Being a Google Reference College

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RNN Group became a Google reference College – one of only a few in the country in 2021 – in response to its innovative use of Google during the Covid 19 pandemic to support student learning and staff teaching.

Digital innovation is at the heart of everything that we do and we have an ambitious vision for outstanding teaching and learning that provides a real world advantage and following extensive research it was clear that Google G Suite Enterprise for Education was aligned to our ambitions. It’s important that the learning experience enables work readiness, and that means providing digital skills as a core element of this vision for today’s workforce.

Being a Google Reference Site is key to our vision for outstanding teaching and learning. Google has not only ensured all our learners were able to access learning throughout the lockdown but transformed our teaching and learning through the use of Google Classroom. Not only that, through the use of Google Workspace for education, we have significantly reduced printing supporting our journey to becoming more sustainable by reducing paper usage and energy. Furthermore, its use has led to the group implanting a hybrid working policy which again will support us in reaching our ambitious sustainability targets by reducing travel which positively impacts our CO2 footprint alongside the use of Chrome flex which has been used to give new life to older devices, allowing us to create a culture of re-use and recycle instead of waste and replace.

Google is carbon neutral in its operations which makes it one of the most sustainable platforms to do business on and ties in well with the Groups sustainability plans for the future in terms of working towards the UN sustainable development goals.

Since lockdown the Group has continued to use Google and Google classroom to support staff and learners with teaching and learning which has earnt us a renewal of our Google Reference College status earlier this year when we had been told we continued to meet the criteria set for this accolade.

Staff also connect via the RNN Google Connect platform to ask questions and on special theme days engage with each other in light-hearted quizzes – our most recent one being on World Book Day!

Google continues in strength for the Group and in our second year of being a Google Reference College, we continue to develop our teaching and learning on this platform as we grow areas of our provision such as our distance learning programme and digital learning options.

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For more information on our distance learning programmes, visit our Distance Learning web page.

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