UK leads the way on using technology in schools

The UK has more Microsoft Showcase Schools than any other country in Europe.

The programme works with headteachers to lead their schools through digital transformation through a community of peer support and Microsoft experts.

The UK now has 48 Showcase Schools in areas including London, Port Talbot, Paisley, Exeter and Glasgow.

In total there are 325 education institutions from 58 countries around the world enrolled in the Microsoft Showcase Schools programme.

One of those is Queen Anne High School, in Dunfermline, Fife, which teaches boys and girls aged 11 to 18.

All classes were set up on Teams, with teachers able to share weekly learning material and homework. There is an emphasis on the use of digital technology in classrooms with a “bring your own device” policy in place for all students.

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A OneNote class notebook has been rolled out, providing students with a “digital jotter” that teachers can monitor and contribute to the. Students are also using mobile phones to upload photos of their written work into the digital jotter for teachers to mark and provide feedback.

A total of 40 teachers have achieved certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) status – which shows their skills in using technology in a learning environment – and five teachers have been accepted onto the MIE Expert programme this year to help other staff across the school.

Another Showcase School that’s embracing the use of technology in the classroom is Downe House, a boarding school in Thatcham, Berkshire, that’s open to girls aged 11 to 18. Over the past four years the school has rolled out a new digital strategy based on M365, which has led to pupils and teachers using Microsoft Teams, Stream, OneNote and Flipgrid. This made it easier to transition to remote working during lockdown, and the school continued co-curricular activities by offering book clubs, yoga and quizzes via the internet.

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Most girls have since returned to the school but due to ongoing restrictions and individual circumstances, there are some who continue to be taught online. Every classroom has been equipped with cameras to livestream lessons to those studying from home. Online pupils have a digital buddy to support them in lessons, and a pastoral buddy to ensure they are included in every aspect of school life.

“Thank you Microsoft Showcase School leaders and educators for all the work you do to drive education transformation, one school at a time.”

The UK Showcase Schools are:

BerkeleySGS Berkeley Green UTC
BerkshireWellington College
BootleHugh Baird College
BridgwaterChilton Trinity School
Brynnau Rhondda Cynon TaffBrynnau Primary
CardiffCardiff and Vale College
ChippenhamHardenhuish School
ClitheroeRibblesdale High School
Cold AshDowne House School
DenbighMyddelton College
DerbyDerby College
DerbyRepton School
ExeterCornerstone Academy Trust
ExeterExeter College
FalkirkSt Mungo’s RC High School
FerndaleDarran Park Primary School
FifeQueen Anne High School,
FiltonSGS College
GlasgowGlasgow Kelvin College
GrimsbyThe Grimsby Institute
HuddersfieldKirklees College
LincolnshireSkegness Infant Academy
LondonCity of Westminster College
LondonDulwich College
LondonEltham College
LondonLa Sainte Union Catholic School
LondonWimbledon High School
ManchesterTrafford College Group
MarlowDanesfield School
Milton KeynesDenbigh School
Milton KeynesMilton Keynes College
NorthamptonSimon de Senlis Primary School
PaisleyWest College Scotland
PeterboroughBishop Creighton Academy
PeterboroughNewark Hill Academy
Port TablotYsgol Bae Baglan
ReadingQueen Anne’s School
ReadingUTC Reading
RedditchHeart of Worcestershire College
RiscaRisca Community Comprehensive School
SettleGiggleswick School
SkegnessSkegness Junior Academy
SmethwickShireland Collegiate Academy
TreorchyTreorchy Comprehensive School
TwickenhamRichmond Upon Thames College
Upper LargoKirkton of Largo Primary School
Weston-Super-MareWeston College
WoodbridgeFramlingham College

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