First UK School Success – Coates Lane Primary
Watch this video submitted by the Headteacher, Deputy, Key Stage Leader, Parent & School Governor from Coates Lane Primary who this month were the first in the UK to be given the Social School Award.
This was the school’s video submission as part of their evidence gathering, reflections and analysis of impact on parental and community engagement.
We have added graphics and titles to the video to make it more useful within the blog post. The original video was simply ‘talking heads’ recorded on an iPad using a free app called Clips
“Before the summer holiday, we applied for an award called the Social School Award. After submitting a variety of evidence, we have been successful in being awarded the quality mark for the way we courageously & beneficially uses social media to connect, promote & engage with parents & other organisations. Not only this, but we are the first school in the country to receive the full award!
As a school, community is at the heart of what we do. We strive to ensure open communication; sharing our pupil’s learning experiences and encouraging collaboration with all stakeholders. The use of social media was a natural progression for us; in a forward thinking, technological world, sites such as Facebook and Twitter enable us to connect with an increased number of parents. The application process was straight-forward and clear and we were thrilled to have been awarded this.
It was a pleasure to meet John and David when they came to present the award; they were equally as thrilled as they are born and bred in Lancashire themselves. A very proud moment for our school!”
Sarah White, Headteacher, Coates Lane Primary School. September 2017.
The Social School Award™
Register Your School
Video Upload (max 2 mins)Talk about & show how social media has been a vehicle for positive change in your community reflecting what you have learned with experience.
Share some highlights of where connection, promotion & engagement via social media have happened.
Include soundbites from people involved in your Social Team that support your goals.
Share soundbites from parents, teachers, SLT & others if possible talking about examples e.g. impact upon community cohesion, savings, process improvement, take-up of opportunities to support your school
Include screenshots of any memorable social media interactions your school has had with annotations to explain the context and value to your school.
Document UploadInclude extracts of documents relating to how the school uses social media e.g extracts from your policy and appendices.
Include guidance of how school deals with more challenging social interactions e.g. show that school has a willingness to engage with negative as well as positive interactions as appropriate to the context.