Bantock Primary School Earns Prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Status

Published by Richard Yarrick-Holmes on September 29th 2023, 8:08am

In an extraordinary achievement that underscores its commitment to excellence in education, Bantock Primary School has been officially recognised as a Microsoft Showcase School.

This prestigious designation places Bantock Primary School among an elite group of educational institutions worldwide that are at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning.

Microsoft Showcase Schools are celebrated for their unwavering dedication to educational transformation and their pioneering use of Microsoft tools to support their school communities. Only a select few institutions earn this coveted title, and Bantock Primary School is proud to join the ranks of these educational trailblazers.

Becoming a Microsoft Showcase School is more than just an accolade; it is an acknowledgment of the school's impact on the future of education.

Harvey Sarai, headteacher of the school, commented "We are elated to be part of this exclusive global community, recognised and celebrated for educational transformation that includes vision and innovation in teaching, learning, and preparing students for the future."

Earning the Microsoft Showcase School designation required a comprehensive demonstration of the school's commitment to transformation and example how they harness Microsoft tools to support the school community. The school outlined its vision through a detailed roadmap that was shared with all stakeholders via its school website. This roadmap highlighted the significant progress made and the ongoing changes the school is striving to achieve.

To empower staff with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage Microsoft tools effectively, Bantock Primary School invested in bespoke training programs using the Microsoft Learn platform. This investment ensured that educators were well-equipped to integrate technology seamlessly into their teaching methods, enhancing the overall learning experience.

As part of their journey towards innovation, the school implemented a range of new tools including "Reading Progress" to support pupils' fluency and reading speeds, "Immersive Reader" was adopted to make learning more accessible and inclusive for all learners, and the training of pupil Minecraft Ambassadors to develop future-ready skills.

Through this process, several members of the school's staff achieved qualifications that further enhanced their roles. Among these qualifications were "Innovative Educator Expert" and "Microsoft Certified Educator," showcasing the school's commitment to continuous professional development.

With this remarkable achievement as a Microsoft Showcase School, Bantock Primary School looks forward to a future filled with further innovative transformations that align seamlessly with the school's core aims and ethos for all stakeholders.

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September 29th 2023, 8:08am

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