Innovation and Impact Days

Primary Network Member School Visits

Hosted and led by members of the SSAT primary network, this is a great chance to visit, network, learn and share best practice.

We are delighted to confirm attendance of Apple Distinguished Educators at the innovation and impact events. They will be sharing their stories about the real impact technology has made in their schools and beyond, and be available during the day.

Apple Distinguished Educators

Read more about them

Daniel Edwards
Director of Digital Strategy at Stephen Perse Foundation schools, Cambridge, UK. Daniel has taught physical education for over a decade and was previously a Director of Sport in a boys grammar school in High Wycombe. Daniel implemented 1-to-1 device programmes for both of these schools and his current role centres around curriculum design and effective use of technology for learning. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Education Trainer, Daniel regularly speaks at conferences and runs professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

Greg Hughes
Greg is Vice Principal: Learning Technologies & Curriculum at The de Ferrers Academy, responsible for the highly successful 1:1 iPad programme and the Apple Regional Training Centre, as well as digital strategy, e-safety and ICT integration across the schools of The de Ferrers Trust. He is one of the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board members and regularly delivers workshops and keynotes on primary and secondary leadership and educational technology. Greg has previously been a Head of Physics and Assistant Science College Director and in 2005, he received the Salters Horners A-level Physics Teacher of the Year award. Follow him on Twitter: @deepexperience1

Michelle Thomas
Michelle is Executive Headteacher at Grazebrook Federation. She leads the Grazebrook Federation in North London made up of Grazebrook Primary, Shacklewell Primary and partnered with Woodberry Down Community Primary School. At its most recent OFSTED inspection, Grazebrook Primary School was awarded outstanding. Michelle has led the implementation of the innovative iPad programme across the federation to enhance and transform learning for students. The Grazebrook Federation is an Apple Regional Training Centre and develops teacher trainees through the New Wave Education Teaching School Alliance.

If you’re interested in attending one of these visits, please contact the school directly to book your place.

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Wednesday 11th October 2017 Woodberry Down Primary School – London Please book via Eventbrite 9.00-14.00 Greg Hughes

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Woodberry Down is part of the New Wave Federation- a close knit triumvirate family of schools. Through collaboration and commitment to a shared vision we continue to grow and improve together,creating exciting and vibrant learning communities.

At Woodberry Down, we embrace modern teaching and learning approaches which will improve the life chances of all pupils. In recent years, our success and dedication to progress has helped Woodberry Down attain both national and international recognition as a beacon school in many key areas such as digital learning and an enriched global curriculum. We hold Apple Distinguished School Status and are a Model School for Read Write Inc (RWI). It is also the home of the North London Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC).

Woodberry Down prides itself on being a stimulating, creative and modern learning hub. We excite pupils and seek to bolster their passion for learning. We set high expectations in all areas for our pupils. Children are consistently challenged and are taught to be aware of how to achieve and make progress in learning.

We value the opportunity to introduce you to Woodberry Down with SSAT. We are confident you will find it highly impressive academically and also a school where excellent standards of behaviour and wellbeing are given the highest priority to ensure our children are equipped with the skills for their futures.

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Thursday 9th November 2017 Hilton Primary Academy – Blakelaw  To book your place on our TeamHilton 'Impact and Innovation Day’ please email   9.30 – 14.00  Dan Edwards

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At Hilton we pride ourselves in doing things our way, for our children and our community. We are not afraid to be ‘Punk Teachers’ – being reactive with our teaching and taking risks to engage our children & community! Come along and join us on Thursday 9th November 2017 to find out more about what works for us at Team Hilton, including:

  • How to make your school go viral for all the right reasons – the power of social media for parental and community engagement!
  • Using technology to enhance learning – how our 1:1 iPad project has boosted attendance, attainment and engagement.
  • Building an outdoor learning environment that can be used all year around… even with the Geordie climate!
  • Mastery in maths – as a North East Maths Hub, how have we embedded mastery in our maths curriculum?
  • Exploring how we use research projects to enhance our teaching, including TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Programme), the Visible Classroom Project and Third Space Learning – an innovative & personalised maths mentor project.
  • Building an enthusiastic team, where work-life balance is valued & all but essential paperwork has been eliminated!

Pastries and hot drinks will be available between 9am and 9:30am and a lunch of hot paninis and salad will be provided by our Chef.

We look forward to giving you a warm Geordie welcome to #TeamHilton!

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Wednesday 7th March 2018 Woodland View Primary School – Northampton Please book via Eventbrite. Or email Mark Thomas Headteacher at" 9.30am – 2.00pm Michelle Thomas

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Come along and find out about what makes our school so special. You are most welcome to visit our high achieving school where staff go the extra mile to provide a wealth of enrichment activities to enhance children’s development.

Specifically, we hope to show you how:

  • Investing in staff creates a culture of discretionary effort
  • Children are immersed in their learning to provide awe and wonder
  • Business and social enterprise opportunities enhance personal and academic development

When our children move on to secondary school and are asked which primary school they had previously attended, they say “I didn’t go to a normal school; I went to Woodland View”.

Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Tuesday 24 June 2018 Wingfield Primary School – Greenwich TBC TBC Dan Edwards


Date School Contact Name/Details Programme Apple Distinguished Educator
Wednesday 27th June 2018 Highgate Primary Academy – Rotherham Please book via Eventbrite or email 9.30 – 14.30 Greg Hughes

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At Highgate we not only have high expectations for academic learning, but we also pride ourselves on developing well-rounded, happy, successful human beings for life.  This is why ‘Eight Steps to Success’ are at the heart of everything we do. Daily, our curriculum design encourages children to focus on the following steps: Don’t give up, Try new things, Work Hard, Understand Others, Concentrate, Improve, Imagine and Push Yourself. Join us on Wednesday 27th June 2018 to find out more about how this works in practice across the curriculum, seeing in action:

  • Real life, creative learning experiences
  • Preparation for future careers, aspirations and technologies
  • The development of thinking skills through ‘Philosophy for Children’
  • Exploration of high quality books that explore important themes
  • Collaborative learning structures built into lessons
  • A through-school approach, with problem-solving skills developed from Nursery
  • The culmination of this whole-school learning in the ‘Highgate Difference Awards’: a challenge for all Year 6s proving how they have developed the school’s ‘Eight Steps to Success’

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