
one was its manageability. With the LearnPad you’re able to interact
with students, supervise and monitor their device and progress, while
letting them explore different resources on their own and in groups.
What’s more, with the control features in place, we can make sure
students aren’t looking at anything they shouldn’t be".
The school invested in 32 LearnPads for Key Stage 2, in Spring 2014.
These proved so successful that the school has subsequently invested
in 15 more LearnPads for Key Stage 1, 12 for Reception and 15 for
Pupil Premium students.
"I think the fact that more and more teachers want to use LearnPads is
testament to the positive effect the devices are having on pupils. We’ve
allocated more funding because of this so that we can use them in new
and exciting ways on a daily basis. It is paramount that teachers use
up-to-date, relevant resources in the classroom so that students cover
all the necessary material on the new curriculum. Our staff are all very
excited to make use of the new LearnPad Lesson Profiles created for
the new 2014 Curriculum."
Another big selling point of the LearnPad over other tablet is that the
students see them as learning tools. "They don’t look at them in the
same way as they would an iPad; they turn the devices on, load the
resources they need for that lesson and start working".
Most teachers agree that differentiated learning is one of the most
important practices in the classroom. With 25-30 students in a class,
most teachers simply don’t have the time to differentiate as much as
they would like. Tracey explains how differentiated learning is made
possible with LearnPad; "The LearnPad makes it easy for teachers to
gather a variety of digital learning objects and neatly organise them
into digital lessons.
Students are able to instantly access these lessons with a simple scan
of a QR Code using the camera on the LearnPad. In seconds, teachers
can have different group of students working through different content
to suit their needs and learning objectives. It’s so straightforward and
"LearnPad’s ClassConnect web-based interface allows us to quickly
and easily create lessons and interact with our pupils. It enables us
to live stream activities on each LearnPad keeping us in control of the
lesson. We can freeze the LearnPads, send messages to pupils and
view LearnPad resources or work to show the class, and to promote
individual learning, LearnPads can be grouped and a variety of
activities can be sent for each group. We like the simple way we can
print work direct from the device."
Reaping the Rewards
Since implementing the LearnPads, lessons have become far more
dynamic for students Tracey reports, "In Year 4, one of the teachers
led a lesson on numeracy, teaching students money-handling skills. In
addition to textbook activities, she created a LearnPad Lesson Profile
and got students to demonstrate how they can add and subtract with
money using a variety of apps and resources on the LearnPad. It was
far more interesting for the students, rather than just using coins to
demonstrate this skill".
The Reception teachers at Holland Primary Park have been amazed by
the effect the LearnPad has had on their youngest pupils. Tracey says,
"Teachers can’t believe how engaged and how confident the children
are using LearnPads. In Reception, most work is pupil led so they are
given the devices and are able to choose from a variety of exercises.
They particularly love the phonetics and letter-forming-based games
and are able to stay totally focussed on the task in hand. They’re also
great for peer-to-peer learning, with the children helping one another
work through exercises".
Raising Attainment with LearnPad
Tracey is certain that student attainment will increase over time given
the increase in pupil enthusiasm and engagement when using the
devices. "Teachers have said on countless occasions that students
are immediately more engaged and they support the development
of a number of essential academic skills including research, problemsolving,
creative thinking, team working and so on. We’re also able to
make our subscription-based websites readily available to use which
they weren’t in the past, and that’s extended learning and will no doubt
Headteacher Anthony Welch, states; "In my opinion, the impact
of LearnPads on raising attainment has been significant and
measureable. Data collection shows that where pupils have received
targeted intervention using LearnPads and related software, progress