PedTech Impact Report

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Executive summary

Have you ever wondered about the impact of using digital technology to support learning?

Schools, suppliers, policy makers and researchers have all grappled with this question for a long time, and despite the wide-ranging discussion, the thorny issue of impact is still one which the sector struggles to articulate.

Until now.

In 2019, we embarked upon a journey of digital transformation, investing significant time, money and human energy into an ambitious new future. Since then, every student and every member of staff has enjoyed free access to their own Chromebook, changing the way teachers teach and children learn. We have become known for our pioneering and pathfinding approach to embedding digital technology, regularly sharing our work with the sector.

Four years on, we commissioned Dr Fiona Aubrey Smith to undertake a year-long, in-depth research project on the use of technology across all schools in LEO Academy Trust. Her report, Changing Learning. Changing Lives. What happens when EdTech becomes PedTech, presents the findings on the role technology has played in raising standards and transforming practice.

This report opens, unpacks and dissects the ingredients which LEO have put in place, drawing upon a combination of 4,500 survey responses, 606 documents, 154 observations, 65 interviews, 24 focus groups and hundreds of hours of professional discussion and reflection. The consequent report presents a comprehensive analysis as a narrative, a series of findings (about successes as well as about how challenges have been overcome), and a set of recommendations for the future - for the benefit of both the LEO community, and for the wider educational landscape. Globally, this is the first fully independent research to probe into every aspect of trust provision to surface the impact of digital technology.

The full report will be published on this page on 14 December. In the meantime, a brief executive summary can be read below.

You will be able to see exactly how robust academic research findings lead to high impact lived experiences for teachers and children today. Something that every learner and every professional deserves.

You are warmly invited (and encouraged!) to be part of this global shift - From #EdTech to #PedTech.


PedTech in Practice: The Impact - Executive Summary


Changing learning. changing lives. what happens when edTech becomes PedTech.

We are delighted to be launching the full report at a special symposium hosted by Google for Education, and supported by TextHelp and LGfL. This event will celebrate and reflect upon the findings of Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith's eagerly awaited research.

Held at Google London on 14 December from 9:30am - 1pm, the event will provide strategic educational leaders with an opportunity to reflect upon the ever changing role of technology in education and to hear more about how LEO Academy Trust has embedded technology across its nine schools, shifting the dialogue away from EdTech towards a more pedagogically driven PedTech approach. 

We will be joined by LGfL, who will share a specially recorded video. This will showcase the work they have done to support the development of PedTech at both LEO Academy Trust and across the EdTech Hubs network.

For more information and to register to attend your interest please follow this link.


PedTech in Practice

We’re delighted to be able to offer schools the opportunity to see our PedTech approach in practice. Our Discovery Days with Google for Education will take place monthly from January to June 2024.

For more information, and to register your interest, please contact

In the meantime, you can find out more on our approach via LGfL and the EdTech Hubs website:

Watch LEO Academy Trust's PedTech Presentation