Under the Hat – Dan Oakes Talks Digital Signage

A picture of Headteacher Dan Oakes pointing to a screen showcasing their TrilbyTV digital signage.At TrilbyTV we love learning more about our customers, finding out what they’ve been sharing and the positive impact that digital signage is having on their stakeholders. This is why we’ve created our brand new “Under the Hat” series, exploring the background of the inspirational individuals that are bringing TrilbyTV to life and why they think that digital signage is so important.

Our first Under the Hat piece is from Dan Oakes from St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy in Swindon, Wiltshire. They’ve been using TrilbyTV since 2017 and are also an accredited Apple Regional Training Centre.

A picture of Headteacher Dan Oakes sitting on a bench.

So here’s what Dan Oakes had to say on St Bartholomew’s Digital Signage…

What is your role in your current setting?


What’s the best thing about your job?

I get to work with a fantastic team and everyday is different. I get to see both the children and the adults that are part of our school grow and experience success.

Why is sharing and showcasing digital content important to you?

The children create the most incredible digital content that deserves to be celebrated. Like anything, if people are exposed to high quality work it raises their own aspirations. We’ve seen children setting the bar for the adults which makes them raise their game too!

Why TrilbyTV?

Why TrilbyTV? Easy! Exceptionally simple to use, always adapting to the needs of education – great product – great company. It is all centred around celebrating pupils’ creativity and ingenuity.

A picture of Headteacher Dan Oakes pointing to a screen showcasing their TrilbyTV digital signage.

What’s been your TrilbyTV eureka moment?

My TrilbyTV eureka moment has to be the Twitter functionality. Firstly, it has enabled us to put screens in our staffroom and share educational twitter feeds showcasing resources, displays, inspiring quotes etc. Secondly, the quick win of our school Twitter feed consistently scrolling through the screens – teachers want more and more of their own content on the Twitter feed.

What’s your future plans for growing your school’s digital signage?

We’re expanding the school so screens are factored into the new build enabling us to celebrate digital work across the school – including entrances, corridors and communal spaces such as the library.

What idea or resource are you leaving in the hat?

Building confidence is key – we started small, and the best way to get the whole staff to buy-in was to show them the slideshow option in TrilbyTV so they could simply upload images and have them around the school instantly.

A picture of St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy, showcasing their TrilbyTV digital signage.

TrilbyTV Increasing Creativity, Staff Engagement and Inspiring Parents.

Big thank you to Dan for taking the time to answer our questions. It’s great to hear how well TrilbyTV is working for St. Bartholemew’s, not only for celebrating pupils’ creativity but inspiring parents and also increasing staff engagement.

If you’re one of our customers and would like to take part in our Under the Hat series please get in touch here. If you’re not a customer, why not click the free trial link above, switch that screen on and give TrilbyTV a go!

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