On December 14th 2023, Dr. Fiona Aubrey-Smith’s groundbreaking report was launched at Google UK HQ. Conducted across LEO Academy Trust’s nine primary schools, it delivers revelatory findings on the educational benefits brought about by the free provision of laptops for every pupil and staff member.
Based on outcomes emerging as a result of LEO’s journey, the report delivers notable findings across a breadth of areas, including:
Beyond comprehensive analysis and data-informed narratives, the report also provides forward-looking recommendations for the education sector, policymakers, and the EdTech industry.
And in order to glean best practices and vital learning points, many of these stakeholders, including representatives from the Department for Education (DfE), the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the Chartered College of Teaching, and Hachette UK, as well as influential leaders from regional and local authorities, multi-academy trust leaders, and EdTech innovators, were in attendance for its launch.
The report was supported by a team of 17 researchers and took place over a 12-month period (November 2022 – October 2023).
Its sources include:
Phillip Hedger, CEO of LEO Academy Trust:
“Four years ago, before COVID had even entered our vocabulary, we realised that our ambition to support every pupil to excel could not be achieved without fully embracing digital transformation. This led our Trust to take an unprecedented leap and provide a Chromebook device to every pupil and member of staff across each of the nine schools that make up LEO Academy Trust.
Internally, we knew our results had gone up, teachers were saving time, and the Trust was growing, but it was important to us that our personal judgement was backed up by independent evidence. We participated in this research project to gain unparalleled insight into how our Trust performs at every level, collect data to guide our future decisions, and share positive solutions with the wider education sector nationally as it grapples with serious and concurring challenges.”
Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith, Author of the Report, Founder of PedTech, and Director of One Life Learning:
“The implementation of technology in the classroom is an issue of ever-growing importance. Parliamentary sources record UK schools spending around £900 million a year on EdTech, yet impact evidence has been scant.
This report draws upon a wealth of rigorously compiled evidence and hundreds of hours of professional reflection and discussion. It goes a long way in bridging the gap between ambitions for EdTech and how pedagogically led decision making results in impactful uses of digital technology.”
John Vamvakitis, Managing Director at Google for Education:
“This report is a profound and insightful examination of the impact that effective, well-conceived, and thorough technology implementation can have.
This has clearly not been possible without visionary leadership, strong governance, and operational implementation, but most importantly the absolute commitment to providing the very best education to every child.”
Patrick McGrath, Head of Education at Texthelp:
“This report provides an exceptional exploration of technology’s impact on teaching and learning, raising the bar for depth and rigour in such studies. It shows the transformational realisation of a vision that’s evidenced to be inclusive, effective, and sustainable.”
John Murphy, Co-Founder of the National Institute for Teaching:
“In education we have to be fiercely ambitious for every child we serve. This report is pivotal – it is a celebration of everything that LEO Academy Trust has learnt and achieved to date for the children across their schools, and the findings will ignite a new fire in the education world.
The publication marks a significant milestone in understanding the transformative role of digital technology in education and setting new standards for pedagogical research and practice. The findings have already sparked significant interest across the education sector, with schools and educational support organisations eager to understand and potentially replicate its successful strategies.”
The full report can be accessed here.
Updated on: 2 February 2024