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Just four years ago the New Wave Federation didn’t exist and teachers within the schools only had a handful of devices. They quickly saw that iPad was a flexible tool and able to improve outcomes, so they began to embrace the technology. Working together, the schools now extol best practise and attract visitors from across the globe to see how they do it.
A typical school day has changed significantly since iPad was introduced. With the latest technology at their fingertips, students now expect to shape how and when they learn. They are learning to code with Swift Playgrounds on iPad and are putting newly taught concepts to the test with drones. Rory McGrath, Deputy Headteacher, sums up how far they’ve come by saying that by: “Having the numbers of devices that we now have, we’re able to push the boundaries of what we can do and where they can learn.”
Over time as New Wave adopted iPad and embedded new ways of teaching and learning they were able to transform educational outcomes. Michelle explains why she is a firm believer that it was the technology that made the difference: “Four years ago only 51% of the children were leaving at the ‘Secondary Ready’ level, but now, 97% are at the Expected Standard, a figure that places the schools in the top 3% of the country”.
Every school within the New Wave Federation has been officially recognised, by Apple, as an Apple Distinguished School. This makes New Wave the first school federation to achieve this in the world – no small feat for a project that started with just a handful of devices. Apple defines Apple Distinguished Schools as “centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate our vision of exemplary learning environments”.