Category Archives: Microsoft Showcase Schools

Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEEs enjoy success at Scottish Education Awards

Education technology in Scotland is in rude health, with many schools and individuals leading the way in digital innovation, inclusion, and best practices. We are incredibly fortunate to work closely with a number of those at the forefront of driving change and progress through digital learning, and are thrilled to be congratulating some of them on their recent awards.… Visit the author's original post

Digital Transformation Conference – June 8th, Repton School

repton-schoolWe are pleased to share details of the Digital Transformation Conference hosted by Repton School on Thursday 8th June 2017.

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Being a Microsoft Showcase School is about more than just the use of technology. It is about thought leadership, pioneering practices, and helping others in the community to develop. We are incredibly fortunate to work with so many wonderful schools and colleges who proactively engaging the wider community through various events, opening their doors to welcome other teachers and school leaders in sharing best practices and strategies.… Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh

march-april-coverThis latest extract from #TheFeed is written by teacher Gerald Haigh, the piece focuses on a special school, with the majority of the students on the autism spectrum. The school has just updated the way technology is used in the classroom to enhance learning in ways like never before.

More information about the schools, together with details and timetables of the CPD programmes on offer, together with information on booking are available here.

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#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh

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Fosse Way School, a special school for 209 pupils, a majority on the autistic spectrum, in Radstock, near the City of Bath has just had a complete update of the way technology is used for learning.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Microsoft’s OneNote Digital Notebook Combating Dyslexia

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is from the Microsoft in Education team, and looks at the latest updates and additions to the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote, all within the context of a recent BDA study conducted with a Surrey school to see how experiences outcomes can be improved for SEND learners through the introduction of appropriate technology.Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub – Why every headteacher needs a good head for figures, By Stephen Crouch

The following post features on our new educational hub, hosted by TES, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. Weve pulled together the opinions and expertise of senior leaders on how technology can both inform and transform school processes to facilitate the difficult business of school management. In the following article, Stephen Crouch discusses how balancing your finances within a school can impact all aspects of your school.


Why every headteacher needs a good head for figures, by Stephen Crouch

Education isn’t all about the bottom line – but heads do need to know their finances.

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TES Education Hub – Smart working for school leaders: how to digitally transform your school processes

In partnership with TES we have recently launched a new educational hub, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. TES is an organisation dedicated to supporting the world’s teachers, with a mission to enable great teaching by helping educators to find the tools and technology they need to excel and by supporting them throughout their career and professional development. They are home to the worlds largest online community of teachers, with 7.9 million registered users.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Meet This Year’s Showcase Schools

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This short extract providing a visual overview of all of our Microsoft Showcase Schools in the UK, and where they are located.

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Meet This Year’s Microsoft Showcase Schools

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#TheFeed – An introduction to Microsoft Training Academies, by Gerald Haigh

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Gerald Haigh, and looks at the recently launched Microsoft Training Academies programme.

Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed:


Microsoft Training Academies

by Gerald Haigh

One of the most interesting announcements at BETT 2017 will be the launch of the Microsoft Training Academies (MTA) programme.… Visit the author's original post

Day Three @ BETT 2017 – Surface Studio, Microsoft Whiteboard and more…

Three down, one to go… Hang in there! But what an exhibition it has been so far! It was another busy day on the Microsoft Stand and adjoining Partner Campus, with many other engaging activities dotted around the whole exhibition floor.

Earlier this morning Jonathan Bishop – head teacher of Microsoft Showcase School Broadclyst Community Primary, and founder of the Global Enterprise Challenge – delivered a Future Gazing session in the School Leaders Summit around Developing a Digital Academy.

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Day Two @ BETT 2017 – What you may have missed

Phew…! Still with us?! Another action-packed day at BETT 2017 draws to a close, and as attendees and exhibitors start to make their ways home, there is much to reflect on and ponder.

Yesterday our BETT 2017 Day One recap looked at some of the talks and sessions happening further afield across the BETT exhibition floor, so for this evening’s edition we’ll focus on some of the Learn Live Theatre sessions being delivered by educators and school leaders on the Microsoft stand and some of the activity from the Microsoft Partner Campus.

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Day One @ BETT 2017 – All you need to know

As the legs begin to show signs of fatigue, you’ve lost count of the number of coffees you’ve drunk, and the constant background noise quietens to the point where you can almost make out individual voices, there is no escaping the fact that BETT 2017 is here, it’s happening, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

It’s been a busy day on all fronts for the Microsoft team, and across all corners of the exhibition floor there has been something for everyone!… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: SalamanderSoft – “Getting on with teaching and learning in Office 365, with SalamanderSoft”

The next post in our BETT 2017 partner series comes to us from SalamanderSoft, who focus on integration services helping Schools use the data they already have to provision, maintain and manage Active Directory, Office 365, SharePoint, and Exchange.

Find SalamanderSoft in the Microsoft Partner Campus at BETT 2017 (stand C300).


