Karl Rivers, the school's IT Network Manager, has won a national award for his outstanding work in improving IT use in schools. He was awarded the 2014 Naace Award for Technical Support in Schools Service Impact at a ceremony in Nottingham recently.
Karl was delighted to win this prestigious award. “Naace awards are given to those working in education who use technology to achieve the greatest impact and is a formal recognition of outstanding work in this area. I received the award for my work improving IT use at Biddenham, providing support for other local schools, and sharing my work and experience on ClassThink. This is a hub I set up to share good practice and technical information with other schools that is now receiving hits from around the world.”
The National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education (Naace) is a community of education and technology leaders whose purpose it is to promote the use of technology in education both in the UK and internationally.
On Thursday 27th March more than 30,000 students from over 1,000 schools made and broadcasted the news as part of BBC News School Report's biggest News Day.
Pupils from Biddenham school created a news report for the school website which linked to the BBC's interactive map.
Highlights from the day included professional support from Gareth Lloyd of BBC Three Counties Radio. The reports featured students interviewing several members of staff and students on a number of current issues.
The Computing and ICT Department had its delivery of new classroom tools for students. Among them were several sets of Raspberry Pi, a creditcard sized single-board computer.
The programmable computers will form the basis of a new scheme of work for students and after school club. Students will have the chance to develop their programming skills using the devices.
Paul Wright, ICTAC said, "Programming is in the news a lot at the moment, and our students are so keen to begin learning how to program. This equipment will let them learn and practice the basics of programming in an exciting way.".