Microsoft Showcase School for third year

Microsoft has announced its 2020-2021 cohort of Showcase Schools in which Downe House has been named for the third year running.

10 September 2020

One of just 48 schools in the UK, the accreditation reflects the priority given to integrating digital technology into the heart of teaching and learning at Downe House. Over the past year, the enormously successful Digital Strategy based on the Microsoft Office 365 platform saw a comprehensive staff training programme which enabled 39 staff to achieve MIEE accreditation, the highest number of MIEE staff in any school in the UK with many more working towards the award. In addition, the phased roll-out of the MS Surface programme to all year groups meant that every pupil from Remove (Y7) to Lower Fifth (Y10) had their own Microsoft Surface. From September 2020, this has been rolled out to the Lower Sixth and thus by September 2021, every girl in the School (approximately 600 pupils) will be using the Microsoft Surface. Of course, the ultimate achievement of the year was the smooth transition to online teaching and learning during the lockdown, in no small part thanks to the Microsoft Education technologies and our digital capacity.

Director of IT, Mr David McClymont said,

“We are delighted that we will continue to be a Microsoft Showcase School this year and it is very much thanks to the commitment and dedication of our staff who have adopted and embraced the technology. I know that parents have been very impressed with how well the transition to virtual teaching went under difficult circumstances and would like to thank everyone for their feedback and support.”

 

Anthony Salcito, VP, Microsoft Education said,

“Today, we celebrate the accomplishments of the inspiring leaders of 325 education institutions from 58 countries around the world, whose vision and perseverance are empowering their students to achieve more. The diverse members of our Showcase School Program are distinguished by their commitment to school-wide transformation and their hard work is reflected in improved learning outcomes for their students and an increased focus on future-ready skills.”  Find out more about Microsoft Showcase Schools here 

Find out more about digital teaching and learning at Downe House here

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