Digital & Innovation
Caterham School has been recognised as a leading school for its innovation with technology and curriculum design
Innovation at Caterham School goes well beyond the confines of technology, however, we recognise that the outstanding and sophisticated use of technology is a crucial skill that we aim to develop in our pupils.
For us however, innovation is about developing new ideas that are meaningful and have a positive impact. We aim to be innovative in the way we deliver our teaching and learning, but also to instil an ethos of innovation within our own pupils.
THE EDGE CURRICULUM
Ensuring that our pupils have the skills and knowledge to thrive in a fast-changing world, is one of our core priorities. The EDGE curriculum, which stands for Explore, Develop, Grow, Evolve, builds upon our longstanding ‘learning to learn’ program, building pupil awareness about their own learning, but then taking this further and giving them real-life opportunities to demonstrate their ability to solve problems, as well as grappling with some of the world’s ‘Big Ideas.’
The EDGE Curriculum begins in the First Year, with a focus on metacognition and developing the ability to conduct effective self-reflection and culminates in the Sixth Form with pupils completing sophisticated group projects, whilst also learning more about skills for the future such as Research Skills and Critical Thinking.
OCA INNOVATION & COLLABORATION AWARD
The OCA Innovation & Collaboration Award is a great example of the importance of innovation to the wider Caterham community. Each year the OCA award a prize to the team who come up with the most innovative idea for a solution to a problem they have identified.
In its first year, the prize was awarded to a group of First Year pupils who designed and trialled a completely plastic-free shampoo. They have gone on to work on developing this product further as well as exploring ways to raise awareness of the problems of microplastics in many everyday products.
There was little technology involved in their solution, but they researched their topic thoroughly and used a range of problem-solving skills to come up with what they believe is an entirely unique solution.
In 2019 Caterham was named as one of the UK’s EdTech 50 schools at a ceremony at The House of Lords. The award recognises the school’s broad embedding of technology, ranging from innovative courses which allow pupils to learn new digital skills, through to the way we monitor and evaluate our use of technology to remain agile and responsive to the latest developments in both technology and teaching ad learning. Read the full report HERE
This award was given in recognition of our work developing an Innovation Centre which allows pupils to code and build out ideas free from the constraints of the timetable. The building itself is less important than the ethos it represents, and in reality pupils work on projects all across the school, sometimes developing ideas alone, but often in groups, who have decided to attack a problem that matters to them, either at a local level, or more widely.