Google for Education


29/4/20 – Arrangements during current school closure:

Starting with years 5 & 6 (who already have experience of using Google Edu in school), we will be introducing Google Classroom, alongside the home-learning packs, over the next few weeks.  For those that are new to Google G-Suite for Education, please read the overview below.


G Suite

Google for Education uses the Google G-Suite of products. Some of these have direct Microsoft equivalents. For example: Google Docs = Microsoft Word, Google Sheets = Microsoft Excel, Google Slides = Microsoft Powerpoint. They work in similar ways, and they are a compatible with each other.

UPDATE: 29/4/20 – Gmail is currently disabled for staff & pupils. G-Mail is part of the G-Suite. Students will have access to an email account as we believe that, especially in this time of school closure, communication is key. They may also use this email account to sign up to educational websites, with permission from a teacher or parent/carer. We will constantly review how this is working.

The Waffle: We’re not sure what this little icon is actually called, but we’re going with waffle! You’ll find it in the top right corner of your screen when you open a new tab and it will take you to your apps. TIP: Sometimes, ‘Classroom’ doesn’t appear in your list of apps. If this happens, go to Drive, and then click on the waffle; it should be there now.

Google Classroom: Classroom will be an integral part of the children’s online learning experience. This will be where their teacher can set and give feedback on the children’s learning. When entering Classroom for the first time, look for the + button in the top right corner of the screen to ‘join a class’.

Click on the icons below to see some short tutorials for, what we think, are really important Google apps:

Drive Docs Sheets Forms Slides

If it transpires that any pupils do not have the emotional maturity to use any of these apps, we can withdraw the use from all pupils, or individuals, so that support can be put in place. Please help us with this; if you are aware of any inappropriate use, please let us know as soon as possible.

Logging in

Firstly, if you already use a Google/Gmail account at home, you will need to log out of it.

If you are not using a Chromebook, we recommend downloading Google Chrome onto your laptop. Download Google Chrome here. Google Chrome is a web browser. The Microsoft equivalent is Internet Explorer.

Windows based Laptops: If you are using a laptop that is not a Chromebook, You can access the Google log-in page .

Chromebooks: We recommend using the ‘add a person’ option when at the log-in screen.

Usernames & Passwords

Years 5 & 6: Y5/6 username formats are different to the rest of the school – the majority will remember them as they have been using them for some time, but please do email the office if you’ve forgotten yours. Username formats for the rest of the school will appear here, when appropriate.