Layton Primary School

Growing great minds together

Layton Primary School is an Apple Distinguished School in Blackpool. They worked alongside JTRS to deliver a 1:1 iPad Programme for pupils and teachers, which has supported some amazing impacts on learning.



Vision, culture & learning

Committed to raising standards of academic achievement by creating a technology-rich learning environment, supported by a deep understanding of the learning process; Layton Primary School worked closely in partnership with JTRS to introduce an iPad 1:1 programme. Over the last 5 years, Layton Primary has provided iPads on a 1:1 basis to pupils across Key Stage 2 and every teacher is now equipped with an iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil.

Situated on the eastern edge of Blackpool, Layton is a 3 form entry Primary School with 600 pupils that sits within the highest band of deprivation in England.

High achievement and high ambition are non-negotiable for Layton and through a culture underpinned by an ongoing mission to understand the learning process, Layton takes all the steps necessary to ensure their pupils succeed.

HeadTeacher, Jonathan Clucas, set out with a clear vision for how an iPad 1:1 programme would enhance learning and create a positive impact for pupils and teachers. Everyone at Layton Primary school is empowered to be a leader in learning. Their vision is to ‘Grow great minds together’ and to create the best conditions, curriculum and environment for maximum learning. iPad was chosen as the ideal tool to enable pupils and teachers to achieve this vision by promoting independence, increased opportunities for choice, curiosity, creativity, collaboration and a life-long passion for understanding and continuous learning.

Professional development is another key aspect of Layton’s successes. Teachers are encouraged and empowered to take ownership of their own professional development and are also supported by programmes such as Apple Teacher and Apple Professional Learning, provided by certified Apple Education Trainers from JTRS. Layton Primary School currently has 55 certified Apple Teachers and have received over 40 hours of Apple Professional Learning in the last 12 months. 

Focussing on learning with Apple Classroom

Every teacher at Layton Primary School uses Apple Classroom within their lessons. Apple Classroom supports teachers to keep the focus on learning by enabling the teachers to remotely control pupil iPads from their own device. Using Apple Classroom teachers are able to lock devices, launch pupils into an app simultaneously, group devices for differentiation and lock pupils into specific apps. Alice Nutt, Year 3 Teacher at Layton, describes Apple Classroom as "having an extra teacher in the room. It is a helping hand that is fabulous to use".

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Focus points

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 In September 2017 Layton worked with JTRS to introduce a further 100+ iPads for pupils and iPad Pros, Smart Keyboards and Apple Pencils for teachers via the new BOS Subscription solution. BOS is a flexible and modular subscription solution that is underpinned by services. BOS ensures that an iPad 1:1 programme is sustainable for long-term impacts on learning. BOS has been created in partnership with our parent company, Econocom group, a major European digital services company,

Lisa Sheldon, School Business Manager,  recognises that schools are facing real challenges presently in terms of finance and the uncertainty of future budgets. BOS was chosen as the preferred solution for Layton because of its simplicity in terms of management and budget planning. The services included in the BOS subscription also ensure that children and teachers will always have access to the latest technologies and features, which provides complete peace of mind. 

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'Growing Great Minds Together' is the vision behind the success of Layton Primary School. In this video, we explore how the effective use of iPad has created positive impacts on both teaching and learning.



In 2017 Layton Primary became officially recognised as an Apple Distinguished School. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate a positive impact on teaching and learning with Apple technologies. 



Complete technical support

JTRS provide the complete technical support for Layton Primary School, including unlimited remote and telephone support and an on-site engineer. A strong technical infrastructure is  key  to the success of any 1:1 iPad programme and we have worked hard to ensure that Layton is set up with all of the latest innovations, including DEP, Apple School Manager, and Apple Classroom. Our expertise as an Apple Solution Expert also enables us to help Layton plan ahead and support the ongoing development of their 1:1 programme.

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Supported by the strong foundation of their vision, culture, professional development and 1:1 iPad programme, Layton has achieved amazing impacts for their pupils, teachers and community.

In 2011 Layton were in the bottom 42% of schools in the country for progress made from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. Since introducing the first iPads to Year 6 at the end of 2012, the end of year Key Stage 2 data has been consistent. In 2015 Layton were in the highest 1% of schools in the country, for value-added progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 and at this point their 1:1 programme consisted of 200 iPads. In 2016 Layton maintained their progress within the highest 3% of schools in the country and now their 1:1 programme was across all of Key Stage 2.

With the support of their iPad 1:1 programme, Layton has made rapid improvement as a school in terms of Ofsted, progressing from Satisfactory to Outstanding across all areas in 5 years. The Ofsted report from their Outstanding Inspection in November 2011 makes specific reference to how the 'state-of-the-art' and 'wide-ranging' use of information and communication technology has a significant impact on pupils’ successful learning and enjoyment. 

In October 2017 Layton Primary School were successful in being recognised as an Apple Distinguished School. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate positive impact and the transformation of teaching and learning. As part of the process of becoming an Apple Distinguished School, Layton created an iBook which discusses their journey with iPad and documents their successes. 

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See the Stats

The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in school is innovative and far-reaching. Electronic tablets are used by staff and pupils in all aspects of learning, from collecting assessment information to discussing a pupil’s work in a lesson. They are also used to offer immediate feedback to pupils and for pupils to conduct their own research. The school’s use of ICT also adds a richness and fun to learning activities. For example, pupils in Year 1 were animated using their tablets to retell the story of ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman. The positive impact of ICT on the curriculum and on learning is immense and permeates through everything the school does.
The use of ICT makes an impressive contribution to teachers’ ability to respond to pupils’ learning needs and to give immediate feedback about their work. Electronic tablets are used to check pupils’ grasp of new knowledge. They are also used to share pupils’ work within the lesson and to enable immediate discussion and instant feedback as to strengths and where a piece of work could be improved. If a pupil is unsure about the meaning of a word or concept, the tablets are used adeptly to encourage pupils to seek the answer. For example, in an English lesson, some pupils were unsure of what continents were. The teacher asked them to quickly look it up. Instantly, pupils had a map indicating the continents of the world up on their screens. The teacher briefly checked understanding and resumed the main focus of the lesson.

Ofsted Inspection Report, 10th October 2017

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