Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust Workshop

Category: MATS

Published: February 23, 2024

Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust Workshop

On February 19th, 2024, the Blessed Christopher Wharton Trust Workshop brought together enthusiastic educators, administrators, and tech innovators to share and explore cutting-edge strategies aimed at enriching the educational landscape within BCWCAT. This gathering was not just a meeting of minds but a beacon of collective aspiration towards elevating the standards of education through technological advancement and community involvement. Here’s a deeper dive into the key highlights and the promising future that lies ahead as a result of this productive engagement.

The Dawn of a New Digital Era: Website Redesign with School Jotter 3

The workshop kicked off with an engaging presentation by Becky Cunliffe and Mathew Basierak, focusing on the transformative redesign of the Trust’s website utilizing School Jotter 3. This initiative marks a significant step forward in how the Trust communicates its vision, values, and educational initiatives. The upcoming website, set to be unveiled in late March 2024, is expected to be more than just a digital space. It aims to be a vibrant community hub that showcases the Trust’s commitment to innovation and excellence in education, enhancing interaction among students, educators, and the wider community.

Streamlining Operations with Totara Learn

The introduction of Totara Learn by Arthur Howie was a highlight of the workshop, presenting a strategic approach to simplifying compliance and administrative processes for site managers and non-teaching staff. This system promises to streamline operations within the Trust, making it easier for staff to focus on what truly matters—delivering quality education. The collaboration between Arthur and Nicola, the HR lead, is eagerly anticipated as they explore the full potential of Totara Learn to support the Trust’s mission.

Empowering Student Voices Through Sound Branch

Another innovative tool introduced at the workshop was Sound Branch, championed by Mathew Basierak. This platform stands out as a powerful medium for amplifying student voices, enabling them to share their insights, reflections, and learning experiences through podcasting. Sound Branch promises to revolutionize the way students engage with their learning material, offering a unique avenue for assessment and peer-to-peer learning that prioritizes student expression and active participation in their educational journey.

Overcoming Barriers with Event Anywhere

Sean Gilligan’s presentation on Event Anywhere addressed a common challenge in educational settings: the logistical difficulties of organizing face-to-face training and networking sessions. By leveraging this innovative platform, the Trust aims to foster stronger connections among teachers, facilitate seamless collaboration across schools, and actively involve families in the educational process. Event Anywhere stands as a testament to the Trust’s commitment to overcoming obstacles and ensuring that professional development and community engagement remain top priorities.

Looking Ahead: A Future Filled with Collaboration and Innovation

The workshop concluded on a note of optimism and excitement for the future. The announcement of the Sound Branch platform being provided at no cost, courtesy of the workshop organizers, and the enthusiastic response to proposals for continued collaboration using Event Anywhere, underscored the community’s shared dedication to enhancing educational quality and accessibility.

As we reflect on the insights and initiatives discussed at the Blessed Christopher Wharton Trust Workshop, it’s clear that the path ahead is paved with opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and growth. The Trust stands at the forefront of educational excellence, ready to embrace new technologies and strategies that promise to enrich the learning experiences of all students within its care.

In closing, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants for their invaluable contributions and look forward to witnessing the fruits of our collective efforts unfold in the months and years to come. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for education within the Blessed Christopher Wharton Trust, fueled by a shared passion for learning and a commitment to excellence.