General Information

1-to-1 Apple iPad Scheme

In September 2015, we introduced our 1 to 1 Apple iPad scheme to Year 7 parents and carers for the first time. Teachers and students use iPads in and out of lessons as a valuable tool for learning.

The iPad can be used by students in a variety of ways for learning and leisure:  researching by using the Internet, e-mailing, videoing, filming and photography, using a variety of apps to develop and extend learning in many subject areas, producing a variety of written and verbal assignments, developing presentations, reading books and news items, receiving push notifications and iBooks from staff and  a host of other uses. Some aspects of the technology will benefit young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Overwhelmingly the students have found the iPads great to use – developing their curiosity and motivating them as learners.

The Scheme and its affordability

Governors have been keen to ensure our proposal is affordable to all parents/carers whatever their personal circumstances. We have engaged a leasing partner to manage the scheme on our behalf.

To help keep the cost as low as possible the Governing Body has decided to subsidise the scheme. The governors also wish to stress the scheme is not compulsory, although we hope that most families will see the scheme offers fantastic value for money and will provide the students with a real opportunity to develop their learning.

Use of iPads in School

In lessons, iPads must be used under the direction of the teacher. Personal iPads need to be authorised for use and labelled with name and tutor group. The teacher will tell the students when to get iPads out ready for use.

All computers in school and mobile devices used between school and home must be used appropriately. The school reserves the right to confiscate devices and restrict access to the internet and Apps if rules are broken. School systems and storage will be treated like school lockers. Staff may review files and communications to ensure that users are using acting responsibly.

Users should not expect that stored files will always be private. Photo libraries may be viewed, for example.

The school reserves the right to confiscate or search any device if part of an investigation or safeguarding matter.

During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear responsibility for such guidance, just as they do over other information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media.

IPads should not be used in the following areas:

  • PE changing rooms
  • The diner
  • The Hall when food and drink is being consumed
  • The toilets
  • In corridors
  • When they are moving from place to place

Students should treat the iPad with care. Devises should be kept in their bag when not in use. The school will confiscate iOS devices which are not being looked after properly.

Inappropriate use:

The following are not permitted:

  1. Sending, ‘air dropping’ or displaying offensive messages or pictures.
  2. Using obscene language.
  3. Harassing, insulting or attacking others.
  4. Damaging computers, devices, systems or the computer network.
  5. Violating copyright laws.
  6. Using others’ passwords.
  7. Trespassing in others’ folders, work or files.
  8. Intentionally wasting time and limited resources.
  9. Inappropriate use of camera to take pictures or video, for example taking photos    without permission.
  10. Photos taken in school should not be posted on social media without permission from the school.
  11. Devices should not be removed from the protective case

What to do if you have a problem?

If you have a problem with the iPad, if it has been lost or damaged you must let the Technicians know. If the iPad has been damaged you must fill in this form and let the Technicians know.

If you suspect the iPad has been stolen you must contact your local police to get a crime reference number. DO NOT CALL 999

Staying Safe Online

We will be running a session about staying safe online, but for more tips please see our staying safe online section of the website.

Queries

If you need help or further information please contact: iPads@newbridgesch.uk