Schools in running for prizes

TWO North Tyneside schools are each in the running for a hat-trick of awards for their information technology lessons.

The shortlist for this year’s Northern Grid ICT in Education Awards has been announced, and schools in the borough account for 10 of the 25 contenders vying for prizes.

Two of them – Woodlawn School in Whitley Bay and Norham Community Technology College in North Shields – jointly top the list of nominees with three apiece.

The Alnwick Avenue college has been nominated for a creative digital media award for Norham News, a weekly programme produced and presented by students and broadcast at the college every Friday.

Mark Macciocchi, ICT development officer at the college, said: “There has also been recognition for the extremely high standard of work by students using technology to work collaboratively on documents and homework.

“Also, Claire Hayden has been nominated for the teacher award because she has really inspired the students she works with both in and out of school.

“Homework seems much more fun if it is set online and your teacher is even online to help you.”

Woodlawn School, in Elmfield Gardens, has been shortlisted for the overall excellence in ICT award.

Mark added: “Woodlawn endeavours to embed ICT use throughout the curriculum to support and enhance the learning opportunities of pupils.

“It was recently regarded by Ofsted as being at the forefront in the use of innovative technology to augment learning, communication and interaction for the pupils in this school and beyond.”

The school is also up for prizes for ICT projects it has run to increase motivation and participation among pupils.

Other borough schools on the shortlist include Cullercoats Primary and Seaton Burn Business and Enterprise College.

The awards ceremony will be held next Thursday at Newcastle’s Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel.