Exning Primary School in Newmarket is celebrating winning a 2019 LGfL Digital Excellence Award in the ‘Cloud Transformation’ category for their use of cloud-based technology to reduce teacher workload and increase pupil collaboration in lessons.
Run by edtech charity LGfL, the Digital Excellence Awards celebrate the innovative ways schools use LGfL’s services and digital learning resources to improve teaching and learning.
The awards ceremony took place at LGfL’s Annual Curriculum Conference on 25 April, which addressed teacher and student wellbeing, the computing curriculum and LGfL’s deals with IT giants including Adobe, Apple and Microsoft.
Presented for the first time this year, the ‘Cloud Transformation’ award aims to recognise schools for creative use of the new cloud-based tools provided through the LGfL ‘Let’s Get Digital’ subscription, including Google (G Suite) for Education – software that increases learning opportunities, reduces administrative tasks and encourages critical thinking.
At Exning Primary, G Suite has reduced teacher workload and revitalised lessons through live formative feedback. The judges commended Exning Primary for the “clear evidence of transformation through the cloud-based tools that enable new styles of teaching and learning, such as formative assessment, pupil collaboration and working at home. These activities have clearly enhanced the children’s learning.”
Natasha Warren, Deputy Headteacher at Exning Primary, said “We are thrilled to be the first recipients of the ‘Cloud Transformation’ award. We’re committed to providing our pupils and staff opportunities to benefit from the latest technological innovations because it makes us more effective teachers and helps our pupils achieve their full potential. Last year we attended our first LGfL conference which inspired us to develop a cloud-based digital strategy.”
John Jackson, CEO at LGfL, said: “It’s fantastic to see how our schools are using cloud-based software to infuse creativity in the classroom and reduce administrative tasks for teachers. As the pressures on teachers continue to grow in the face of dwindling budgets, LGfL is committed to helping schools through providing the latest cutting-edge software at no extra cost to schools.”
Submissions for the 2020 LGfL Digital Excellence Awards open in October.
To find out more, visit https://www.lgfl.net/learning-resources/awards.