NCCE's hub at Dartford Grammar recognised with innovation award

14 December 2020

We’re thrilled that the work of one NCCE Computer Hub to offer continued support to other schools throughout the lockdown period has been recognised.

Dartford Grammar School won the ICT Innovation Award, as part of the Education Business Awards 2020.

Angela Pisanu, editor at Education Business, congratulated Dartford Grammar as a worthy winner.

“With GCSE Computer Science being hugely popular with students at Dartford Grammar School, the school is now sharing its expertise to drive up computing standards in schools across the region as a Computing Hub,” said Angela.

“Following the impact of coronavirus, the school was quick to switch to the remote delivery of courses. This makes Dartford Grammar School the worthy winner of the ICT Innovation Award at the Education Business Awards 2020.”

John Oakes, Headmaster at Dartford Grammar School said the coronavirus had highlighted the need for computer science skills.

“There has never been a more important time for schools to work together and never a more important time to make smart online learning accessible to all,” said Mr Oakes.

“Everyone benefits when enthusiastic teachers of Computer Science come together to learn from each other and learn with each other.

“We are delighted to be given the opportunity to showcase our work as a National Hub of Excellence in Computer Science. We were also delighted to receive the ICT Innovation Award as a recognition of our efforts but also as an encouragement to provide more outreach connections in the future.”

Dartford’s hub is led by teacher Steve Ireland who also welcomed School’s Minister Nick Gibb on a visit to the school earlier this term.

“We pride ourselves on the support offered to teachers and schools across the South East to ensure they have the confidence to deliver a comprehensive and engaging computing curriculum to all. The NCCE believes that every young person should have access to a world leading computing education and we have been proud to play our part in that.”