Press Release - 3rd Millennium Learning Award from Naace - Time for parents to expect more of schools 19th June 2012

Another 36 schools have demonstrated how they provide their pupils with an education fit for this century - by gaining the 3rd Millennium Learning Award.

The short videos they have made to explain this to parents and their communities should be compulsory watching for all school governing bodies and parent-teacher associations, and of course parents who care about their children's education. If these very varied schools can achieve the Award, the question needs to be asked of others; how should significantly better education be achieved?
Young people are immersed in a technology-rich and multimedia world, where they can communicate and collaborate across their communities and even globally. In these videos we see children engaging with their leaning with hugely more energy, with teachers providing them with opportunities to lead their own learning and help others learn, and extending learning way beyond the walls of the classroom. We see engagement of parents and much wider audiences celebrating pupils' achievements. We see much higher creativity and pupils successfully taking on real-world challenges.
These 3rd Millennium Award schools are leading the way but others need to follow quickly.
The Awards announced today will be presented to the schools at a major event on 3rd July, supported by Intel and other Naace partners. Representatives of organisations with responsibility to make UK education a global leader have been invited to be there to celebrate the achievement of these schools.
The 3rd Millennium Learning Award has been piloted through this school year. From September the Award will be opened to any school that wishes to demonstrate their understanding of 3rd millennium learning, and the considerably greater achievements by pupils that it stimulates. The 5 minute videos made for parents will be available for anyone to view. Schools that wish to develop how they offer 3rd millennium learning can also see the 10 minute commentaries created by the Award-winning schools, giving more explanation of how and why they are changing learning, and how this impacts on pupils' achievements.
Miles Berry, Chair of the Naace Board of Management said "The UK has led the world in understanding how learning needs to change as technology becomes pervasive but too many schools have been slow to do this. Technology will not wait, with many secondary pupils now having their own Internet-connected device and primary pupils running their own TV and radio channels. Our young people deserve the best preparation for life".
Tim Hatch, Intel, said " Intel are very pleased to be able to host Naace at our Swindon HQ; the 3rd Millennium Learning Award is a just recognition for the hard work and planning that schools are putting into their ICT deployments and our congratulations go out to the winners. There is a still a lot to do in the transition to personal devices across the curriculum and we are excited to be helping Naace in their work with schools."

Full details can be found at

Schools that are due to receive their Awards on Tuesday 3 July 2012

Primary Schools

  • Atwood Primary School, Sanderstead, South Croydon
  • Blackfield Primary School, Blackfield, Southampton
  • Christ The Redeemer Primary School, Dunmurry, Belfast,
  • Cleeve Primary School, Bransholme, Hull
  • Clifton With Rawcliffe Primary School, York
  • Dean Field Community Primary School, Halifax
  • Hawes Side Primary School, Blackpool
  • Herringthorpe Junior School, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
  • Holme Valley Primary School, Bottesford, North Lincolnshire
  • Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Hornbill School (SCE BRUNEI), Brunei
  • Park Road Primary School, Sale, Manchester
  • Robin Hood Primary School, Wakefield
  • Somersham Primary School, Somersham, Huntingdon
  • St Margaret's Preparatory School, Calne, Wiltshire
  • Tranmere Park Primary School, Guiseley, Leeds
  • Whitchurch First School & Nursery, Stanmore
  • Whitehill Community Academy, Illingworth, Halifax

3-18 and Secondary schools

  • Bradon Forest School, Purton, Nr Swindon
  • Byrchall High School, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan
  • Heathfield School (GDST), Pinner, Middlesex
  • Holte Visual & Performing Arts College, Lozells, Birmingham
  • Howell's School, Llandaff, Cardiff
  • Pool Academy, Pool, Cornwall
  • St Pius X College, Magherafelt, Co Derry
  • Tupton Hall School, Old Tupton, Chesterfield
  • Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Taf, Whitland

Special Schools

  • Belmont School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Chasetown Community School, Burntwood
  • Highfurlong School, Blackpool
  • Loyne Specialist School, Lancaster 
  • Richmond Hill School, Luton 
  • Slated Row School, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes
  • St Hugh's Communication and Interaction Specialist College, Scunthorpe,  North Lincolnshire
  • Ty Gwyn Special School, Cardiff
  • Woodfield School, Hemel Hempstead, Herts

Notes for Editors

1. Expressions of interest from schools who would like to be part of the second stage pilot can be made at

2. The Self-review Framework is an online tool launched in April 2006 to assist schools in identifying, improving and benchmarking the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in learning, teaching and management of schools. Schools evaluate their progress against a 5-level scale for aspects of development grouped under six major elements  Since its introduction, over 17400  schools have used it to review and plan their use of technology.

3. The ICT Mark is an integral part of the Self-review Framework. It is recognition of a school's achievements in reaching a standard of maturity in their use of technology. This optional accreditation is evidence that the school has undergone an extensive and thorough review of its use of ICT. Award of the ICT Mark is made when the school has satisfied a visiting Assessor that their plans and provision have met or exceeded the national standard. Visits normally last half a day and may include review of curriculum plans, examination of systems and interviews with staff and pupils. In June 2012, over 2270 schools had been awarded the ICT Mark since the start of the scheme.

4. Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT). Naace administers the ICT Mark and provides Help Desk Support for the Self-review Framework. It created the Naacemark for Schools scheme, which was a predecessor of the ICT Mark.

5. Intel ( is a Naace Sponsoring Partner – see details at

PO Box 6511 
Nottingham, NG11 8TN
Tel 0115 945 7235

Press Release - 3rd Millennium Learning Award from Naace - Time for parents to expect more of schools 19th June 2012
Another 36 schools have demonstrated how they provide their pupils with an education fit for this century - by gaining the 3rd Millennium Learning Award.