In January, three of our Digital Leaders were invited to lead a panel discussion at BETT 2015. The organisers of BETT were so impressed by our Digital Leaders that they invited them to present at the School Leaders’ Summit at the NEC, Birmingham.
The School Leaders’ Summit, part of the Education Show, is a chance for School Leaders from schools across the country to learn, network and share educational best practice. A combination of case studies, panel debates and networking opportunities, the Summit covers a wide range of topics, which are obstacles facing school leaders today. Subjects include overcoming life with levels, using pupil premium effectively to raise student attainment, and using technology to enhance learning.
The students led a session, entitled ‘Creating a student digital leadership team and handing power to the students’, where they discussed how transferring authority to the students by creating Digital Leaders has transformed the way in which technology is used at Highfields. The presentation explored how to create a successful Digital Leader programme: Examining how to maintain momentum and effectively hand over ownership of the programme to the students.
Their presentation covered the following points:
- What are Digital Leaders?
- Tips for creating a digital leadership team
- The role of Digital Leaders
- How to maintain momentum
- How to reward / recognise achievements
As always, the students were a credit to the school and had a wonderful, albeit exhausting, day. The students were also invited to take part in a ‘Meet the presenters’ session at the end of the day in which they explained what it means to be a Digital Leader.