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How Fettes College achieved 100% tech adoption

Fettes College is a private coeducational independent boarding and day school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s been cited as one of JK Rowling’s inspirations for Hogwarts!

After only 2 weeks we started seeing real benefits to learning and teaching
Yvonne Mitchell, Director of Digital Strategy Fettes College

Fettes College is a private coeducational independent boarding and day school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s been cited as one of JK Rowling’s inspirations for Hogwarts!

They joined the Firefly family in late 2015. The impact and their work with it has been nothing short of phenomenal.

  • 100% adoption by teachers and students
  • Mid-term grades improved across all years with immediate effect
  • Noticeable reduction in late preps or homework

We interviewed Yvonne Mitchell, director of digital strategy, to get her thoughts on life before and after Firefly.

What challenges were you facing before Firefly?

We had a VLE that didn’t fit Fettes’ dynamic school environment. Our lesson plans are not fixed, and preps are not a predetermined set of assignments. We needed to make a change for the better!

How has Firefly helped?

In so many ways! Firefly is dynamic and flexible. It provides students easy access to revision materials, shared resources and content for flipped learning. But what really stood out was the task setting.

Why did you choose Firefly?

Firefly has extraordinarily high user satisfaction rates in the Independent Schools’ Bursars’ Report. I spoke with other Firefly schools and heard really positive feedback. Plus, it fitted our BYOD environment. I was genuinely thrilled to have found something so fabulous.

How did you find rolling out Firefly to the whole school?

Piece of cake. Could not have been easier! Teachers found it intuitive and began building pages even before the first training session. The pupils were on board immediately and regularly tell me how much they like Firefly. A couple of my favourite quotes are:

I have never been so on top of, not only my prep, but also my school notices and changes of events. One of the best things to improve my work ethic and efficiency.
Student
Firefly is extremely efficient and is flawlessly fast. It helps me a lot in school time to stay organised.
Student

A huge thank you to Yvonne for taking the time to answer our questions. We’re looking forward to see how Firefly continues to work for Fettes’ teachers, students and parents.

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