We are delighted to announce that St. Paul’s School has been recognised as a global leader in the successful integration of technology with teaching and learning
In a special ceremony on 10th May, Microsoft will award St. Paul’s School with the prestigious Showcase badge in recognition for its excellence in transforming and enhancing its physical and online learning environment to deliver more personalised education to its pupils.
By receiving the badge, the school joins an exclusive community of some 850 premier schools from around the world, in recognition of its pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies.
In July 2017, and with the appointment of a new Head of Digital Learning, the school invested heavily in a six-point digital learning strategy for developing digital natives for the millennial generation. Through the implementation of the strategy, the school’s infrastructure has been transformed and enhanced, pupils have been given greater access to a wider range of devices and resources, and staff have embarked on a professional development programme to ensure that technology is effectively embedded into all aspects of the school’s diverse curriculum.
All teachers have been assigned a tablet or laptop to connect to their smartboards, allowing them greater flexibility in adapting their classroom set-up to reflect pupils’ needs. All Prep pupils (aged 6 to 11) have access to devices on a 1:1 basis, and in the Senior School we have implemented a highly successful BYOD (Bring Your Own Device programme.) The introduction of Office 365 and cloud-based working has also opened up new opportunities for collaboration and flexible learning.
“Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is a great honour, and we are delighted to be receiving recognition for our staff’s passion for creating the best learning environments possible,” said the school’s Head, Ms Simpson. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our pupils with the best possible tools for success within the classroom and beyond.”
As a Showcase School, St. Paul’s will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology, by hosting and mentoring other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.
“Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose-driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate pupils and to create community in and out of school, ” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalised education to pupils empowering them to achieve more.”