The Bett Awards are widely regarded as the most esteemed accolade in the industry, celebrating innovation and inspiration in use of technology for education. The Digital Schoolhouse has been nominated for its innovative delivery of free playbased learning workshops, created in collaboration with the games industry, which teach computing skills using creative offline methods. Pupils are engaged with an understanding of the wider benefits of computing and programming through dance, playdough, magic and robots.
The programme also trains, empowers, and supports teachers in their delivery of the new Computing curriculum, which was brought into effect in 2014, replacing an outdated ICT education with the updated skills that pupils need to succeed in a 21st century digital creative economy.
The programme was launched nationally this year with support from our Lead Partner, PlayStation, following a hugely successful pilot year across London. Digital Schoolhouses are now running creative computing workshops in 19 schools across the country and will reach an estimated 15,000 pupils in its first academic year as a national programme.
The winner will be announced at the Bett 2017 Awards on Wednesday 25 January at Tobacco Dock. You can see the full list of finalists here.
To find out more about the Digital Schoolhouse or to talk about opportunities to sponsor your local Digital Schoolhouse, email programme director Shahneila Saeed.