We have formed collaborations with both individual expert practitioners as well as schools, to provide opportunities for both teachers and pupils to inform, shape and improve the design of the iRead technologies. This is really important to ensure the resulting technologies will be appropriate and of value within current education contexts. These collaborations will continue throughout the design phase of the project.
Within the UK context we are working closely with Learnus, who are supporting us in connecting with schools who want to engage with and participate in new research. Learnus have built a community of neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, educationalists, psychologists, teachers, policy makers and commentators through which they share knowledge, research and experience to improve and enrich learning for all.
Similarly within the German context we are working closely Karlsruhe University of Education who are sharing valuable expertise as well as helping us to connect with primary schools in Germany. The University provides a high standard in research and teaching in the field of education, with a focus on subject and age-group specific teaching and learning methodology as well as on educational processes in social, cultural and institutional contexts. It offers a teacher training programme for primary and lower-secondary school, including the “Europalehramt” (bilingual teaching) programme, which qualifies teachers to teach other specialist subjects in either French or English.
iRead Design Schools
Kings Cross Academy, London, UK
An extraordinary part of London is taking shape at King’s Cross. The area, with all its heritage and history, is being transformed into a thriving new place with a growing and diverse community. At the heart of this exciting change is the new King’s Cross Academy – a new, purpose-built primary school that offers a unique opportunity for your child to make the most of his or her potential. Located in the Plimsoll Building, the Academy opened in September 2015. As the King’s Cross community grows, the Academy will expand to serve 420 primary school pupils aged 4 to 11, plus a 26 place nursery.
Limespring School, London, UK
Limespring School is a small, independent junior school that opened in January 2012 in East Finchley, North London for children with specific learning differences such as Dyslexia & Dyspraxia. We offer an exciting new approach to learning tailored to the needs of your child. Each class has no more than eight children. The teaching is inspiring, supported by specialist teaching, social and therapeutic input. The school team meets with parents and carers regularly to review progress. Children leaving Limespring School will be able to access a suitable school of their choice.
Netley Primary School, London, UK
Netley Street School opened its doors to children in 1883 and all through its history the school has worked hard to improve the achievements of its pupils. In 1971 a brand new building was opened to provide early years provision. In early 2000, Camden identified a growing need to offer specialist support for children with Autism. The first purpose built resource base for children was opened four years later.
Waterside School, London, UK
Here at Waterside, we are constantly striving to help the children be the best they can be in all areas of the curriculum… and beyond. By fostering a positive attitude to work and encouraging the pupils to have high expectations of themselves, we aim to create an environment in school which produces successful learners, responsible citizens, effective contributors and confident individuals of the highest standard. We aim to help our super heroes have a clear understanding of good conduct, co-operation and British Values, empowering them to have successful futures.
Stormont School, Hertfordshire, UK
Stormont School has a happy, friendly, purposeful atmosphere – it is like a family. As a non-selective day preparatory school for girls aged between 4 and 11 years, we aim to recognize and reward every girl for her efforts as well as her achievements, and to develop happy and confident girls who are effective communicators. Stormont girls respect and value each other, as well as all the other members of the Stormont community.
Whitchurch Primary School, South Oxfordshire, UK
Whitchurch Primary School is a small school built in 1965, in a quiet, safe location designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Two of the classrooms face the wooded slopes of Whitchurch Hill and are separated from the other three classrooms by the school hall. The hall serves as a gymnasium, television room and dining hall. In the school grounds there is a hard-surface netball court, an all weather play surface, adventure and woodland areas, a pond and meadow, and ample open play areas.
Samuel von Brukenthal National College, Sibiu, Romania
Samuel von Brukenthal National College is a state German school in Romania, which was first officially attested in 1380. It is one of the best high schools in Romania, which carries on the German tradition in Transylvanian schools. It offers high quality education to all the secondary and high school pupils and its aim is to promote the cultural values and the necessary knowledge according to the syllabus, thus contributing to the development of the pupils’ personality. The educational offer contains not only the regular courses, but also a wide variety of complementary educational projects, which involve the extra efforts of the teachers who encourage the pupils’ team spirit and assuming responsibilities.
