MPs praise schools’ IT initiatives


MPs praise schools’ IT initiatives

Rebecca Thomson

Twelve UK primary schools with "outstanding" technology projects have been recognised by MPs and IT sector skills council E-Skills UK.

The schools, including Victoria Primary School in Pontypool, and Wales and Sproatley Endowed CE VC School in Hull, will receive their prizes at a House of Commons ceremony on 15 October.

The schools took part in the Made IT Happen challenge, aimed at pupils aged nine to 11 who are using technology to help their school or community. More than 170 schools took part, and the final three winners will be announced at the ceremony.

Judges included MPs from the Parliamentary IT Committee and experts from the IT industry.

Andrea Kalavsky, systems magician at drinks company Innocent, said, "I really hope that the joy for technology remains, and develops further, and that these students turn out to be the IT professionals of our future. We have a lot to learn from these young people."

Penpol School in Hayle used IT to help a pupil who was too unwell to attend classes. Students and teachers set up a system of cameras and video links enabling the pupil to join in with activities from home, remotely visit the wildlife area, and watch a school football match.

Another project involved pupils at Bowbridge Primary School in Newark setting up a radio station and uploading a podcast of their broadcasts on to the school's website.

E-Skills chief executive Karen Price said, "The competition has provided an opportunity for students to learn how technology can make a positive contribution to their world, while acquiring valuable skills for the future."

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