St. Mary’s College get Becta Award

I have just heard that my good friends at St. Mary’s College in Derry have been awarded the ICT Mark from Becta. Congratulations and well done to Marie, Lena, Paul and the whole Team!!

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From the press release:

Local school gets high tech accolade

Children at St. Mary’s College in Derry are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work, and that’s official!

Following an extensive external assessment St. Mary’s has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark by Becta, the government-funded body responsible for promoting the use of ICT in Britain’s schools and colleges.

The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. Parents will have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

June Neill, Advisor, Western Education & Library Board said “WELB is determined that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future. St. Mary’s should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in local schools.”

Head teacher Marie Lindsay commented “We are delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our children. We believe that ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.”

Niel McLean, Executive Director for Schools and Families at Becta said "St. Mary’s thoroughly deserve the accolade of an ICT mark. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a holistic approach to using ICT in schools. Their investment in new technology has contributed to substantial improvements in learning."

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