Bolton School teacher rewarded for iPad rollout success

Nic Ford has been nominated for an i25 award, recognising the independent sector’s “leading influencers and innovators”

A teacher at Bolton School boys’ division has been recognised as one of the independent sector’s “leading influencers and innovators”.

Deputy head (academic), Nic Ford, has been nominated for an i25 award, organised by iExcellence and recognising the work of 25 people in independent schools.

Ford was responsible for rolling out a one-to-one iPad programme to more than 1,000 pupils, ensuring that the tablets were fully integrated into school life as a teaching and learning tool.

“The deployment of iPads to every boy has raised pupil achievement,” he said.

“There has been a rise in academic attainment and progress made by students. In the first few years of rollout, 10% more boys achieved A* and A grades. The school has nearly doubled its value-added at A level and improved behaviour for learning – pupils are increasingly engaged with learning resources and have become better at self-study.”

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The rollout included introducing AI and VR software, as well as making timetabling changes to allow time for coding.

Results also impressed the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

“All students, especially those with SEND, were unequivocal that these technologies help them in organising work, revision and supporting their progress,” said the ISI.

“Parents have also benefitted from the iPads rollout and now have a clearer idea of what their boy is doing and needs to do to improve. They have access to the same learning resources as their sons and can keep tabs on their work.”

The i25 Awards will take place in London in March.

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