Abdul Chohan

Abdul Chohan

Abdul is Director at Essa Academy, Technology for Learning Advocate, Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Learning Technologies Consultant.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:11

[Case study] iPods and apps at Essa Academy

In December 2008, Hayward School - our school - was at the point of being closed down. Poor attendance and years of underachievement had cemented a culture of low expectations. Failure was often seen as inevitable. In each of the previous four years, the proportion of students getting five A*-C grades including maths and English at GCSE was below 30%.

Students lacked aspiration and staff lacked inspiration. Our use of technology was ineffective and expensive: there was no network connecting the school’s three main sites; printers and printing costs consumed a large portion of the budget; and students were equipped with pricey planners which they hardly used.

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