Blended Learning

21st Century Learners Blended Learning: Combining the best traditional classroom teaching methods with access to eLearning tools to extend learning beyond the classroom.

“web-based tools and resources have changed the landscape of learning. Students now have at their fingertips unlimited access to digital content, resources, experts, databases and communities of interest. “

We believe that in an ever-changing, interconnected world, our model of Teaching and Learning needs to evolve to embrace the new reality.

We think that 21st Century Learners:

  • Learn through enquiry and creativity, investigating the world around them and synthesising new knowledge through investigation and projects
  • Have a right to an increasingly personalised curriculum, that caters to their individual needs and motivates them through choice and variety of learning media
  • Make connections locally and globally, collaborating with peers, expressing their ideas and gaining a global perspective
  • Are active, independent learners that steer their learning rather than passively ‘consuming’ it. Are able to lead the learning, with the teacher as ‘guide on the side’
  • Are able to extend the boundaries of learning beyond the confines of the classroom and school day


Please see the presentations below from our Parents’ Information Evenings

BYOD to Sandringham v3.0

Digital Leaders Presentation

1:1 Learning Devices

There is an increasing body of research that has measured the positive impact of access to portable digital technologies upon learning (

Our own pilot of iPads in school from 2011 to 2013 resulted in over 3,000 hours of lessons being delivered using the technology across the key stages and subjects.


Usage is diverse: as a video camera in Media and IT, research for Science practicals, a musical instrument, a paintbox in Art, reviewing performances in Dance and P.E., an atlas and encyclopaedia in Geography and History…

Why Bring Your Own Device?

  • The average UK teenager owns six digital devices! (source) Our students have their own technology. They will look after it and don’t need to be trained.
  • The evolution of the internet and Web 2.0 means that the main learning benefits can be achieved regardless of device.
  • Costs have recently come down (Android tablets for around £79 are perfectly capable)
  • Gives parental choice and avoids single vendor lock-in
  • Opportunities to provide more access to digital learning media in school without building more ICT suites. If every student has a personal device, the need for photocopying and printing will reduce.

The Bring Your Own Device Scheme – How does it work?

tabletsThe scheme is part of a wider plan to equip students with the tools for 21st century learning. As well as requiring students to have a device, we provide the following:

– access for students and families to Microsoft Office 365 that can be downloaded for use on up to five devices at home

– Google Apps for Education that provides email, storage accessible from any device and a platform for collaboration

– various commercial online learning tools such as SAM Learning, Kerboodle and Encyclopaedia Britannica

– a portal that provides access to the best online learning tools and remote access to school systems

– access to loan facilities for eBooks for both fiction and non-fiction/textbook titles

– a portal called Show My Homework that lists homework tasks and due dates for each child based on an online calendar

If your child already has a suitable device

  • we would recommend a sturdy case to transport it to school (e.g. the Griffin Survivor or Otterbox Defender series).
  • parents are advised to have insurance/accidental damage cover for the device and this may well already be covered under your home contents policy.
  • the school will require you and your child to sign an Acceptable Use Policy. Students will be allowed to keep their own content on their devices.

If your child does not already have a suitable device

  • The best deals on suitable devices are constantly changing, so it is impossible for us to recommend a specific device from a specific vendor. Two retailers that we use for school equipment and can recommend are and John Lewis and Currys PC World can offer personal service and good warranty cover.
  • If you qualify for Pupil Premium support, we will provide a loan device. Further details will be in the pack from our Pupil Premium co-ordinator, Emma Coyne.
  • Equality of access is a key goal of the scheme and no child should be disadvantaged by this project. We have set aside funds to help families who may not be Pupil Premium eligible but may not be able to afford a device. Please contact the school in writing, by phone or via email to discuss.

eBooks at Sandringham

VLE Books


We are pleased to make available a lending library of modern fiction eBooks via the VLeBooks service. This contains a range of popular fiction authors and books can be read online or ‘borrowed’ for offline reading by downloading to a tablet using the VLeBooks app.

We have also added a link to a range of classic eBooks that can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

Further details are in the attached flyer and user guides are also on the main MySandStorm page.

eLearning Flyer

Encyclopaedia Britannica now available to Sandringham learning community

Putting the tools for eLearning into the hands of students and teachers is the first step, the next is to develop not only our pedagogy but also finding high quality sources of information on the Internet.

I’m sure many of you, like me, remember the many bound volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica as the go-to source in the school library for reliable and well researched information on all sorts of topics. Well, we have just licensed the online version for staff, students and parents to use.

Over 100 editorial staff create, check and curate articles on Britannica. The 21st century version also has three levels of reading for instant differentiation, relevant audio and video clips and useful tools such as Citation, Translation, Text to Speech, ‘On this Day in History’ and Country Comparisons.

You can access the service from the link below (you need to be logged into MySandStorm first)

Below is a brochure that gives a brief tour of the product:
2015 Jan_A4_Britannica School UK brochure_HR

Bring Your Own Device – which one?

It is a fallacy promoted by IT vendors that one device can satisfy every possible educational use. You wouldn’t use a laptop to record a competitor on the sports field, likewise you wouldn’t type an A-level essay on an iPad.

We propose a model showing that for longer duration or higher complexity tasks, you need more powerful and probably less portable equipment.








  • Low duration/complexity : web research, photo or video capture, blogging/tweeting, scanning QR codes, reading ebooks, quizzes, surveys etc.
  • Longer duration/complexity : word processing, programming, movie editing etc.

