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Bring Your Own Device

It is a fallacy promoted by IT vendors that one device can satisfy every possible educational use. You wouldn’t use a laptop to record a competitor on the sports field, likewise you probably wouldn’t type an A-level essay on an iPad!

We propose a model showing that for longer duration or higher complexity tasks, you need more powerful and probably less portable equipment.

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  • Low duration/complexity : web research, photo or video capture, blogging/tweeting, scanning QR codes, reading ebooks, quizzes, surveys etc.
  • Longer duration/complexity : word processing, programming, movie editing etc.

For Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) and Key Stage 4 (years 10 & 11) and tablet is a compulsory equipment for all students, as per school policy.

For Sixth Form, we are recommending a laptop or Chromebook device.

For sixth form, a laptop/Chromebook is required for certain subjects. See the list of subjects below for which a device that is brought to school for lessons will be required.

A ‘smartphone’ is not a suitable learning device for this programme. Screen sizes are simply too small to be able to use eBooks, conduct research, write presentations or essays, etc.

Furthermore, we require access to the Internet to be via our filtered WiFi and require devices with 3G/4G connections to have them switched off for the safety of our students and staff. The ‘no phones in lessons’ rule makes this much easier to monitor.

Sixth form subjects – laptop/Chromebook required

Laptop/Chromebook compulsory Laptop not required
Art – Fine
Art – Photography
Art – Textiles
Biology
Business
BTEC Business Level 3
Chemistry
Computer Science
Dance
Drama and Theatre Studies
Economics
English Literature
English Language
Extended Project Qualification
Geography
Media Studies
Philosophy and Ethics
Physical Education
Physics
Product Design
Psychology
Certificate in Financial Studies
French
Further Maths
Government and Politics
History
Mathematics
Mathematical Studies
Music
Sociology
Spanish