BETT Award Winner 2013 - ICT Service and Support

BETT Awards Winner 2013

The prestigious awards, which attract many hundreds of entries from suppliers across the industry, concluded on 30th January with nearly 600 people from the education sector attending the awards dinner at the brand new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, Tower Bridge, London.

The work of Wolverhampton's Learning Technologies Team was recognised with victory in the 'ICT Service and Support' category.

The Learning Technologies Team, and other Wolverhampton City Council representatives, at the Awards Ceremony,

The Learning Technologies Team, and other Wolverhampton City Council representatives, at the Awards Ceremony,

Press release below:

Wolverhampton City Council’s ICT support service for schools is celebrating after scooping a prestigious award for the use of innovative computer technology in the classroom.

Wolverhampton Learning Technologies Team (LTT) was this week named best ICT Service and Support at the BETT Awards 2013.

The award recognises companies or education organisations that provide ICT services that benefit and develop learning.

Judges praised Wolverhampton’s “internationally recognised service” for its collaboration with partners to help deliver. Judges were very impressed by the Council’s entry which was backed up by secure testimonials and excellent examples of collaboration with partners.

They further commented that it was a strong entry which demonstrated both service and support for developing and extending ICT across educational settings locally, nationally and internationally. Schools now use a range of the latest technologies such as an online learning platform, interactive whiteboards, document cameras and touch screen tablet PC’s and now iPads.

The team’s partnership working with software developer SMART technologies in particular has put Wolverhampton’s use of ICT in schools on the map.

Members of the Learning Technologies Team have been invited to Canada, Germany and across the UK to share the good practice being carried out in city schools.

In June last year, the city was chosen as the venue for the unveiling of SMART’s Notebook application for the Apple iPad tablet because of Wolverhampton’s expertise in e-learning.

Last month, Education ministers and professionals from Russia visited Wolverhampton to see for themselves how the technology is being used.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: “We are thrilled to have won such an important award.

“Our Learning Technologies Team really is leading the way when it comes to using ICT in schools and this award is deserved recognition for all their hard work.

“We will continue to support schools and use the very best technology available to ensure children and young people from Wolverhampton have the best possible chance to succeed.”

Dr. David Whyley, Head teacher Consultant for Learning Technologies, said “To have the work of our team recognised in this way by a panel of the industry’s most respected judges is a great honour.

“It is fantastic recognition of the contribution that our team endeavours to make to the future of the learners in our city.”