ICT Innovation Award
Awarded to the educational establishment in the UK that can demonstrate innovation in its approach to teaching and deploying Information and Communication technologies that further the learning experience of its students.
Open Academy Norwich
Open Academy’s ‘Project Refurb Club’ involves students refurbishing old PCs to distribute throughout the local community, a cause close to the hearts of both students and staff. The idea was devised by students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and championed by students in Years 10 and 11, who study Creative Media and Computer Science. This was achieved by integrating the project units. ‘Project Refurb’ is currently managed by ‘Digital Ambassadors’ in Years 7 to 13, whose roles are diverse and include mentors who teach at ‘Codeclub’ an after-school club to learn how to programme.
Ashmead Primary School, Buckinghamshire
Plashet School, Newham, London
Southlands School, Hampshire
Deighton Primary School
Deighton Primary School treats ICT as a core subject. 2017’s ‘Overdrive’ project with Cardiff Met’ University involves pupils working with students from the education and animation departments in developing a computer game based around driving. Next is a plan to build a working car with an electric motor. The project work this year has seen real-life working situations become part of the children’s school experience.
Moredon Primary School, Swindon
The Queen’s School, Chester
Heathfield Knoll School, Kidderminster
Studio Schools, Merseyside
The Studio focuses on developing students’ skills and the knowledge that students require to pursue a career in the digital sector, hosting a monthly series of Coder Dojo events working with primary aged children from across the North West. An industry mentor link shares real world experience and gauges students on a level that the curriculum doesn’t, and a monthly masterclass provides career possibilities.
Bolsover Church of England Junior School, Derbyshire
Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire
Westmorland Primary School, Lancashire
Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Devon
Teesdale School, County Durham
Teesdale is a lead school in the Computing School’s Network. As the curriculum changed from ICT to Computing, Teesdale took the opportunity to share expertise with local students at the primary level, hosting computing days to help year 5 and 6 pupils with sequences of instructions and Scratch software.
Sandymoor School, Cheshire
Loughborough High School, Leicestershire
Boundary Oak School, Hampshire
Wick High School, Caithness, Scotland