Students, staff, and volunteers are reaping the rewards after the Northampton Saints Foundation’s successful bid to the Apethorpe Educational Trust.
The Trust, which gives financial aid and support to children and young people for their education and training, provided Saints Foundation with a sum of money to purchase eight iPads – which are now being used every day by students in Northamptonshire.
The Foundation’s programmes, delivered at Franklin’s Gardens and across the county, are all designed to educate, inspire and support young people and their communities.
The portability of iPads allows the Foundation’s staff and students to document their time easily and effectively, meaning progress can be more readily shared with local schools and colleges.
Students are able to learn new skills outside the traditional classroom environment that many can struggle with, with iPads able to support the latest applications that are educational as well as fun.
Meanwhile older students studying for their Level One and Two BTEC qualifications are also now able to undertake independent research whilst with us at the Foundation, allowing them to quickly progress.
“This money has allowed us to improve our current programmes and extend the work we do with our young people,” said Jordan Letts, Saints Foundation’s social inclusion manager.
“It has become very apparent since the arrival of these iPads that the update in technology is vital to success with our type of student.
“So, the introduction of eight iPads into the Foundation has made a massive difference already; students are better engaged, reporting is stronger and more effective, learning can progress faster, and we are only at the beginning of fully understanding the new opportunities this could open up for us.
“Many thanks again to the Apethorpe Educational Trust for making this happen.”