Switched on Computing wins Bett Award for Primary Digital Content!

As the sun set on the first day of Bett 2015, the Brewery in Barbican began to fill with excited finalists of the 17th Bett Awards ceremony. These awards are an annual celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. Winners are deemed to have excelled in ICT provision and support for education over the past year, with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.

This year we entered our Switched on Computing resource for the Primary Digital Content award. Rising Stars worked with author Miles Berry (University of Roehampton) and the most well respected ICT and computing educational organisations in England – Naace, Computing At School and Havering School Improvement Services - to develop a comprehensive, creative, cutting-edge resource for primary schools.

Switched on Computing is designed to help teachers deliver the new programme of study for computing, with materials that have been trialled by teachers and children to ensure they are accessible and are effective in developing computer science skills in children from years 1-6.

Having bitten off our nails and crossed all our fingers and toes, the moment finally came for the announcement and we were absolutely overjoyed to be named the winner of this award.

Andrea Carr, managing director at Rising Stars, explains: “We are thrilled to have won this award. The Bett awards are judged by teachers who understand the importance of quality teaching and learning resources. Switched on Computing is designed to support teachers in getting started with computer science and 5,000 schools are already using it in classrooms around the country.”

We were delighted to hear that the judges were impressed with its full inclusivity and accessibility. They commented, “Switched on Computing provides teachers with the step by step, unit by unit support that they need. It engages learners, reminds them of e-safety and is excellent value for money.”

Caroline Wright, director of the education sector’s trade association BESA (British Education Suppliers Association), said, “Switched on Computing has been an invaluable resource for primary schools at a challenging time. Due to the international recognition of Bett, the Bett Awards support international trade by providing educators all over the world with a means of identifying the most innovative and effective ICT products, companies and services.”

A huge thank you must go to Miles Berry and everyone at Naace, Computing At School and Havering School Improvement Services for their incredible support and passion for Switched on Computing. Thank you also to the 5,000 schools using the resource, and for all the wonderful feedback we receive from teachers.

We were beaming looking at our Twitter feed last night, for all the kind congratulatory wishes. A few highlights include:

Mary Farmer: @risingstarsedu a super well deserved award!! Thank you for creating such FABULOUS resources!!!

Simon Pile: Congratulations @risingstarsedu – @SwitchedOnComp is a brilliant resource and worthy winner #bettawards

Sharon Cufflin: Congratulations @risingstarsedu primary digital content award winners. Very well deserved

Lorraine Petersen: @risingstarsedu Congratulations to you all – an excellent resource for schools

Time to pop open the champagne!

Best wishes from a delighted team at Rising Stars


Computing and ICT, Switched on Computing

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