inspire, Wolverhampton’s Local Education Partnership (LEP), set up a student digital leader project late in 2011. inspire managed this digital leader project, which aimed to develop a range of skills and outcomes for both the digital leaders themselves and for a potentially wide variety of personnel within the schools. By the 2012 to 2013 school year, five schools were involved in the project.
In this initiative, it was intended that the student digital leaders would share their digital technology expertise with others with less developed skills in that area, including teachers and managers in schools. Research literature indicates that learning through such intergenerational practices (where young people are more expert than older adults) is happening already in some contexts, and that practices such as this digital leader initiative could not be implemented but could also lead to benefits for student, teacher and other personnel involved. However, it is clear also from the research literature that background strategy, planning and support are all necessary if educational benefits are to be fully realised.
This study explored ways that the digital leader initiative was implemented, and attempted to identify outcomes arising. Evidence gathered is reported here as case studies and vignettes of practice.