It gives me great pleasure to introduce Ysgol Estyn's new website.
It has been in development for the last 18 months and due to COVID and the fact that it was intended to be driven totally by 'Pupil Voice' the launch has been delayed.
Why Pupil Voice?
Ysgol Estyn have been working with E2E Education for a number of years, firstly as Education providers and more recently as the schools Data Protection Team. I’m aware the company now work in partnership with a large number of the primary schools in Flintshire and their team contacted me 3 years ago to see if they could build the school a new website. The timing of their offer did not align with school priorities at that point, however 12 months later we decided that the time was right for our older pupils to begin to plan and develop the site alongside the professionals from E2E. As the roll out of Curriculum Wales increased in pace, we felt it ever more important for our pupils to firstly, plan the site and then become involved in the finer details needed to create it. All the children in Year 6 (2021-2022) have developed their IT skills and knowledge during the last 12 months.
Working with E2E has been firstly, enlightening for our pupils and secondly rewarding for both staff pupils to see the final product and one that is now published globally.
Many thanks to all members of the E2E team for their support and guidance, to Mr Guy, Year 6 teacher for his input throughout and especially our talented group of Year 6 pupils for developing such an eye catching an informative site!
What e2e did and why
From the outset, E2E’s aim was to ensure that the pupil voice experience engaged with the Year 6 Web Team Leaders in a way that allowed them to work with a company and gain an understanding of the process and elements involved when building a website.
They sent their specialists into school to work with the group on the design of the website, and also took over lessons to train all of Year 6 on how to produce the school’s virtual tour.
Each element of the design phase was explained so that the Web Team Leaders understood why continuity is important and how the design effects the rest of the website. Tasks were completed by the Web Team Leaders and decisions made by teamwork and democracy to ensure that everyone had their say. All of Year 6 were asked to get creative and design the Pupil Voice and the Pets Corner logo’s, with the Web Team Leaders mentoring their own groups. E2E provided the expert technical knowledge to create the virtual tour. The tour shows visitors to the website the school through the eyes of the children, which adds another level of engagement.
Throughout the project, the pupils were encouraged to ask questions, not only about the website, but also about the company and business in general. The children and the E2E team thoroughly enjoyed this part of the process!