Press Release - Third Millennium Learning Award BETT 2012

Author: Michelle Cank
Third Millennium Learning Award BETT 2012

Naace is delighted to announce details of the Third Millennium Learning Awards that will take place at BETT 2012 on Thursday 12 January at the Intel Symposium, Pizza Express Area, 8am – 10.30am

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The all new Third Millennium Learning Award has now emerged from its first stage pilot and sixteen schools, who are pushing the boundaries of learning, today step forward to receive their Awards.

Schools receiving the Award have already proved to the world that they have a solid understanding of how to harness technology for learning - they all have the ICT Mark.

The new Award is, however, significantly different. There is a firm focus on learning; technology is there, but now it is assumed and ubiquitous; learning is now developing in new and exciting ways and the Third Millennium Learning Award aims to showcase them to the school community.

Schools who undertake the Award will have some interesting things going on when it comes to learning. For a start, schools are likely to be taking a more independent stand, more focused on the needs of their community; their pupils are likely to be more self-directed, their learning more personalised. Schools will have closer relationships with their communities and their pupils will be pushing the boundaries in the depth and scope of their learning.

Schools engaged in the Award are capturing and sharing their good practice through the creation of a short public video aimed at parents and the school community. The video will be a core part of the Award and it will be supported by additional commentary that explains to educators how and why they have developed their practice in the way they have. This Award will not be the preserve of school managers or consultants but will reach deeply into a school, the teachers, the pupils, the parents - everyone with a stake in a vibrant learning community.

The pilot schools receiving their Award today have satisfied the criteria for the Award and form the pioneering group for the new Award.  The Award has attracted wide interest in the education community and a second stage pilot is getting into gear with up to 50 schools likely to take part from February to June 2012. The scheme will open its doors to all qualifying schools from September 2012.

Naace is grateful to Intel for sponsoring the awards event and for providing encouragement and support as a commercial partner to Naace over the last year.

Bernadette Brooks, Naace General Manager commented: ‘Naace applauds all those involved in the 3rd Millennium Learning Award Pilot Scheme. They have demonstrated that UK ICT in Education has so much to be proud of. We have some amazing professionals working in our schools who are passionate about embedding technology to enhance the learning that can take place for all children. These schools are world class. We look forward to sharing the success stories of these schools with the community. This is another example of how we hope to advance education through the appropriate use of technology.’


Full details can be found at

Schools receiving their Awards on Thursday 12th January 2012


Anson Primary School, Brent

Castledyke Primary School, North Lincolnshire

Casllwchwr Primary School, Swansea

Ecton Brook Primary School, Northamptonshire

Gearies Infant School, Redbridge

Holy Island and Lowick First School, Northumberland

New Invention Infant School, Walsall

Ryton Park Primary School, Nottinghamshire

St Loys Primary School, Northamptonshire

The Hall School, Leicestershire

Westfields Junior School, Hampshire


Gowerton Comprehensive School, Swansea

Monkseaton High School, North Tyneside

RSA Academy, Sandwell

The Minster School, Nottinghamshire


Parkside Pupil Referral Unit, Suffolk

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 18400  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 November 2011, over 2100 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.

Contact at BETT:
Bernadette Brooks: 07753 911436, or enquire on the Naace stand (J42)


PO Box 6511 

Nottingham,  NG11 8TN


Tel 0115 945 7235

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