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Ferry Lane blogs in the media

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Having won third place in the Educational Blog Awards for our whole-school approach to blogging, an article has today been published in the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal as well as on haringey.gov.uk. Here is the article:

Ferry Lane Primary gets top marks for school blogsite

Tuesday 21 June 2011
Ferry Lane Primary school in Tottenham is celebrating being awarded third place in the national Educational Blog Awards.

Ferry Lane’s blogsite was entered in the “Whole School Blogsite of the Year” category and was one of more than 300 blogs and blogsites nominated across four awards categories.

Judging criteria in the “Whole School Blogsite of the Year” category was the demonstration of:

“a community commitment to blogging”,
“blogging beyond the classroom” and
“clear and consistent messages about e-safety, comment policy and content”.
After a public vote whittled the blogs and blogsites down to a shortlist of ten; judges awarded third place to Ferry Lane Primary. They said:

“The work of Ferry Lane Primary School deserves a special mention – their class blogs are wonderful and demonstrate what can be done with a bit of creative thought and professionalism from educators. Any school wishing to improve their partnership with parents should visit this website as a model of good practice.”

All classes from Year 3 upwards at the school have their own blogs, with the senior leadership team also taking part and regularly blogging.

Headteacher Maxine Pattison is thrilled with the national recognition and whilst she says that the award celebrates the school’s approach to learning and teaching through the creative use of new technologies, she wasn’t sure what they were doing and why at first. She said:

“I wasn’t very confident myself when we started this project but I can now see the sheer enjoyment and engagement with learning that the children and their families are experiencing.

“It’s had a huge impact on the development of children’s writing skills and the ability to improve their own and other children’s writing in a constructive way.

“I’m a true fan of blogging now and proud of the way the children and families have responded to the opportunities available through the use of new technology.”

“As a school leader blogging is an opportunity for me to get in contact with families, reinforce the learning we do at school and celebrate the school’s successes with a wide audience. I can also interact online with other school leaders to share ideas.”

Jack Sloan, the teacher who introduced blogging to the school last year, continues:

“Through the blogs, many opportunities have arisen for children at the school, including helping to make a BBC documentary and an invitation to the children to sing at a national conference.”

“Children have also been asked to write for award winning websites such as brainpop.co.uk and Teach Primary magazine. The quality of writing is improving all the time at Ferry Lane, and the engagement developed through blogging has been a driving force in this increase in attainment. I’m amazed at the commitment of all staff at the school to this venture – it shows what can be achieved when a school works together effectively.”

Cllr Lorna Reith, Cabinet Member for Children congratulated pupils and staff at Ferry Lane, citing the blogsite as one of her favourites. She said:

“This recognition is thoroughly deserved. I enjoy the blogsite and often log on to read the latest creative writing and updates from the pupils and staff. The blogs are engaging and entertaining and the quality of writing has sky-rocketed. Well done to everyone at the school.”

Jack Sloan from Ferry Lane will be delivering training to other schools in the area on how to get children blogging from September 2011.

under: Blog development, Ferry Lane

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