Northampton Primary Schools Collaborating on BBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom Project Based Learning

Many of you will be familiar with the ‘Enchanted Kingdom’ from our blog series earlier this year that looked at the various chapters of the educational eBook based upon the BBC Earth film of the same name. BBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom: Trailer from Microsoft Education UK Recently, schools within the Northampton Primary Academy Trust have…

Microsoft Supports the iDEA Programme in Partnership with the Duke of York

Getting young people into the digital industry and entrepreneurship Microsoft Ventures in the UK recently announced a new partnership with the Nominet Trust and the Duke of York to help support the iDEA Programme, which aims to support more than one million young people to pursue their own ideas, develop their digital skills and get to…

Interview with Simon Breakspear on innovative education

Antony Salcito, Vice President Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector Education, interviews Simon Breakspear, consultant, researcher and acclaimed keynote speaker focusing on innovative education.   To learn more, read


How best to use technology in schools - from UK school Principal and founder of The Skills Lab

Without substantial institutional rethinking more students will question what schooling is for.” – UK To Chris Gerry, innovation isn’t about making small changes – it’s about complete systemic alterations that rebuild and redefine learning. In fact, during Gerry’s 18 years as high school principal – notably as Executive Principal of the Future Schools Trust, which…


Partner in learning Global Forum, Washington 7th-10th November 2011

At this year’s PiL Global Forum, over 700 of the most innovative global educators from over 75 countries came together in Washington D.C to share and and celebrate creativity in education. One element of the Forum is to recognize teachers excellence and how by using technology in their teaching and how this then impacts student…


Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum 2011 - Workshops

The 8th Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend. The workshops and keynotes this year have a STEM ‘flavour’ and address the theme of ‘Teach more, learn more, inspire more.’ This year the Forum is being held at the Microsoft…


Little Harrowden Primary School–small school, big improvement with technology

A Northamptonshire primary school reaps the rewards of investing in a whole-school improvement strategy which puts technology at the heart of children’s learning and shows that these 21st Century approaches are both effective and essential for their children’s future. In the summer of 2008, a new Headteacher and leadership team were appointed to Little Harrowden…


Continue professional development using innovative and cost effective solutions

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in schools for all staff including teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and technical staff is a priority although, how many actually have a dedicated room or area for training with books, hardware and software?  Alan Stevens, Associate Principal of Sawtry Community College, in Cambridgeshire found that looking at the space not utilized…


BETT 2011– a roundup of my first experiences

      Wow! After months of planning the Microsoft stand, finding presenters  and schools to share their  success stories, hunting down staff to work on the demo pods and theatre stand and even down to the colour of the Microsoft Education polo shirts, my first BETT (and my first BETT experience)  is now done…


Cost saving with ICT

As budgets decrease schools are looking at innovative ways to cut costs and save money using ICT.  Check out  how from the two infographics presenting key industry statistics and Microsoft information on the Future Workforce research. Cost of ICT in Education Access to ICT in Education