Lazy Sundays thanks to technolgy

5th September 2003 at 01:00
For the first time in her seven-year career, Sharon Allcock can sleep in on Sundays.

Since Prince Albert school, in Birmingham, installed new time-saving computer technology, the information and communications technology co-ordinator is free to enjoy her weekends and devote more of her working time to planning creative lessons.

The inner-city primary received pound;135,000 towards a new intranet service, laptops for teachers, a media learning centre and eight interactive whiteboards.

It is one of 32 pathfinder schools which piloted ways to cut workload. The equipment saves time spent on about 30 laborious administrative tasks such as photocopying and documentation.

Miss Allcock said: "I have got my Sundays back. I probably work up to 55 hours a week but I save about five hours a week because I do not have to plan all my lessons from scratch each time."

The four newly-qualified teachers joining the school this term have access to lesson plans, presentations, information on school trips, work sheets and school policies via the intranet.

A recent visit to Aston Hall country house museum has been documented on the website. Digital pictures and interactive videos of the rooms enable children to revisit the house on-line.

David Brodie, headteacher, said the new technology surpassed his expectations, but he is not sure if it actually reduces workload.

He said. "Teachers tend to use saved time for something else. But they have a lot more freedom."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now