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ICT Excellence Awards 2010

ICT Excellence Awards 2010

The ICT Excellence Awards is an awards scheme for schools, local authorities and other organisations supporting schools which aim to identify and reward whole school excellence in ICT and reward those organisations who support school improvement with ICT. The winning schools and organisations were announced on Thursday, 14 October 2010.

ICT Excellence Awards 2010: Best whole school UK primary

In the best whole school category, schools must demonstrate that their strategy and vision for ICT stretches across the whole school and beyond and is having clear impact on the outcomes for pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.

This award recognises schools that are at the very forefront of transformational use of ICT, who are keen to share this practice and continue to find new ways of working.

Joint Winner: Barry Island Primary School, Barry (Vale of Glamorgan)

ICT at Barry Island Primary School is everywhere!  The forward thinking and creative vision has resulted in a vibrant and exciting learning culture where all the children are highly proficient users of technology. The vision successfully extends outwards to cover the needs of parents, families and lifelong learners in the wider community.

Children are always at the heart of the natural use of ICT in the school. New technologies are encouraged and the school is proactive in testing and trialling to allow the children to experiment and find out how resources such a i-pads and i-touches can support their learning. The 21st century curriculum embraces technology as a routine part of learning content, process and presentation.

Barry Island sets high expectations, as demonstrated by encouraging some children to begin GCSE equivalent qualifications in Year 6 and then providing ongoing support even after changing school. It also creates opportunities for all children to achieve their best from an early age.

Young children actively create their own web space, take photographs, make videos and upload their work to share with friends and family at home. They are always encouraged to make informed and independent choices about where and when to use ICT.

Find out more about this school at the Barry Island Primary School website.

ICT Excellence Awards 2010: Best Whole School - Wales

Winner: Barry Island Primary School, Barry

Highly Commended: Gowerton School, Swansea (Swansea)

Highly commended for excellent use of Open Source software.

Find out more about this school at the Gowerton School website.

ICT Excellence Awards 2010: Leadership, management and collaboration Primary

This category seeks to recognise those schools whose leadership and vision for ICT encourages innovation whilst ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and best value. It is key to the award that constant review and evaluation of impact and outcomes on staff and pupils alike can be demonstrated.  

It is also a requirement of the category that schools are involved in collaborations locally and/or nationally, ensuring that their good practice with ICT is shared with other schools and authorities.

Highly Commended: Ysgol Feithrin Rhydaman, Ammanford (Carmarthenshire)

Find out more about this school at the Ammanford Nursery School website.

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Guidance will identify best practice and innovation in the configuration and use of learning environments.