Ystrad Mynach school praised for innovative lessons

WORKING: Francesca Turner using Eye Gaze technology with teacher and ICT coordinator Anthony Rhys.

TECHNOLOGY: Joseph Smith using a tablet computer to make music.

SCHOOL FUN: Matthew Birnie has fun using an interactive floor mat and motion sensor with teacher and ICT coordinator Anthony Rhys.

First published in News

A SCHOOL in Ystrad Mynach has been recognised in a national report for its innovative use of computer technology.

Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre has been highlighted as an example of best practice in Estyn’s annual report of Her Majesty’s chief inspector of education and training in Wales, released last week.

The Estyn report found that Trinity Fields was an example of “sector-leading” practice for the school’s work with information and communications technology (ICT) to create “new learning experiences” for children with special educational needs.

It is another recognition of the school’s work after its headteacher, Ian Elliott, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Earlier this year, the school also received the NAACE 3rd Millennium award for its innovative use of technology.

Staff at Trinity Fields use a range of technology including iPads, touch screen computers, gesture-based technology, motion sensing equipment and eye movement devices to help pupils communicate and learn. The school is also home to a sensory room and hydrotherapy pool.

Mr Elliott said: “ICT has become an essential tool for some of our pupils right across the curriculum in the same way that pen and paper is essential for other students.

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