West London’s College has been crowned the very best Further Education institution in the UK at using technology. We were also the only FE College from London to win an award at the highly esteemed TES Further Education Awards.
In a glitzy gala dinner at Grosvenor House Hotel, the TES FE Award outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment was presented to our own Wendy Peskett by award category sponsor the RAF.
The award is tremendous acknowledgement for Wendy and her Google Innovation team. The team share best practice via the Google Plus Community and encourage staff to swap examples of innovative Google lesson ideas across departments. 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.
The judging panel described the College as the 'standout' candidate in their category. They highlighted the vision and leadership demonstrated by the College, saying 'It was the whole institution, it was a holistic approach, it was led from the top'.