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.

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.


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

A word on Insurance

For those that joined the FreedomTech device leasing scheme in 2014 and 2015, the scheme comes with Accidental Damage and Theft insurance with zero excess, for the duration of the lease scheme. It also extends the manufacturer’s warranty for the length of the lease.insuranceimage

The flyers include further details:

Please note that the cover under this scheme will cease once the lease scheme ends and ownership of the device is transferred:  Further questions can be directed to the scheme provider, Freedomtech on 0203 367 1334.

Due to low demand from parents, we have decided not to offer the scheme to new joiners from 2016 forward.

For parents that would like to insure their own self-purchased devices, the following insurers may offer suitable policies. You should also check the cover terms of your household insurance, as this may cover devices temporarily away from the home. Some packaged bank accounts also come with ‘gadget’ insurance included.

Please note that most insurance policies have exclusions (for example, loss or damage due to negligence) and some restrict the age of the devices that they are prepared to cover or require a particular excess.

You can appreciate that this can be complex area and as a school, we are not authorised to give financial advice.

Blended Learning Research


The Educational Endowment Foundation conduct research into the effect of various approaches to teaching and learning.

Their research toolkit is an online tool that gathers together a wide range of evidence for increases in educational attainment. We believe that our BYOD scheme will not only address using technology for learning, but also have benefits for Independent Learning, Homework, Collaboration and Meta-Cognition (being aware of your own learning). This provides much more detail on the methodology, the constituent research and the limitations of the data.

Further research including case studies from UK schools is available from TechKnowledge:

International Research on use of Mobile Technology in Education

This report presents a balanced view of the research into the use of mobile technologies in schools, bringing a global perspective to the literature review.

The conclusions are that there is a growing body of evidence that mobile technologies can have positive outcomes in education, with Haßler et.al20 finding that 16 out of the 23 papers they reviewed reported positive student outcomes.appsicon

The report also examines studies where there has been limited positive impact (e.g. OECD report) and recent research on sources of distraction from mobile phones in classrooms.

We believe that our programme has tackled many of the pitfalls identified in the studies:

  • We have invested significant sums in upgrading our Wifi, Internet connection and providing collaboration tools
  • Mobile phones continue to be banned from class – tablet or laptop devices using our filtered internet reduce potential distractions, with our behaviour management policy having strong sanctions for breaching access rules
  • We continue to invest in teacher training and innovative pedagogy. Our focus this year is Blended Learning and training sessions run after school and during INSET days across the year.


January 2016

Blended Learning – FAQ

faqWhat are the benefits?

Research shows improvements in student engagement, independent learning and collaboration. There are increased opportunities for personalisation of learning and extension of learning beyond the classroom.


What about distractions?

This is a classroom management issue, to be dealt with in a similar way to doodling or staring out the window! We will have an additional consequence to deal with misuse of devices in lessons, and teachers will have the full discretion to require students to put the devices away.

What about eSafety?

All students will be required to use the school filtered internet (3G/4G must be switched off during normal school times). Access to social networking will be blocked for all but sixth-form. All students will need to sign an Acceptable Use Policy that governs appropriate use of the devices and breaches of this will be dealt with using the school Consequences system.

My child already spends enough time on their device! Won’t their written work suffer?

Sandringham is committed to developing student’s literacy, numeracy and writing/speaking skills. It is a fact that most exams are still written, and certain work will be required to be handwritten. Teachers may decide not to use the devices in certain lessons or not at all if no relevant learning opportunity exists to use the technology. However, the devices will allow access to the wealth of online learning resources and result in a powerful, blended learning approach.

What about theft or breakages?

We recommend having a sturdy case for each device. Griffin Survivor or Otterbox Defender has been the most successful in protecting devices in school environments. In UK schools that have already rolled out one-to-one devices, there have been very few incidences of theft. We recommend that devices are covered by insurance (check household policies before buying from a specialist such as Students are recommended to store their devices in lockers, particularly during lunchtimes and PE lessons.

My question hasn’t been answered!

There are some further FAQs on the Tablets for Schools site, an organisation that we are engaged with to learn more about mobile device deployments in other schools :

Please come to our parental consultation evenings (details will be emailed out). You can engage any of our school leadership team, governors or email