Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, won outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment at the annual TES FE Awards on 24th February.
Under chief executive Garry Phillips, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College has introduced a digital education strategy that has built on Google for Education technology to revitalise students’ attitude to work, both inside and outside the classroom.
ICT students can now explore a data centre via a 360° tour, rather than a textbook, and tourism and leisure students can plot a guided tour route online to experience attractions before actually visiting them. Staff training and communication are key to the success of the project, and a dedicated team of 25 people have been trained as “Google Innovators” to help other teachers to develop their use of technology.
As a result, there has been a 17.3 per cent increase in English and maths achievement, along with a 12 per cent rise in achievement across all subjects since 2014, as students embrace a more self-directed approach to learning. There has also been a 10 per cent improvement in English and maths exam attendance because the technology assists with administration and remotely assessing students who cannot come into college for health or childcare reasons.
According to the judging panel, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College was the “standout” candidate in this category. The judges highlighted the vision and leadership demonstrated. “It was the whole institution, it was a holistic approach, it was led from the top,” they said.
Their victory was witnessed by over 600 people, gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements, at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 24 February.
Other awards at the glittering, black-tie event, hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, included prizes for the FE leader of the year, college of the year and training provider of the year.
Now in their sixth year, the TES FE Awards bring together the most exciting and inspiring individuals and institutions in the sector. Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for the 16 categories, which showcase achievement in the local community, employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and apprenticeship.
For more coverage of the awards, the full list of winners and photos from the evening, please visit www.tesfeawards.co.uk or pick up a copy of TES, available in newsagents from 3 March.