No. 13 Secondary School, Sibiu, Romania
No. 13 Secondary School is situated in Sibiu, a city in Transylvania, central Romania. It opened its doors to children in 1937 and after 79 years, a new building was built next to the old one so that all the students can start classes in the morning. The school works with a number of 635 students, aged between 6 and 14 years old, divided in two cycles, primary and secondary. No. 13 Secondary School is trying to support its students, helping them to develop their skills and reach their goals. The instructive-educational process offered by our school is of high quality, being mirrored in the results achieved by students in competitions and exams.
IOAN SLAVICI School, Sibiu, Romania
Ioan Slavici School was opened in 1965 and it provides educational services for primary and secondary pupils. The logo of our school is “Together for 21 st. century” and we focus on democratic values and principles, on the involvement of the local community into the school activities and the expansion of the school services regarding our community.
We aim to create an educational climate based on achievement, competition and cooperation and to support the development and chance equality of each pupil.
Roșia Gymnasium School, Sibiu, Romania
Roșia Gymnasium School is located in Roșia Village, Sibiu County, separated only by a hill from Sibiu town, 10 km away. This village, together with other five settlements – Daia, Caşolţ, Cornăţel, Nou and Nucet – forms the Roșia commune (Rothberg). Roșia Gymnasium School is one of the largest schools in Sibiu County, both in terms of number of pupils as well as geographical coverage. Our school functions according to the national curriculum. In addition to that, there is also a Waldorf school structure at Roşia School, in Roşia. Also, the adults who have not finished their studies in time can benefit from Second Chance School. Our school is friendly, promoting a positive attitude and encouraging students to become responsible citizens. Day by day we aim to create an attractive, friendly and appropriate environment for both students and teachers.
Lestonnac School, Mollet de Vallès, Spain
Lestonnac School is a free school located in Mollet de Vallès, a medium sized town with 50000 inhabitants near Barcelona. It is a religious school that works to have an impact on families and social transformation. Their educational project brings together tradition and novelty in order to ‘offer their hand’ to the community they serve. They have Christian humanistic approach to education, and they promote solidarity, social responsibility and development.
Cor de Maria, Valls, Spain
Cor de Maria is a free school located in Valls, a medium sized town with 24000 inhabitants near Tarragona. It has a Christian orientation and it is open to society. It promotes individual and social responsibility for a more human and just society. Fully integrated in the society that it serves, they educate learners in the values of freedom, justice, solidarity and peace. Cor de Maria covers all levels of compulsory education.
Lola Anglada, Tiana, Spain
Lola Anglada is a public school located in Tiana, a small town with 8500 inhabitants near Barcelona. It promotes integral education for leaners so that they take responsibility in their own development. It trains leaners with basic skills and techniques while defending multilingual, ethnic, religious, ideological and cultural diversity. It promotes values that are based on fundamental rights and freedoms, and it fosters tolerance. It is committed to fully connecting and integrating their activity in their social environment.
Asunción de Nuestra Señora, Sant Martí, Spain
Asunción de Nuestra Señora is a free school with religious humanistic orientation located in Poblenou, a neighborhood in one of the largest districts of Barcelona (1,6 million people), Sant Martí. They are one of the four different schools in Franciscanas Educational Institution and are committed to the systematic and gradual development of affective and intellectual skills of their students. They cultivate attitudes of gratitude, happiness, creativity, love of work, faithfulness, sincerity and respect for creation. They promote their learners’ social dimension based on respect, appreciation and solidarity, and they foster values of freedom, justice, solidarity and peace. They also teach according to a four-language school project. It covers all stages of compulsory education.
