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High school to lead the way in Tech

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 May 2009 | UPDATED: 08:10 01 August 2010

BUNGAY High School has signalled its commitment to its pupils by signing up to a new charter that pledges to improve the way technology is used to give pupils an enriched and enhanced learning experience.

BUNGAY High School has signalled its commitment to its pupils by signing up to a new charter that pledges to improve the way technology is used to give pupils an enriched and enhanced learning experience.

The Next Generation Learning Charter was launched by Becta, the government's agency for technology in education.

It means the school is leading the way and making a commitment to improving learning for pupils through the use of technology (including computers and laptops) in lessons. There is strong evidence to show that when technology is used effectively in schools, it can help to motivate and excite pupils, and raise attainment.

Over the coming months, Bungay High will be using the self-review framework - an online tool designed to help schools review their technology use in a structured way, which will in turn help inform their overall school improvement strategy and plans. It will help the school move towards gaining Becta's prestigious ICT Mark - the national standard in the use of technology across all aspects of school life, including student assessment, teaching and learning, and the development of staff, leadership and management.

Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of Becta, said: “Technology in the classroom is no longer a distant dream - technology is part of everyday life for us all, and schools need to ensure they don't get left behind. The Next Generation Learning Charter will help thousands of schools develop their use of technology across the school, so we have a world class education system where all young people are inspired and motivated”.

Sean O'Neill Headteacher at Bungay High School said: “We are delighted to have signed up to the Next Generation Learning Charter. It is a brilliant way for us to show pupils, parents and the wider community that we are committed to using ICT in the best way we can. We know we can do more with technology to help our pupils progress and achieve - and now we have the help we need to get there.”

The school will follow Becta's guidance to help them in purchasing good value software and equipment, and Becta's advice on how technology can be used to improve communication with parents, so they are more involved in their children's education.

For more information on the Next Generation Learning Charter go to www.becta.org.uk.


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