"Incredibly proud", "Pleased as punch" and "So excited" were just some of the responses from the winners, runners-ups and highly commended schools in Becta’s ICT Excellence Awards 2009.
Schools understand the importance of rewarding learners' achievements but are often reluctant to acknowledge their own. But one of 2009's successful teachers featured on the Becta website hit the nail on the head: “To show the children we are one of the best schools in the country will be amazing for them to see, and give them a bucketload of self esteem.” So don't be shy. Share your story, or that of a school you admire, and do it by March 24 to enter Becta's ICT Excellence Awards 2010.
For five years now schools, local authorities and ICT companies have been able to use the Awards to show how the technology they use or provide is engaging learners, transforming teaching and communication between parents and staff. As usual the six categories are associated with Becta’s self-review framework and the ICT Mark.
They include four for early years, primary and secondary schools - Best whole school, Beyond the school, Leadership, management and collaboration and Learning experience. One of two Support for schools categories is open to organisations that provide schools with education services including local authorities and ICT suppliers. With a number of sub divisions in each category, about 17 prizes are up for grabs.
During the first week of February some of the 2009 winning schools will welcome colleagues from other schools who want to see how they impressed the judges. Spaces are limited on these open days and full time table information, films and case studies are available from the Awards website .
View the videos on Becta's own Next Gen TV channel