ICT Curriculum Adviser and Foundation Stage ICT Strategy Manager for
Rachel started her career as a teacher and has taught in primary schools across Northamptonshire for 15 years. For the last 4 years she has worked for the county council as an ICT curriculum adviser supporting the 240 primary schools across the county. She has developed a particular interest and expertise in the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching in the Foundation Stage (3 – 5 year olds).
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The aim of Northamptonshire’s Foundation Stage ICT Strategy 2003 – 2006, ‘Getting it right from the start’ is to establish an appropriate learning and ICT provision for all Foundation Stage children in the county’s schools. The county is rapidly gaining national recognition for the value of this work. Northamptonshire’s schools have come to realise that the newest and best resources should be targeted at their youngest learners and the strategy is clearly demonstrating that access to a high quality learning and ICT provision can enhance the teaching and learning of all Foundation Stage children.
Rachel says ‘We have come close to achieving our aim in our 48 nursery classes (3 – 4 year olds) and we are currently establishing 17 schools that will exemplify good practice Foundation Stage ICT in their Reception classes (4 – 5 year olds). It is exciting times as we work with these schools and have a real impact on the achievement of the youngest children in our schools.’