January 24, 2020
News, events and information from The Northern Education Trust
The Bett Awards are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. The winners are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.
The 2020 Award ceremony was hosted in London on Wednesday 22nd January, and we are delighted to reveal that Northern Education Trust won the Impact in Education Award.
The award recognised our innovative work in implementing a Trust-wide digital monitoring system to help safeguard our students online. We were one of the earliest adoptors of the technology (Smoothwall Monitor) and have partnered closely with Smoothwall to develop the system to ensure all of the children in our Trust stay safe online.
The award was presented, via video link, by The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP, who is responsible for Education Technology in his role as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. He said: “This award recognises those leveraging EdTech to deliver positive learning outcomes. It celebrates an insitution for not only the investment they have made, but also the implementation and the way they have embedded the solution to deliver meaningful results, supported by robust evidence. Northern Education Trust is leading the way and are an impressive demonstration of how technology is being used to improve safeguarding.”
Mark Osborne, Director of ICT and Infrastructure, said: “Introducing a Trust-wide monitoring system has played a part in the school improvement programme across all Northern Education Trust academies, allowing in-depth digital monitoring in real-time, to ensure better safeguarding and immediate response to critical issues. This tool has been recognised by Ofsted as contributing to ensuring effective safeguarding, and over the last 12 months, Ofsted inspections have all been positive, including all NET Primary Academies being rated as Good or Outstanding by the end of 2019. We’re absolutely delighted to have won this award, and I’d like to pass on my thanks and appreciation to everyone involved, whose commitment and innovation has been greatly recognised.”