We are delighted that Gaia Technologies continues to support Challenge Partners schools. Following our national conference, Gaia ran a Primary Computing Framework competition. Schools were asked to explain how the Framework would impact on their school, and after much deliberation we have selected the five winners as follows:
1. Oakley School, London Special and AP Hub
2. Keyham Lodge School, Ash Field Hub
3. West Monkton Primary School, Somerset Hub
4. Ellacombe Academy, Torbay Hub
5. St Swithuns Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth Hub
A representative from Gaia will be in touch with each school shortly to make arrangements for the initial planning visit and Gaia will supply a copy of the Framework and access to the associated website before term start in September. The package includes on-site training and remote consultancy spread over a two year period from September 2018 to August 2020. This support is designed to help schools implement the Framework and drive development of their computing curriculum. We very much hope that in the spirit of Challenge Partners that the winning schools will work with Gaia to share learning from these projects with other schools.
For those schools that entered but did not win, Gaia has kindly offered to provide a free half-day consultancy session with one of its Primary Computing Framework specialists. The purpose of this session will be to work with the schools' IT lead and a senior leader to review the current position and consider how the Gaia Framework might improve outcomes in this key area of learning. There is no obligation to purchase but Gaia will provide details of the Framework and its support package, so that you can make an informed choice about future direction. A Gaia representative will be in touch before the term end in order to set up the visit in the early Autumn.