In 2020, Ark Schools launched a ‘Digital Strategy’ in response to what the COVID crisis highlighted about the importance of technology in education. The most significant ambition we set ourselves as part of this is to ensure that all students have access to appropriate technology at home, by providing students with their very own Chromebook to support their learning during their time at Ark Putney Academy. This one-to-one device project intends to give students more time for learning outside of the classroom, including:
•    Completing usual homework on the device
•    Working through online learning materials that the school has shared
•    Researching topics for school projects
•    Pre-reading articles or watching videos in advance of a new topic at school
•    Completing short tests to check learning from lessons during the day or week
•    Communicating with teachers and accessing lessons in the case of absence from school
•    Studying and revising independently for tests and GCSE exams
•    Catch up using online learning platforms when they have fallen behind in lessons

As part of this Digital Strategy and one-to-one device project, students all have access to the full suite of ‘Office 365’ applications from wherever they are in the world and from whatever device they are using. Through widespread use of this package, we hope to improve the quality of home learning opportunities that our students receive, develop student digital literacy as an important lifelong skill, and promote student independence when learning outside of the classroom.
In addition, to help our students make the most of digital learning, Ark Schools has put together a range of resources on their website ‘Ark SPArk – a place where students can find work relevant to their year group and each subject, as well as access to new tools that might help them to catch up. This includes signposting to third party apps, the Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize, etc, so that pupils have quick access to useful learning apps. Other software that we highly recommend as a resource for additional independent learning includes: Hegarty Maths, GCSE Pod and Seneca.

Finally, our one-to-one device project will enable students to join and participate in lessons while at home.


Click below to view some useful guides on how to do this:

  1. Parent and student guide to joining a Teams lesson
  2. Video demonstration of student joining a Teams lesson on a laptop
  3. Video demonstration of student joining a Teams lesson on a mobile phone
  4. Completing a Teams assignment in an online document
  5. Uploading a picture of work to a Teams assignment
  6. Putting myself on 'DO NOT DISTURB' so I don't get notifications during my lesson (see image below)

If you have been issued with a Chromebook for your child’s use during their time at APA, please find all formal documentation for your reference here:

  1. One-to-one device Home School Agreement
  2. One-to-one device Student’s Acceptable Use of ICT Policy
  3. One-to-one device Safeguarding FAQs
  4. Chromebook Device Guide