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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.....



November 2012


John Henry Newman School Received an Outstanding Judgement for all Aspects of their PSHE Provision

Karen Summers, County Adviser for PSHE & Citizenship supported the school with their 2 day PSHE subject inspection in March 2012 and also attended the OFSTED feedback meeting.  The PSHE lead had attended Karen's PSHE leadership CPD training last year and the school also hosted one of the termly PSHE Network meetings which are available to both primary and secondary PSHE school leads.  John Henry Newman School received an outstanding judgement for all aspects of their PSHE provision.

Janet Palmer, HMI Inspectorate made a subsequent visit to the school because the OFSTED inspector was so impressed with the school's sex and relationships provision during their PSHE inspection. 

This visit has now been written up as a case study 'Outstanding sex and relationship education in a Catholic context: The John Henry Newman Catholic School (November 2012' and is available to view on the Good Practice section of the OFSTED site:


PSHE SRE in a Catholic Context

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

April 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...

KS3 (relevance to 2, 4, 5)

Art & ICT

March 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

ICT Cross Curricular

March 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

March 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...

ICT & Literacy

March 2012

Mount Grace SchoolMount Grace School

Throughout this academic year, Mount Grace School has been striving towards achieving the International School Award. They have already attained the Foundation and Intermediate level and are now aiming for the Full ISA. They have audited our existing international work and have made plans to embed internationalism even more into our curriculum. More...

International School Award

March 2012

The Grove Junior SchoolLearning Together: A Pupil Voice Conference

The Grove was identified as a ‘Lead SEAL School’ for demonstrating and implementing excellent practice relating to the social and emotional aspects of learning. Whole-school aspects of SEAL have been successfully integrated across the curriculum and are used consistently by staff.

As part of the Lead SEAL School accreditation process it was decided to plan and run a Pupil Voice Conference. More...

PSHCE, Speaking and Listening, ICT

February 2012

Martins Wood Primary School logoMartins Wood Primary School
The school signed up to the Drawing the Line initiative when it was first launched.  It has undertaken PSHE and Citizenship lessons and activities to challenge pupils on their hurtful and negative use of the word ‘gay’ and all staff (who have been trained using Drawing the Line materials such as the Celebrating Difference DVD from Stonewall) are expected to challenge all forms of homophobia.  More...

Anti-bullying/ Anti-homphobia

January 2012

Simon Balle School Renewed their ISASimon Balle School Renewed their ISA

We successfully reapplied for the ISA in July 2011.  This was the culmination of work that goes on in the school and putting it together makes you realise how much we actually do. More...

International School Award

November 2011

Connecting Classrooms project- visit to Haryana, India

Applecroft, Rowans and Swallow Dell Schools are participating in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Programme. More...


October 2011

The Leventhorpe School and The John Warner School
Medals for learning - Re engaging hard to reach pupils in language learning

The aim of this exciting project, funded by ALL and Links into Languages, was to develop pupils’ target language and communication skills in a P.E environment to improve confidence in speaking and listening. More...

MFL KS3,4,5

October 2011

Strengthening Links between KS2 and KS3

Language Leaders at Roundwood Park School run Primary Languages Fair. More...


October 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

September 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

September 2011

Hertfordshire 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.




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