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Students take a break from classroom learning to enjoy a good book in the quiet reading room
Students take a break from classroom learning to enjoy a good book in the quiet reading room

Two innovations are boosting creativity for students at Uckfield Community Technology College.

Since September young people have been enjoying a reading room - a space dedicated to reading just for pleasure and what the college describes as a quiet haven in which to curl up with a good book.

Principal Hugh Hennebry explained that students are expected to read every week and have a reading book with them all the time.

The reading room is open before and after school as well as at break and luncthtimes. It also hosts a book club where readers can review books, swap recommendations and shadow the progress of the Young Adult book awards. Students also attend the prestigious Southern Schools Book Award, hosted at Roedean School.

He said: “The atmosphere in the room is cosy and inviting and there is a steady throng of young people eager to join those exploring new genres and stretching their imaginations.”

Now the college is launching students on another journey that aims to encourage creativity, collaboration and a personalised approach to learning using mobile devices,

A Chromebook is Google’s version of a portable computer, smaller and slimmer than a laptop.

Hugh Hennebry said: “This programme is all about what is best for the learner, and will support students and teachers to implement transformative uses of technology for learning.”

Recent evidence suggests using one-to-one devices enhances already successful student learning, provides advanced digital learning and teaching tools to teachers and their students and enables students to understand the value of information and ideas in the digital world.

Mr Hennebry explained: “At the core of our education is the expectation students will be well prepared for college or work and the lifelong learning that lies ahead for them. We believe the foundation of such preparation is the ability to be a lifelong learner now.”