Technology for Learning
Technology for Learning is embedded across all areas of the school and carefully considered purchases of hardware and software support its effective use by both students and staff. The ability for students to personalise their own learning with “anytime anywhere” access is actively encouraged.
This year the school introduced the use of Chromebooks across Key Stage 3 following a highly successful pilot during the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result of the implementation of a Technology for Learning Strategy, the school has achieved both national and international recognition, with achievement in the past five years including students being asked to present at the BETT Show, London on ‘App creation across the curriculum’, at the Academies Show, London on ‘Young people as innovators and entrepreneurs’, at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) National Conference on ‘Technology for young people, by young people’, at WE Day UK (at Wembley Arena, London) and on BBC World News. Students have also won the BAME Microsoft Schools Award and the ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Accessibility Category’ awards at the Apps for Good National Awards.
Denbigh’s Director of Technology for Learning was shortlisted for a Naace Impact Award, and students were shortlisted for a Tech 4 Good Young Pioneer National Award and a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award (Make It Digital). Five students were also placed on The Guardian Teen Power List (of twenty-five teenagers who are changing the world), and the school achieved the Naace Third Millennium Learning Award.
In 2018 and 2019 the school hosted an international Technology for Learning visit from French education dignitaries, policy-makers and leaders, including senior representatives from the Ministère de l’Education Nationale in Paris.
Over the past year, the school was awarded the prestigious Online Safety Mark which is only given to schools who can demonstrate that they have “moved from a basic level provision for online safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.” The school is the only secondary in Herts, Beds and Bucks to have received the award.
The Chartered College of Teaching recognised the school as working at the cutting edge of pedagogy by choosing to include a paper by the Director of Technology for Learning in its special EdTech online edition of “Impact” magazine and by filming a range of staff speaking about their practice and showcasing lessons for the CCoT’s online Technology for Learning course.
In 2019 Denbigh was selected as an EdTech 50 school - one of the top 50 schools in the UK for effective use of technology to support and enhance learning.
Finally, UNESCO selected the school as one of just a handful of case studies illustrating worldwide best practice in the use of mobile devices to support attainment for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Denbigh case study and the practice that is shared more widely across the Chiltern Learning Trust is hosted on the UNESCO website and has been showcased in a UNESCO publication which was disseminated to governments across the world.
- Click here to read more about Denbigh's prestigious invitation to present as part of United Nations Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO in Paris
- Click here to read the Denbigh UNESCO case study
- Click here to see how the work at Denbigh High School has supported the development of the Chiltern Learning Trust's Technology for Learning strategy
- Click here to see the EdTech50 Schools brochure