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Press Release: The winning schools in the Naace Impact Awards demonstrate how pupils can fully engage with their learning in technology rich environments.

Author: Aga Kelly
The first winners of the Naace ICT Impact Awards were announced at the Naace Strategic Conference Gala Dinner on Weds 16 March at Wokefield Park, Reading.

Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, former Minister for Schools, presented the awards to successful candidates in a glittering ceremony.

The first winners of the Naace ICT Impact Awards were announced at the Naace Strategic Conference Gala Dinner on Weds 16 March at Wokefield Park, Reading.

Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, former Minister for Schools, presented the awards to successful candidates in a glittering ceremony.


The Naace Board of Management wishes to extend their congratulations to all of the winners and commend all those shortlisted for their excellent contributions.

Roger Broadie, Member of the Naace Board of Management, commented: ‘The teachers in these winning schools, and in the many other schools shortlisted for the awards, get their pupils to engage and take ownership of their work, work harder and with more energy, and help each other to learn. They use ICT as the catalyst of engagement, as tools to make possible what could not be done before, and to make the diverse activities of the pupils so much more effective. The message for schools that have not yet realised the vital importance of ICT in learning and teaching is stark; your pupils will emerge into adult life ill-equipped to succeed in our technology-rich and globally connected world, far behind those from more enlightened schools.’

Naace recognises that the positive impact of technology can be seen at all levels of education, which has been so ably demonstrated by the winners and nominees:

The winner of the early years and foundation stage category, Lynn Scott, Assistant Headteacher, Childwall Valley Primary School, Liverpool, shows how
ICT has been developed across all curriculum areas to impact on pupil outcomes and attainment, to motivate children and, in particular, to develop language and literacy. Foundation stage children create and develop their own movies, podcasts, animations and compose music using Garageband.


The winner of the Primary Award, David Mitchell, Deputy Headteacher, better known as @deputymitchell on Twitter, of Heathfield Primary School, Bolton illustrates how the use of blogging in Primary Teaching has proved successful in raising attainment in literacy and overall engagement of learners in their education.

The winner of the Secondary Award, Will Cragg, Head of Music, Teddington School, Middlesex demonstrates how to make difficult things look easy with young people using industry strength solutions to make music to be proud of, whilst inspiring their learning and impacting on their study outcomes.


The winner of the Post Compulsory Award, the AQA Baccalaureate Team demonstrate how the use of an interactive enrichment diary has inspired students at Rawlings Community College in Quorn to extend their learning beyond traditional classroom boundaries.


The winner of the Supporting Inclusion in any phase Award, Caroline Bradbury, Class teacher, Selworthy Special School, Taunton looks at the impact of experimental work using technology to develop shadows and silhouettes within performing arts sessions,  to build students confidence in expression and understanding of their emotions.

See videos of all of the above winners at www.naace.co.uk/conference2011/Impactawardwinners.


A special award was made by the judges to Cambridgeshire Local Authority Advisory Team, led by Sally Elding. Sally and her team organise an annual Cambridgeshire Children and Young People's Film Festival. This culminates in an ‘Oscars’ style event in July usually attended by over 1000 children from primary and special schools. Throughout the year Sally and her team organise a range of related events and training sessions to offer children and staff the opportunity to develop their creativity. A notable example was a workshop run by animators from Aardman Studios. Further information and entries to the film festival can be seen at www.filmstarz.org.uk.

Details of other shortlisted nominations can be found at: http://www.naace.co.uk/conference2011/naaceimpactawards2011/shortlist

In all there were 64 nominations this year, the first year of the awards, and already schools and other related organisations are asking for details of how to enter for 2012.

Naace is grateful to the Naace Sponsoring Partners, particularly Crick Software, Lightbox, Phoenix Software and Software for Students for their support in marketing this endeavour and for the prizes that they provided to the winners. Each winner received an engraved award and certificate and all will shortly receive photographs from the ceremony.

Rachel Ager, Chair of the Naace Board of Management commented that ‘The schools and teachers who are members of Naace are leading the transition from industry-age schooling to 21st century empowered education; a transition that parents should be demanding of their children’s schools. We look forward to working with all Naace member schools to showcase the technology enhanced learning taking place therein throughout 2011 and beyond. There is much to be proud of in Naace schools.’

Notes for Editors

Naace, a membership organisation and charity, supports schools and individuals in advancing education through ICT.

Naace manages the accreditation of schools through the ICT Mark and the Self-review Framework, which originated as the NaaceMark.

Naace supports teachers, local authority staff and independent consultants in professional development through ictcpd4Free and many other activities, and provides individuals with work-based accreditation through the Certified Naace Professional scheme.

Naace works in partnership with subject associations, Headteachers' organisations, government organisations, the commercial sector supporting the use of ICT in schools and many other groups.

Membership of Naace is open to anyone concerned with advancing education through ICT. To join click www.naace.co.uk/join

Contact: Bernadette Brooks
Naace General Manager
07753 911436

Press Release: The winning schools in the Naace Impact Awards demonstrate how pupils can fully engage with their learning in technology rich environments.
The first winners of the Naace ICT Impact Awards were announced at the Naace Strategic Conference Gala Dinner on Weds 16 March at Wokefield Park, Reading.

Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, former Minister for Schools, presented the awards to successful candidates in a glittering ceremony.