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Getting on with teaching and learning in Office 365, with SalamanderSoft

Innovations within Microsoft’s cloud platform in 2016 and coming in 2017 have given schools and colleges an opportunity to deliver richer teaching and learning experiences, while reducing costs and complexity.… Visit the author's original post

Register now: Microsoft in the Classroom events – hosted by Microsoft Showcase Schools

Next month we have a number of our free Microsoft in the Classroom events being hosted by Microsoft Showcase Schools, providing teachers and school leaders the opportunity to explore with colleagues and UK experts how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum.

The event will include interactive workshops and presentations on OneNote, Windows 10 and Office 365, all within the context of the classroom. Attendees will also be joined by a special guest from Microsoft UK to talk more about the development of technology and the challenges in education at present across the world.

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Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) and Teacher Dashboard for Microsoft Office 365 at Ribblesdale High School

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh. Here he reports on a Lancashire secondary school that is living up to its Microsoft Showcase School status by piloting, for proof of concept, Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) and Teacher Dashboard for Microsoft Office 365.


Supported by two Microsoft partner businesses, the school demonstrates that SDS makes it possible to populate classroom applications – in this case Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, and Teacher Dashboard from Axis12 — automatically and quickly with details of pupils, classes and groups held in the school management system.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Showcase School Ysgol Bae Baglan to open doors to 1,500 students

The subject of a recent BBC feature, Ysgol Bae Baglan in Port Talbot is a brand new Microsoft Showcase School, and a shining example of how technology can be used to empower educators and transform learning outcomes for students.

Watch the BBC report here: £40m Ysgol Bae Baglan ‘superschool’ in Port Talbot to open

Replacing a total of four schools in the area (three secondary and one primary), the new site at Ysgol Bae Baglan is one of only seven schools in Wales that will offer education to pupils from the ages of three to 16, and will open its doors to 1,500 pupils and 200 staff.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Ambassador report – West College Scotland IT Symposium

We’re pleased to share another post written by Natalie Burgess, one of four Teacher Ambassadors to recently join our team. Many of you will be familiar with Natalie, through her fantastic work as a #MIEExpert over the years, and you may have even taken part in one of her sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.

Earlier this week she was present for an event run at one of our Showcase Schools, and below she shares her thoughts.Visit the author's original post

Report: Redefining Learning Conference with the Northampton Primary Academy Trust

The following post is written by Gerald Haigh, and reports on the recent #RedefineLearn event held by the schools comprising the Northampton Primary Academy Trust.


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‘Redefining Learning’ is an ongoing and international series of conferences, sharing the rich vein of knowledge, experience and expertise being created within the global community of Microsoft Showcase Schools and Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts.


The six schools that make up Northampton Primary Academy Trust (NPAT) are building a strong track record in doing exactly what the title of this conference says, and on 22nd June they came together to explain and present to a hundred or so teachers and leaders from around the country what the term means to them.… Visit the author's original post

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide for Schools

The summer is a fantastic time for education IT administrators to make school or college-wide updates to devices, systems and infrastructure. For those schools, colleges and universities that are yet to upgrade to Windows 10, the next few months provide an perfect opportunity to deploy and discover all of the fantastic new features in our latest operating system, in preparation for the new academic year beginning in September.

Below is a simple hands-on guide for everyone looking to upgrade their school to Windows 10, and takes you through the whole process, including:

  • Assembling your upgrade toolkit
  • Getting the upgrade started
  • Finishing the upgrade
  • Upgrade complete–what comes next?
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#MIEExpert Kristy Griffin – “OneNote has revolutionised the way we work in our school!”

This post first appeared on the Office blog, and was written by Kristy Griffin, computing coordinator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator at the Bolsover C of E Junior School.

As part of the Redefining Learning Tour hosted by our Microsoft Showcase Schools and Associate Showcase Schools, Bolsover C of E Junior School will be holding its own event on May 18th, to help teachers and school leaders unleash the hidden gems in Microsoft Office to break down the walls of the classroom.

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Guest post from BFC Networks – The Wellington Diploma on Office 365

The following post is written by Alex Pearce, of BFC Networks.

The Wellington Academy -a medium sized Secondary and Sixth Form in semi-rural Wiltshire – is the sponsored Academy of Wellington College, Berkshire (a Microsoft Showcase School). A school with a real drive for developing student character, we been using the Office 365 platform to build a platform to enable students to claim the values and virtues they are developing in their lives behind the academic curriculum.

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A small team of staff, including Kristian Still, VP, Ross Birtwhistle and Ryan Hopton have been working with staff, students and BFC Networks to turns their Wellington Academy Diploma from concept to reality.… Visit the author's original post

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.

Recently, schools within the Northampton Primary Academy Trust have been working together on a series of project based learning initiatives based upon the Enchanted Kingdom eBook. The ambitious cross-academy collaboration is being driven by Tom Rees, head teacher at Simon de Senlis School, and sees students and teachers from the six schools that comprise the trust working through the tasks and lesson plans contained within the eBook via a series of project based learning activities, as well as coming up with some of their own ideas inspired by their journey through the Enchanted Kingdom.… Visit the author's original post