Hamilton Trust partners up with White October to strengthen online presence

The following is the complete press release.

March 2014 – Oxford web developer White October has been appointed digital partner by national education charity Hamilton Trust. The charity seeks to strengthen its presence online by achieving more engagement with its existing audiences, while widening its appeal to even more teachers.

The first phase, already under way, entails the overhaul of the main Hamilton Trust website, which provides extensive and coherent National Curriculum plans and a multitude of different resources to primary school teachers to help ensure high-quality teaching and learning in the classroom. This flagship resource offers over 10,000 pages of content and is regularly accessed by tens of thousands of registered users.

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A preview shot from the new Hamilton Trust website, to be released later this year. Photo credit Paul Viney.

Project manager Stephen Thomas explains how White October has approached the challenge:

“The Hamilton Trust website is used by teachers of all levels of experience and it often acts as a lifeline for extremely busy and newly qualified teachers who benefit from the structured and comprehensive curriculum content.

“The new site will make content much easier to find and use, helping teachers to access what they need more quickly. Part of the complexity is that we are ensuring the structuring of resources remains consistent so existing users feel comfortable, while giving Hamilton Trust new options to help more teachers to find the content that is relevant for them.”

The finished site will be Drupal-based to provide a solid platform for future developments. New search and browse functionality will improve content discoverability, while re-built e-commerce capability will streamline donations and payments. It will also deliver significant improvements on efficiency and responsiveness on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. Internal processes will be simplified, freeing up time for Hamilton Trust staff to focus on further content development and engagement with users. Existing content and registered users will be migrated to the new site, while new hosting will enable the site to scale up with demand.

The White October team are lead developer Garrett Coakley, designer Mariana Morris, user interface Carl Wood and project lead Stephen Thomas. The Hamilton Trust team includes Professor Ruth Merttens, who oversees all the education content on the site and Dr Athene Reiss, Hamilton’s Senior Project Manager.

The new site is scheduled for completion by the Summer term, and ongoing stages of the digital programme will be announced soon.

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