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Summer 2014

killigrew logoSandringham School - Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Sandringham School in St. Albans is an academy with 1300 students on roll, with specialisms in Art, Science and Leading Edge. It is also a Gifted and Talented lead school and holds International School status. Since the 2013 2014 school year Sandringham has been planning for and beginning the implementation of what will eventually be a school-wide BYOD scheme. Sandringham School...


July 2014

killigrew logoBarkway and Barley First Schools - Technology Rich Mobile Classroom

Barley C of E (VC) First School and Barkway VA (C of E) First School are two small schools in villages near Royston in Hertfordshire. They are approximately 2.5 miles apart and as they are small they share one head teacher. The schools therefore work together very closely in many different ways, and share certain resources, one of which is a technology equipped minibus. Barkway and Barley First Schools...




May 2013


killigrew logoKilligrew Primary and Nursery Schools - Using Android Tablets in a Primary School

Killigrew Primary and Nursery School is a two form entry school near St. Albans. We first visited this school in December 2012 to look at their use of Android based tablets, which the school purchased in the autumn term of that year.

Their 16 Toshiba AT300-101 tablet computers were purchased for general cross-curricular use in all classes. The school has an extensive PC network, running RM Community Connect 4, which includes an ICT suite as well as laptops for use in classrooms.

When the first version of this case study was published at the beginning of 2013, the tablets were new to the school so it was decided we would revisit the case a few months later to see how the use of these devices had developed. Killigrew Case Study.....


July 2012

Woodfield School logoWoodfield School
ICT in a Special School – the 3rd Millennium Learning Award

Woodfield School in Hemel Hempstead is a school for children and young people with severe learning difficulties. It has 64 pupils on roll, aged between 3 and 19.

The school first achieved the ICT Mark in 2005 and in 2012 took part in the pilot phase of the NAACE 3rd Millennium Learning Award, which they were successful in achieving in the summer term. This award “celebrates schools' achievements in creating an environment and curriculum that stimulate more and better learning, making full use of the opportunities presented by technology”. More...

All Key Stages

ICT, cross curricular, SEND

July 2012

Therfield First School logoTherfield First School
Using ICT to create art work inspired by the paintings of David Hockney

During the Spring Term of 2012 the 11 children in years 3 & 4, including two autistic pupils, created artwork inspired by the exhibition of David Hockney’s work at The Royal Academy in London. As Hockney used iPads to create some of the artwork on display at this exhibition, the children also used ICT as one of the creative methods. More...


Art & ICT

Apr 2012

Sandringham School logoSandringham School
Using iPads in Art to create work inspired by David Hockney

In the Spring term of 2012 a group of able, gifted and talented students in years 8 and 9 took part in a project where they used iPads to create artwork inspired by ‘paintings’ by David Hockney, also created using an iPad, which have been exhibited in London.

Whilst this project was for a group of able, gifted and talented students, the teachers involved definitely feel there is great potential in using the iPads in art, for all students. More...

(Relevance to 2, 4, 5)

Art & ICT

Mar 2012

Oughton Childrens Centre logoSt Lukes School
One-to-one Use of Netbooks by Students with Moderate Learning Difficulties

St. Luke’s School is a specialist Science and Humanities college for students with moderate learning difficulties. There are approximately 150 students on roll.

As part of a project sponsored by European Schoolnet and the technology company Acer, St. Luke’s received enough Acer ‘Aspire One’ Netbooks to equip every student with their own personal device, for use during the school day around the school. More...

KS3, KS4 & KS5

Cross Curricular

Mar 2012

Oughton Childrens Centre logoOughton Children’s Centre
Using Facebook for Children’s Centre Communication & Promotion

Oughton Children’s Centre is a Sure Start centre serving a wide area in Hitchin and some of the surrounding villages.

Over 500 families have registered to use the facilities and services.

In October 2011 the centre manager set up a Facebook ‘fan page’ to use as a communication tool for reaching local parents and carers. More...

Communication & Promotion

Mar 2012

Shepherd Primary School logoShepherd Primary School
Use of Kindle eReaders

During the spring term 2012 Kindle ebook readers were introduced into years 4 and 6, with the aim of motivating reluctant readers. The Kindle is designed for just one purpose, which is reading. Without the potential distraction of other functions, but still with the motivational factor of it being an ‘exciting electronic device. More...



Oct 2011

William Ransom School logoWilliam Ransom
Using Twitter and Social Media to Communicate with Parents

Schools are always trying to develop better home-school links and create a community of learning between parents, carers and the school.  William Ransom school in Hitchin have extended their online communication toolkit to include Twitter, sending brief, regular updates to parents and carers. Read this case study see how this might work in your school. More...


