At the end of the 2014/2015 school year, the DigiLit Leicester project put out an open call to all schools in the Leicester City Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme to participate in a new collaborative open schools network. Network members will support their schools in developing staff digital literacy in relation to copyright and the creation and use of electronic resources, building on the council’s work on open educational resources (OER). They will also provide support for other BSF and primary schools across the city who want to develop their work around the use, creation and sharing digital resources.
Last year, the council became the first in Europe to provide school employees with formal permission to openly licence educational resources created in the line of their work. Providing this permission helps raise awareness about OER and open educational practice, and sends a clear message of encouragement for staff to find out about, and make best use of, openly licensed resources. You can read more about our work in relation to this here, and access and download resources to support your local authority and school implement their own OER policies.
We also provided schools across the city with OER guidance, resources, activities and information, which are also shared openly.
The newly formed group currently consists of ten network leads and two network coordinators, representing 12 city secondary and special schools. The network is made up of school support staff, teachers and leaders from a wide range of different types of schools:
Open School Network Coordinators
Coordinators will help facilitate network activities, and ensure everyone gets to hear about what is achieved.
Suzanne Lavelle, Researcher, Children’s Hospital School Leicester
Nora Ward, Assistant Headteacher, St Pauls Catholic School
Open School Network Leads
Antoinette Bouwens, Business Manager, St Pauls Catholic School
Pearl King, Assistant Headteacher, Rushey Mead School
Sharon Malley, Head of Mathematics, Crown Hills Community College
Michael Richardson, e-Safety and Communications Officer, Ellesmere College
Sera Shortland, Citizenship Coordinator, Hamilton College
Lucy Stone, Computing Teacher, Sir Jonathan North Community College
Mark Sutton, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Design and Technology, Soar Valley Community College
Christine Turner, Science Teacher, English Martyrs’ Catholic School
Peter Williams, Maths Teacher, The City Of Leicester College
The network will be taking part in a range of activities over the next academic year, including:
- Developing their own knowledge of open educational practice, open educational resources and open licences
- Support school governing bodies in implementing school based OER policies
- Promoting school staff understanding and awareness of what open educational resources are, how to find them, and how to reference them
- Promoting the use, creation and sharing of OER across schools
- Supporting Leicester primary schools and other BSF schools in relation to staff awareness and use of open educational resources