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Tring School first started using G Suite for Education in 2015 and in 2016 we were honoured to be recognised as a Google Reference School as recognition for our use of technology in the classroom to positively impact the education of our students. 

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Being a Google Reference School means we are joining a select group of schools and colleges in England. Being part of the F19505189Google Reference Schools program means that our use of G Suite throughout the school and our good practice in utilising its tools can be referenced and displayed to offer support to other schools. We are able to provide training opportunities for colleagues and will continue to work closely with Google in supporting the use, development and deployment of future technologies for use in schools.Img 0009Tring178

In September 2016 we started our 1-1 rollout of Chromebooks. All students in the Ks3 and Ks4 would have access to a Chromebook in lessons. This staged rollout continued with different year groups until all students in September 2017 had a device. Staff have used the various apps to organise, collaborate and engage students in their learning.  It has been such a successful and easy way to share documents and collaborate across the school.  Students all have Gmail accounts and this allows them to store their work in the ‘Cloud’ as opposed to on a network.  This allows our students to login to a variety of devices, anywhere on the school site or at home and access their work.

In May 2016, we hosted the GAFE Roadshow at school which allowed us to share our practice with our local primary schools and partner schools.  We were one of only a few select schools in the country involved in the roadshow and the only school in this area.

Our goal is for all students to have access to technology within their lessons, and for it to be used to allow students to become confident and responsible users of modern technology, promoting communication, independence, resilience, collaboration and progress.

From Tring to Tokyo - September 2018

Tring School in Hertfordshire has the honour of being the only school in the whole of the UK which was invited to speak at last month’s prestigious Google Cloud Next 18 event in Tokyo.

Screen shot 2019 01 08 at 163541Screen shot 2019 01 08 at 162952Tring School has been at the forefront of innovation in the education sector in the UK since it embarked on the Google journey in January 2015. The one-to-one Chromebook scheme for the students alongside the introduction of G Suite for Education has revolutionised the way that students learn and interact in the classroom. More engagement, more collaboration, more excitement and more interaction and extremely high quality feedback from teachers have led to improved results across the board.Screen shot 2019 01 08 at 163513

In September, Chris Lickfold, Assistant Headteacher at Tring School, presented at the Google Next conference in Tokyo. In front of an audience of school leaders and education boards from Asia and Japan, Chris demonstrated how the school has successfully transitioned the use of technology into the day-to day of school life. He spoke of the many opportunities (and challenges) that the technology brings and how the school has harnessed these to become one of the leading UK schools for technological innovation.

Google Cloud Next is a large exhibition showcasing the Google suite across a wide range of sectors including education. The show has toured to San Francisco in July, Japan in September and will be in London in November. In the education strand, outstanding representatives were invited from seven different countries including Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Australia and the UK to come together to tell their stories.

Chris Lickford, commenting on his Screen shot 2019 01 08 at 163554experience said "It was an amazing opportunity to represent the UK education system and the work we have done at Tring School. To be on a stage with other schools from across the world was an incredible privilege and honor. I am immensely proud of all that we have achieved at Tring, and for the school to be able to demonstrate how adopting technology has led to clear improvements in learning outcomes is a highlight of my career".

Another benefit that has arisen from the trip to Japan is the interaction with other schools from across the world. Technology will enable Chris and Tring School to connect their classrooms with their newly found peers using video conferencing across the Google system. By interfacing through common technology, these geographically distant schools can share experiences in the classroom and help foster an awareness of different cultures. In addition over the last two years Tring has hosted visitors from 100 other schools from the UK, Europe and Asia.

The journey from Tring to Tokyo has been an incredible experience for the school but it is a journey that isn’t and never will be concluded. The speed of technological advances will never slow down and Tring School plans to remain at the forefront of innovation and collaboration on a global stage.

Tech for Learning Gets Results - Academy Today November 2017

Screen shot 2019 01 08 at 172807Tring School featured in the November 2017 edition of Academy Today.  Please click here to read the full article ...

Chris Lickfold, Director of Learning for Tring School, reflects on the positive impact of technology in the classroom.

One year on from launching Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education, the cloud-based learning software, Tring School, a large secondary school in Hertfordshire has seen clear improvements in a number of aspects of teaching and learning.

In September 2013 Tring School began to look at ways to leverage technology to enhance the curriculum and ultimately, to improve teaching and learning outcomes for the school's 1500 students. With the growing presence and use of importance technology in the workplace and at home, the school knew they had an obligation to ensure their students are equipped with the right skills to thrive in this ever-changing environment. 

Story of Impact in Tring School - Google January 2017

Last year we brought Chromebooks to Tring School and trained teachers and students to use G Suite for Education. We were fortunate to be in a school environment that was already reaching its goals, but we saw an opportunity to improve further by creating a culture of sharing and engagement.

Shortly after bringing Google tools to students at Tring School, we saw students becoming more independent in their learning - and more curious about the world than we could have imagined.  Read more ...

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Schools using Technology to Personalise Learning - TES July 2016

Screen shot 2019 01 08 at 170021Tring School featured in the July 2016 edition of the Times Educational Supplement.  Please click here to read the full article ...

‘Instant feedback’

Similar improvements have been witnessed at Tring School in Hertfordshire, thanks to the improved communication and feedback that can be delivered through appropriate use of technology.

Like, IPACA, Tring implemented cloud-based learning in the form of Google Apps for Education. Chris Lickfold, director of learning at Tring, says the changes have transformed the way teachers deliver their lessons, while changing students’ learning habits.

“Teachers can give instant feedback on students’ work, and the platform ensures students can easily collaborate, and eliminates delays caused by work being left at home or lost,” Lickfold says. “And if a student has a question they can have a dialogue with the teacher within the document at any point.”The changes have meant “results have improved significantly”, he adds.

“Students’ expected progress in science, for example, has improved by 20 per cent, and their better-than-expected progress has increased by 21 per cent compared with previous cohorts.”

Teachers are able to gain real insights into how long a piece of work has taken, when it was carried out and how it was constructed.

“This means teacher support is far better targeted,” Lickfold says. “It also means we can personalise work to suit the student far better, with students being able to work at their pace on different tasks.”

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