AHS&C becomes first SEND Google Reference School in UK
Over the summer months, Abingdon House School and College was granted the status of Google Reference School - in achieving this status it has the distinction of becoming the first SEND Google Reference School in the UK. This is awarded to schools that have embedded the use of Google Workspace for Education throughout their school.
Peter Reeves, Head of Digital Education Training at Abingdon House School and College said, "It reflects that we are using Google tools in creative, innovative or exemplary ways.
"At AHSC we have completely embedded the use of Google Workspace throughout all areas of the curriculum to positively impact the learning and ability of all of our students. It also reflects the steps our staff have made to use these tools in a collaborative and innovative manner."
The Google Reference status reflects the growing level of ability, confidence and competence of IT users whether they are teaching staff, therapists, administrators or students.
Mr Reeves continued, "We started by offering training for our parents on a termly basis, this has now grown beyond Google tips and we have offered talks and guidance on a number of subjects including screen time and internet safety.
"We now are ready to show what we have achieved to the wider community, opening our doors to show the great work our staff do on a daily basis."
Mr Reeves has had the opportunity to speak at a number of Besa LearnEd roadshows, where he has been able to share stories of growth; a journey that started in the school with 10 chromebooks in a cupboard and has ended with a fully embedded technology system which has allowed the school to flourish!
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details of the 'Journey towards Google Reference School' status: