Local school wins national award

Belmont Primary School recognised for leading the way in ICT

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Chiswick's Belmont Primary School has become one of the first schools in the UK to receive the new national ICT Mark.

The prestigious new quality mark recognises schools that demonstrate their use of ICT to support all learners and all school activities. The ICT Mark is awarded by Becta, the governments lead agency for ICT in education, and recognises the success the schools have in developing a strategic approach to their use of ICT across the whole school.

In order to gain the new award, Belmont School had to demonstrate that as well as meeting the criteria set for Naacemark, they were focusing on pupils' progress in ICT capability, the impact of ICT on attitudes and behaviour and pupils' progress.

Cllr Ruth Cadbury, executive member for Children and Lifelong Learning at Hounslow Council said "To have a school among the first in the country to gain this new award is a wonderful achievement and they should be congratulated. This shows the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in our local schools."

Neil McLean, Executive Director Educational Practice, Becta said “Belmont thoroughly deserves this accolade, the ICT Mark. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a holistic approach to using ICT in a school. By doing this, their investment in new technologies has contributed to improvements in learning. The ICT Mark, based on the Becta self-review framework, requires schools ensure their key structures, processes and boundaries enable ICT to support personalising learning.”

February 3, 2006