A MOORLANDS high school has been having a winning streak lately – gaining resources for the village school through competitions. Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form returned to school after the summer break to news that one of their Year 8 students had entered a competition and won the school £2,000. Branden Hardy saw the competition with Consortium Education online and independently made an entry.
In his entry, he talked about “the great teachers at the school and how much he loved attending.” Natasha Sewley-Miles, Account Manager for Consortium & TTS attended the school recently to present the prize of £2,000 which the school can spend on anything from their education supplies catalogue.
The presentation was also attended by headteacher Rachael Johnson, head of year eight Jack Biggs, and Branden’s mum.
Mrs Johnson said: “We are absolutely thrilled and it was a lovely surprise to return to after the summer break.
“Branden has spent time discussing with his peers and meeting with senior leaders in school in order to make suggestions of what the school should spend the winnings on.
“£2,000 is such a significant amount and Branden has made some really good suggestions to ensure that the teaching and learning resources we purchase impact positively on all students.”
Meanwhile, the school has also successfully overcome competition from schools around the UK and Ireland in a nationwide competition to win one of five ActivPanels.
Using #ClassroomStory to share inspirational stories and life-changing experiences, the award-winning ActivPanel package, valued at around £3,000, was awarded to “the most poignant stories.”
The #ClassroomStory competition encouraged schools to submit a video entry via social media telling their favourite teacher tales.
Eight educators made it to the final round before a week-long public voting period, where the top five winners were chosen.
With over 800 votes across the course of the week, Sally Kadri’s video entry (on behalf of Karine Cotterill) for Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form inspired the educational community and received a total of 139 votes.
Global education technology company, Promethean launched the #ClassroomStory competition following the negative headlines surrounding teacher workloads, retention rates and what’s being named as the ‘crisis in education’.
A spokesman for Promethean said: “In an effort to remind teachers of the wonderful work they do and the impact they have on the lives of students on a daily basis, we encouraged educators to share and re-live their favourite stories in a bid to win a state-of-the-art edtech package.
“In her video entry, Sally Kadri shared a message that one of her students had written about a fellow teacher, Miss M.
“In an insightful letter about Miss M, the student explained that the teacher did more than just support them – she helped to direct them on their path, and even became a friend.
“It was abundantly clear through the student’s message that Miss M is an inspirational figure to those she teaches, and someone that they can “ultimately, always rely on.”
Karine Cotterill, in charge of Learning Technologies at Blythe Bridge High School, said: “Here at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form, we know first-hand the benefits that technology can bring in terms of creating engaging and enjoyable learning experiences for students.
“We saw the #ClassroomStory competition as a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our teachers, and is a chance to improve technology provisions at the school.
“Hearing what our students had to say about their teachers reminded us that the work we do could not be more important.
“We wanted to share this experience as a #ClassroomStory and encourage teachers everywhere to be proud of what they do for students.”
Blythe Bridge High School’s ActivPanel was installed over the summer holidays, ready to be used at the start of the new academic year.
Promethean’s #ClassroomStory competition is set to return next term with another five ActivPanels available to the schools who share the most inspirational teacher tales.
To find out more about the competition, visit www.classroomstory.co.uk.
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