Communicating with Parents

Sep 2011

Verulam School logoVerulam School

Using Social Media tools for home/school communication

Verulam School is an all boys secondary school in St. Albans, with specialisms in Technology and MFL. It converted to Academy status in August 2011.

Since 2009 the school has used social media tools, in particular Facebook and Twitter, to complement the school website as a method of communication with parents, older students, ex-students, teachers and others who may have an interest in the school. More...

Communicating with Parents

Sep 2011

Herts and Essex High School Logo... Hertfordshire and Essex High School

Using Video Conferencing for Distance Learning at ‘A’ Level

The Hertfordshire & Essex High School in Bishop’s Stortford is a girls’ secondary school with just over 1000 students on roll. The school has used video conferencing through the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning for a number of years, for different educational projects. During this time it has established the delivery of some ‘A’ Level subjects through distance learning providers, using video conferencing for regular tutorials between the teachers and students.



May 2011

Forres Primary School Logo...Fair Field Junior School

Using Ubuntu on a Curriculum Network

Fair Field Junior School in Radlett is a 2 form entry junior with approximately 212 pupils on role. The school has been running the free Ubuntu (Linux) operating system on its curriculum computers since September 2010, with a variety of open source and web based software being used in different subject areas. This is being seen by the school as a ‘pilot’. The financial savings are so significant, and as the Ubuntu network is efficient and easy to set up and administer, the Headteacher felt it was well worth piloting. The school office continue to use Windows computers and teachers and the SLT use personal Apple Mac laptops. More...

KS2 (relevance to all)

Cross Curricular

Mar 2011

Forres Primary School Logo...Forres Primary School

Use of iPod Touch Handhelds at Forres Primary School

Since September 2010 the school has been implementing the use of iPod Touch handheld devices across the curriculum, in every year group. The school owns 30 iPods, purchase of which was part funded by the PTA. In addition to the devices they purchased a ‘Parasync’ charging dock which can charge up to 20 devices at one time, and synchronise each one to a laptop computer in order to transfer programs (apps,) photographs etc. This is housed in a wheeled suitcase so that the set of iPods can be easily moved around from class to class. The devices are managed by the school’s ICT Technician. More...

KS1 & KS2

Cross Curricular

Mar 2011

Holywell Primary School Logo...Holywell Primary School

Use of Apple iPad Tablet Computers in Foundation Stage.

The school purchased 3 iPad tablet computers primarily for use in the foundation stage, which enjoys a newly purpose built unit, opened in 2010.  The Headteacher and ICT subject leader were keen to explore the potential of the touch-interface of the iPad for enabling the children to access this type of ICT and the wide range of early learning games and activities available on this platform. More...


Early learning

Sep 2010

Holy Family Primary School Logo...Cuffley School logoHoly Family Primary School &
Cuffley School

Using Netbooks for one-to-one computing in Year 6.

These case studies focus on two Hertfordshire schools that are using netbooks (also known as ‘minibooks,’ and ‘mini laptops’) to provide one-to-one computing for pupils in year 6. The underlying aim is that children will have greater and more personalised access to ICT across the curriculum… More...


ICT, Cross Curricular

Jul 2010

Holdbrook Primary School logoHoldbrook Primary School

Use of iPod Touch handhelds at Holdbrook Primary School.

Holdbrook Primary School in Waltham Cross are running an innovative project using Apple's iPod Touch devices with 'brain training' type mental maths software. Children in year 6 have been taking part in daily sessions during the summer term, with year 5 children being introduced to the iPods as well. More...


ICT, Mathematics

Jun 2010

The Reddings Primary & Nursery School logoThe Reddings Primary & Nursery School

Using Nintendo DS Handheld Gaming Devices in Year 6.

During the Spring term 2010 The Reddings Primary and Nursery School in Hemel Hempstead ran a project in Year 6 using Nintendo DS gaming consoles, together with brain training software: More Brain Training by Dr. Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain?

Across a 9 week period the children carried out 10 to 15 minutes of mental cognition exercises using the games, and their “brain age” score was recorded on a weekly basis. More...


ICT, Mathematics & English

Feb 2010

The Grove Junior School logoThe Grove Junior School

A new approach to presenting the Ancient Greeks:

As part of their history homework, the year 5 pupils in Rowan class at Grove Junior School were asked to present a Greek myth in any way, shape or form that they wished. 

They had the option of choosing to use ICT, but this was not a prerequisite.

Emily was inspired by an example of a “talking chin” she had seen on youtube and decided to adapt the idea for her homework. More...


ICT, History
Speaking & Listening

Feb 2010

The John Warner School logoFearnhill School logoFearnhill School & The John Warner School

School radio stations are becoming more popular across the county, and there are many different options and possibilities when considering the use of this type of technology. This case study looks at two secondary schools which have each taken a different approach to setting up and running their school radio stations. More...

KS2 - KS5

School Radio Stations