• The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Lea Forest Primary Academy
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Birmingham, West Midlands

As Learning Technologies Leader, John ensures that technology is appropriately embedded and used effectively and delivers a curriculum that helps children use technology safely and feel comfortable using a wide range of devices and software.  Throughout lockdown, this was an EdTech Demo school, where John provided support across the country for many settings. 

All classes have access to laptops, tablets and wireless devices. Classes can use the Mac Suite, Podcasting Sound Shed and TV Studio (which make up the school’s Innovation Hub) to create digital media. Even 3-4 year-old Nursery children use the hub, recording and acting out their stories.  They all have online platforms, which parents can access.  

Recently, Year 1 pupils used this suite to act as weather reporters to conclude their geography unit, displaying all the knowledge and vocabulary they had gained.  

John also set up an immersive suite called ‘The Portal’, which has been used across the whole curriculum and provides a number of sensory needs for SEND pupils.