Hi-tech accolade for Portsmouth primary schoolchildren

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CHILDREN at Stamshaw Juniors are at the forefront of using information and communications technology to enhance their work.

Following an extensive external assessment, the Portsmouth school was awarded the ICT Mark in recognition of its use across the curriculum.

Recent projects at the school have included year threes making a film about Christopher Columbus, the purchase of a wireless network so all pupils can work on laptops at any time, a new screen and projector in the main hall and a webcam to observe birds hatching.

Simon Cattermole, headteacher, said: ‘We have invested a lot in technology because some children actually perform better if they can present things on a computer – it’s a great motivator.’

Deputy headteacher Wendy Bolton said: ‘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.

‘ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.’

Niel McLean, executive director of schools and families at Becta, the government-funded body that launched the ICT Mark, said Stamshaw was thoroughly deserving of the accolade.

He added: ‘The school’s investment in new technology will continue to contribute to substantial improvements in learning.’