School Radio

Developing a school radio station

They say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and now I really feel the impact of those words. Developing Dwight Radio has been a long and rewarding journey; many hours were sacrificed but so many inspiring moments were gained. Seeing the enthusiasm and delight of the students as they walk into the radio booth never grows old.

I’ll never forget the moment when a child with very little English decided to follow his classmates up to the radio booth, just to see what all the fuss was about. He had no initial intentions of speaking but as the session progressed, we slowly encouraged him to join in. First he put on headphones to hear the others speak. Then we showed him how to control the mic faders. Before we knew it, he was recording himself on the radio! With pride and certainty, he introduced himself and his friends. I’m trying not to sound corny but it really was one of those moments that melted your heart.


Our school radio journey started over 12 months ago when we purchased radio equipment from School Radio. This company provides ongoing support which has been wonderful for those moments when I have forgotten how to customise a certain feature or simply when I needed advice. Available on their website are teaching resources which focus on using the radio to support the curriculum. This was a big selling point for us as we wanted a radio station to showcase learning.

Once our radio booth was set up, it came time to play. After receiving training, many hours were spent familiarising myself with the features and planning how to organise radio content. Thankfully before purchasing the equipment, my Headteacher and I had visited Anson Primary School who have a well established and successful school radio station. They had given us advice on how to organise and develop a system of recording and curating radio content. With that advice in mind, I took time to plan this before training the masses.

To allow the most efficient use of the radio station, I began by training our Learning Support Assistants (LSAs). Their role is to support students which gives them a bit more flexibility when it comes to leaving the classroom. Whilst the teacher works with most of the class, LSAs are able to take small groups of children out to the radio booth.

My student Digital Leaders also became important ambassadors for promoting the radio. They quickly picked up the skills to use the radio independently and planned ways that we could encourage others to join in the fun.  They have recorded promotional videos for assemblies, created online safety messages and recorded stories for younger students.

After enough people were using the radio, we began creating termly radio shows. These shows included content from Kindergarten to Year 6 and showcased a range of creativity and learning. Check out our Dwight Radio page for our Autumn radio show.

We are now about to embark on weekly radio shows to further promote the radio. With the support of the Lower School ICT Committee we have planned ways to encourage involvement across the school with regular segments assigned to different areas and other exciting initiatives. Stay tuned to read more about our Dwight Radio updates.

Continuing Professional Development

Becoming a Digital Literacy Coach

Transition from ICT Coordinator to Digital Literacy Coach.

In September 2015 I was lucky enough to begin a new role at my PYP school in London. The school was looking to move forward with the use of ICT and wanted to invest more time into Continual Professional Development in this area.

So a Digi Coach I became! I spent the summer looking into relevant research and reading up on coaching techniques. I was conscious that a coaching role should be approached differently to my previous curriculum coordinator role.

A resource that particularly stood out was a multi touch book called Coaching for Digital Literacy (available for free on iTunes). This book is a collaboration of International School Educators and provides practical suggestions and case studies to help equip Digital Literacy Coaches with valuable skills to support others. One point that resonated with me was that wherever possible the focus of coaching should be on student learning, not on teacher expertise.


Once September rolled around, it was time to start coaching. I will admit that it took a little while for the ball to get rolling but once teachers realised that I was there to offer support, the pace started to pick up. Teachers began to approach me with new ideas and were gradually willing to share skills with others.

We are still very new into our Digital Coaching journey but the future is bright! Stayed tuned for more updates!