Innovative Southsea teacher gets top marks

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A GEOGRAPHY teacher who got pupils involved in a major schools building project through a range of computer programs has won a European award.

Jo Debens, of Priory School in Southsea, was one of 50 teachers throughout the continent to win the Microsoft Top-Tier Innovative Teacher Award.

Her project, which was among just 80 chosen for the European finals in Moscow earlier this year, helped year seven students design models of how their school should look like at a time when they were looking forward to £15m investment from the axed Building Schools for the Future scheme.

She said: ‘We used a series of Microsoft programs to create models of the school, superimpose how they would like it to look, and make films to explain their vision.

‘They took this work to architects and the school’s headteacher and senior staff, which was incredibly exciting for them.

‘I’m just humbled to get this award on their behalf – they did all the hard work.’