30th May 2019 — The Royal Hospital School, near Ipswich, has been named winner of the Edtech 50 Schools Award in recognition of its focused approach to the use of technology in teaching and learning and the resulting positive impact on educational outcomes.
The Awards, launched at the House of Lords on 8 May 2019, celebrated effective and impactful use of Edtech in the UK, along with individuals who have played a leading role in its development.
Hamish MacKenzie, Apple Distinguished Educator and Head of Digital Learning at the Royal Hospital School, explained, “Mobile learning has been significant in the development of teaching and learning at the school for over six years. We are an Apple Regional Training Centre and acclaimed a national 'Beacon of Good Practice’ for online safety. Within our technology curriculum, the ‘Compass’ module comprises a carousel of digital skills, coding, creativity, workflows and problem-solving exercises to develop digital literacy. We are delighted to be named one of 50 schools nationally recognised for our excellent use of technology to positively impact on children’s’ learning”.
The judges commended the Royal Hospital school on its comprehensive and ambitious use of technology and was noted for making learning as relevant, contemporary, contextualised and interesting as possible.
The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, writing in the EdTech50 launch report, said: “I welcome this new initiative to highlight and celebrate many of the people, products and projects that have most impacted education.”