Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt MP has visited Jervoise School and Pheasey Park Primary School in Birmingham, and the Tamworth Campus of South Staffordshire College.
Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education,
having lunch with pupils at Jervoise School
Tristram Hunt MP met with staff and pupils at Jervoise School in Birmingham for a short tour of the school and a lunch with the students. After lunch, Tristram met with the Head Teachers and Senior Staff to talk about how we can raise standards in our classrooms.
Later, the Shadow Secretary for Education met with local MP Valerie Vaz to open the UK's first new Collaborative Classroom at Pheasey Park Primary School in Birmingham.
The technology in the classroom allows for a single lesson to be taught in a differentiated way to a range of abilities and through collaboration amongst pupils and the teacher.
The collaborative classroom comprises of three large interactive screens, two multitouch interactive tables, a "Visualiser" to display real-time video or images on the interactive touch screens, notebook style laptops for every child and the class teacher, as well as interlocking tables which can be arranged flexibly according to the needs of the lesson being taught.
Tristram Hunt MP unveiling the UK's first
Collaborative Classroom at Pheasey Park Primary School
with Valerie Vaz MP
Valerie Vaz MP said:
"Pheasey Park Farm Primary School's digital Collaborative Classroom is one of the cornerstones of the School's plan to become an Outstanding School and an internationally recognised centre of excellence for digital learning. I wanted to show this innovation to the Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt MP and so invited him to Walsall to officially open the Collaborative Classroom, which is the first of its kind in Europe."
Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt MP said:
"It is important that I see the best innovations and practices in teaching around the country. The Collaborative Classroom at Pheasey Park Farm Primary School is an interesting example of the use of digital technologies.
"It is crucial that the very best examples of good practice from across the country are disseminated widely so that all children can enjoy the very highest standard of education possible."
Tristram Hunt MP then travelled to the Tamworth Campus of South Staffordshire College, where he met with Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Tamworth Carol Dean. Here, Tristram and Carol had a tour of the campus followed by an unscripted Question and Answer session with the college students.