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RD&E hospital school achieves national first


The Royal Devon & Exeter hospital school has become the first of its kind to win an accolade for its use of Information and Communications Technology.


The school has been awarded the ICT mark from the Department of Education – making it the first hospital school in the country to receive this recognition. Devon Hospitals Short Stay School has a class on the Bramble children’s ward at the RD&E Wonford hospital and the Caroline Thorpe children’s ward in Barnstaple.


The award recognises their success in developing the use of ICT so that patients with a range of abilities and special educational needs can access the schools curriculum, as well as for administrative tasks.


The DoE external assessment noted “Information and Communications Technology is highly valued and prioritised in learning, and is fully integrated into the majority of lessons in this unique school. Resources allow truly personalised learning in every key stage and promote the school’s inclusion agenda.”


This accolade comes after a successful Ofsted rating of Good for the RD&E Hospital School after assessment in January. Ofsted inspectors highlighted outstanding features at the school, including “the outstanding care, guidance and support that pupils are given, which include excellent procedures to ensure their health and safety; and the excellent way in which the centre staff link with the medical and nursing staff to plan the provision.”


Teacher in charge Denise Benson said: “Receiving this award on top of the favourable Ofsted inspection has reflected the hard work and commitment of the staff. We were really pleased with this award especially as we are the first hospital school in the country to be given it.”


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