NoTosh were appointed to help and we began by working closely with the leadership team to build a strong and trusting relationship. Implementing substantive change across a whole school is a long and challenging process so engaging the leadership team, staff and students from the outset was critical. As we introduced and embedded the NoTosh Design Thinking process, it not only had everyone adopting a common language but also engendered a recognition that every single member of the school community had an equal role to play.
As the process unfolded, teachers began to find room to manoeuvre within the curriculum and soon began to see a shift in atmosphere within the classroom as pupils became more engaged with their learning. Each class started a blog to showcase their learning and achievements and shared this online with the wider community. In addition, every pupil adopted Evernote technology on their smartphones and tablets to capture photos, video, audio and text about their learning, helping them to track and reflect upon their progress more rigorously.
Rosendale has not only seen a rise in student engagement, but better test scores and, ultimately, a raising of the bar in terms of teaching and learning practices.
‘We wanted to find a way to record class work and ensure that each child received the attention and support they required. Working with NoTosh allowed us to do that. The children are more engaged and so they bring in stuff that they want to talk about which I think is great!”