Littletown Primary Academy recognised for its use of technology

PUBLISHED: 08:01 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:13 13 May 2019

Sound and vision - a pupil using one of the computers. Picture:  Littletown Primary Academy

Sound and vision - a pupil using one of the computers. Picture: Littletown Primary Academy

Littletown Primary Academy

The school is in the running for a TES Award after adopting a new approach to technology and seeing children's engagement and motivation improve

Littletown pupils enjoy using technology to learn. Picture: Littletown Primary AcademyLittletown pupils enjoy using technology to learn. Picture: Littletown Primary Academy

Littletown Primary Academy in Honiton has been shortlisted for a TES Schools Award for its innovative use of technology.

The Academy is among eight UK schools, including a sixth form, in the running for the award.

The TES (formerly Times Educational Supplement) School Awards awards recognise the most outstanding institutions in the education sector. The category in which Littletown Primary Academy has been shortlisted focuses on schools which have used technology to improve educational outcomes, not only in academic achievement but also in other aspects of school life.

Headteacher David Perkins said: "I am delighted that Littletown Primary Academy has been shortlisted for this award regarding our new approach to technology in the school, just six months into our journey. I am amazed every day by the variety of things that the children are doing using devices and software to enrich their learning and impact on progress.

"This high-level combination of computing skills, digital literacy and collaborative learning will be crucial to these pupils as they move to secondary school and adult life.'

He said the pupils' engagement, motivation and general enjoyment of learning had all improved as they used the technology. One Year Six pupil said: "The Chromebooks have helped us in lots of subjects and made learning easier and more interactive. I wish that we had them right from when we started school."

The school was nominated by Computeam, who have worked closely with Littletown to provide technology-enabled learning across the campus. A spokesman said: "We are delighted our nomination of Littletown Primary Academy has been successful. The school embraced our collaborative solution for IT throughout the school and it is fantastic to see how the pupils have engaged with the change.

"We wish Littletown Primary Academy luck at the awards."

TES editor Ann Mroz said: "It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure.

"We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud as it is an extraordinary achievement to be on the shortlist."

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London on Friday, June 21.

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