Bon Pastor School, Sant Feliu, Spain
Bon Pastor School is a free school from Sant Feliu, a medium sized school (population 45000) near Barcelona. It is committed to its integration in its sociocultural context. It is open to all people and cultures, and it aims at training citizens in a free and democratic society. It aims at providing the best education to new generations and educational opportunities for everyone throughout their whole lives.
Bernardí Tolrà School, Vila-Rodona, Spain
Bernardí Tolrà School is a public school located in Vila-rodona, a small village (1300 inhabitants) near Tarragona. It is devoted to the integral education of pupils and their integration in their sociocultural context. It promotes the values of freedom, solidarity and responsibility that contribute to the improvement of society.
Montessoriskolan Globen, Alingsås, Sweden
The Montessori school Globen is an independent school based on Montessori pedagogy for children between the ages of 6 and 16. There are currently about 400 students and staff there. The school is run by an organization of parents and is certified as being environmentally friendly.
Lextorpsskolan, Trollhättan, Sweden
Lextorpsskolan is a municipal school which places the utmost importance on the unique experiences each child brings to the classroom and regards them as an asset to the teaching environment. There is also framework for collaboration between students and parents. About 350 students between the ages of 6 and 12 attend the school.
Oscar Fredriksskolan, Gothenburg, Sweden
Oscar Fredriksskolan was built in 1897. It is a municipal innercity school located in the cosy quarters of Masthugget in Gothenburg. There are currently about 450 students between the ages of 6 and 12 attending this school.
Björkrisskolan, Kungsbacka, Sweden
Björkrisskolan is a newly built municipal school, located in a whole new area of the town. They have students between the ages of 6 and 11. The school promotes collaboration between the younger classes and the older both physically and developmentally.
Hedeskolan, Kungsbacka, Sweden
Hedeskolan is a municipal school with about 550 students and 60 teachers. The students are between the ages of 6 and 16.
Kullaviksskolan, Kullavik, Sweden
Kullaviksskolan is located in an idyllic landscape close to the sea, woods and green fields. It is a municipal school which caters for students between the ages of 6 and 16.
Onsala Montessoriskola, Onsala, Sweden
The Onsala Montessori school is an independent school based on Montessori pedagogy. The work is grounded in a philosophy that the students must feel secure in order to develop their knowledge and creativity. The students are between the ages of 6 and 16.
Grundschule Neunkirchen, Neunkirchen, Germany
Grundschule Neunkirchen is a rager large elementary school with around 200 children and 17 teachers. Some classes are taught across grades. The school has a strong point on finding their center in making music as a community. The school is located in a rural area and is interested in using more media in the classroom.
Grundschule Waldulm, Kappelrodeck-Waldulm, Germany
Grundschule Waldulm is an elementary school for the first four years. Classes are joined across grade levels for teaching. The pedagogy follows the Montessori tradition. Lots of self-guided learning materials are available to the children. There are three clasrooms, a computer room and a work room with kitchen, a reading-laboratory and a quiet room available. The school is located in a rural area.
Ernst Reuter Schule , Karlsruhe, Germany
Ernst Reuterschule has a large student population in the outskirts of Karlsruhe. It has an elementary school connected with a Werkrealschule. It is a dayschool that has a strong emphasis on using media in and out of the classroom. There are a number of cooperations to serve this purpose with Universities and Industries.
Rennbuckel Primary School, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Rennbuckel primary school is located in the northwest of Karlsruhe with 140 children. First and second grade students are taught together in three parallel classrooms. A mentoring system makes it easier for the first graders to enter school. Individual work on themes and weekly plans are standard. The school is certified for sports and physical education emphasis and democracy building in the school is part of the social program.
The school has iPads to promote and support children with educational games. Increasingly, the tablets are also used in art or science lessons. Overhead Projectors, an Apple TV and computer are integrated into the school’s own network as part of the standard equipment. The learning games and iPads are used regularly in the classroom. Fourth graders receive training in Internet and security issues.