One of the North-West’s leading tech companies has partnered with Oasis Academy to give children in Oldham their very own iPad as part of a mission to make great education more accessible to everyone.
Sync – a longstanding local business that’s been charging-up Manchester for 30 years and counting – has supplied devices for all pupils and teachers at an Oldham primary school in a drive for equality.
Oldham Academy Clarksfield is part of the Oasis Community Learning family of schools – which has worked with Sync to pass along 450 iPads to local children.
The devices have helped to remove barriers some young people face in accessing learning resources outside of school.
Nigel Fowler, Principal at Oasis Academy Clarksfield, stated: “We are extremely excited to be part of the Oasis Community Learning Horizons project.
“Every child now has access to a top end device enabling them to complete research, enhance their learning, and develop as learners.
“The project is digitally transforming Oasis Clarksfield, moving us to the cutting edge of technology and learning.
“This project marries up the building project currently being undertaken and the result will be a learning environment and resources to enable us to help our children prepare for the 21st century.”
The iPad supply is part of a wider scheme titled Oasis Horizons – which is committed to delivering over 30,000 iPads to primary, secondary, sixth form students, and staff over a 12-month period.
The strategy involves improving the curriculum in Oasis academies and giving staff the chance to develop their skills within the classroom.
Tom Crump, National Education Manager at Sync, explained: “The equitable delivery of education through digital means has never been more important.
“By equipping teachers and students with an iPad, OCL is preparing for the long-term delivery of equitable learning – whether students are in school or at home.
“We are proud to be working with OCL on their ground-breaking Horizons project – the largest provision of iPad in education happening in England to date.”
Sync has been part of the tech scene in Manchester for 30 years / Image: Sync
The work with Oasis Academy Clarksfield is just one example of the ways in which Sync is supporting local education.
The company is focused on helping schools adopt and integrate technology – as well as setting up workshops and seminars for those eager to learn more about utilising tech in all kinds of educational arenas.
Sync offered free spaces to local business owners and entrepreneurs during the nationwide lockdown – including vital skills-based training courses designed for enhancing work and communication.
The Sync Deansgate site – a three-storey tech shop with an Apple desk, training suite, and conference centre – is open now with an information desk for anyone looking to find out more.
Additional information on training and events available at Sync can be found here.