For Key Stage 3 (years 7-9), we are recommending a tablet device.

For Key Stage 4 (years 10 & 11), we are recommending a tablet device (or a laptop/netbook/Chromebook device for specific needs)

For Sixth Form, we are recommending a laptop or Chromebook device

For Key Stage 3 and 4, a suitable device is a requirement, as per school policy. For sixth form, a device is optional but strongly recommended.

A ‘smartphone’ is not a suitable learning device for this programme. Screen sizes are simply too small to be able to use eBooks, conduct research, write presentations or essays etc. Furthermore, we require access to the Internet to be via our filtered WiFi and require devices with 3G/4G connections to have them switched off for the safety of our students and staff. The ‘no phones in lessons’ rule makes this much easier to monitor.

Minimum Standards for Devices

Key Stage 3/4

  • At least a 7″ screen
  • At least a 5 hour battery life
  • Wireless networking and internet
  • Still and video camera recording facility
  • At least 16Gb of storage
  • iOS v7+ or Android Jelly Bean 4.1+ preferred.

Typical devices that would be suitable would be any Apple iPad higher than version 1 (mini, 2, retina, air etc), popular Android tablets such as Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, Tesco Hudl. Some students have opted for Windows tablets (e.g. Acer Iconia Tab 8), Chromebooks or hybrid tablets with detachable keyboards. These will be fine in general, though be aware that not all Apps on the recommended list are available for these platforms and the laptop format is less portable for students and not well suited for still/video photography.

Key Stage 5

  • At least a 10″ screen and keyboard
  • At least a 3 hour battery life
  • Wireless networking
  • Access to Office style productivity software (school will provide Office 365)

Almost any reasonably modern laptop will suffice, particularly from the main brands of Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, HP, Dell etc.

Students are given unlimited cloud storage space on Google Drive, meaning storage on the device itself is less of an issue.

The Sandringham Apps Toolkit

Please see the attached guide for the latest list of apps that we will be using in school.


The applications in the toolkit are organised by learning activity, with links to the Apple AppStore / Google Play store and for Windows where available.

These applications are those that are useful cross-faculty.It may be that some subjects ask students to download apps specific to their subject – teachers will ask students to download these and also notify parents via Show My Homework.

Apps for students: Apps for students eBook lite v1.4

Please help students in making sure that they have downloaded the apps to their devices.


Examples of eLearning @ Sandringham

eLearning Title

As year 7 and 10 now have their own devices in school, I thought it would be useful to collect together some examples of what learning the students have been undertaking in the last few weeks.

There is also a 1 minute video showcasing the different eLearning examples across a range of subjects:


Year 8 BYOD Scheme Survey


The Bring Your Own Device scheme has been running with year 8 since the start of September and we have learned a great deal about how technology can be integrated into learning.

The most surprising positive development is how Internet research has taken off as part of everyday lessons – students have reported how this has helped deepen and extend their learning. School internet usage statistics have surged as students are able to access learning resources online without having to relocate to an IT room – this has been particularly notable in Science with the 2014 curriculum being delivered via the Kerboodle Activate system.

Learning has been successfully extended beyond the school day with over 95% of students reporting that they have used their tablets for home learning. Many students are able to read our core English novel ‘Holes’ as a free eBook on their devices compared to previous years where there were a limited number of paper copies for use in class only.

From a staff point of view, we are concentrating on getting the basics right with a small selection of key apps and websites before branching out – be patient with us if ‘every app on the device’ hasn’t been used yet.

The students have also asked for the usage rules to be enforced more stringently so we will oblige. Students should only use devices in lessons with the permission of the teacher, or at lunchtime in the library with permission of the librarian.

Please see attached the survey results from over 160 students and staff that participated.

Year 8 BYOD Survey Results

Tablet Security and Safety

It is important to look after the safety of devices on the way to and from school and whilst at school.

We recommend the following:SandringhamTerrificTabletTipsThumbnail

  • Don’t advertise your device unnecessarily – keep it in your bag on the way to and from school
  • Security mark your device (e.g. with a UV pen) and register the serial number on the website This will help the police to return it to you if it is lost or stolen.
  • Enable features on your device to track the location, e.g. Find my iPhone. This can quickly establish the whereabouts of the device and lock/erase it if necessary
  • Further information is available from Hertfordshire police here


Finally, we have a poster with some tips (and rules!) : SandringhamTerrificTabletTips

Sixth form BYOD lease scheme


Sandringham is pleased to offer the opportunity to Bring Your Own Device to the sixth form.byod

Subject to individual teacher discretion and following the Acceptable Use policy, you will have the opportunity use your laptop (or tablet) in lessons to aid with your learning. You may also use your devices in the sixth form common room and study areas.

If you don’t have a suitable device, we offer a scheme that will allow a range of devices to be leased (including cases and full insurance and accidental damage cover) via monthly payments. You will get ownership of the device at the end of the lease period.

The portal is at:

Username: Sandringham01

Password: Welcome01

The portal will be open for two periods

Sign-up open from July 14th to August 10th

First payment August 25th, delivery early Sept

Sign-up open from August 21st to September 10th

First Payment Sept 25th, delivery early Oct

In advance of this, please find below the set of laptop devices that will be available along with a pricing breakdown : Donate to Educate – Pricing – Year 12 and 13