Clare school on national shortlist for £10,000 grant

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Stour Valley Community School in Clare is one of six secondary schools in England and Wales to be shortlisted in the 2015 Randstad Education Awards.

The annual awards run by the specialist education recruiter seek to reward innovation in schools.

In November 2014, primary, secondary and special education schools across the country were invited to submit proposals outlining their ground-breaking ideas for raising standards in the classroom.

One school will be selected from each shortlist and the winners will receive £10,000 to implement their idea.

The school was shortlisted for its plan to turn its existing computer suite into a double-sized computer lab where students can explore computer technology; from software and hardware to programming.

The lab would allow students to build computers from scratch, using reusable technologies such as Raspberry Pi, and build an adaptable stand-alone network themselves, incorporating electronics and cabling skills.

Students would also be able to explore robotics and advanced programming ‘off-grid’, bringing in aspects of work undertaken in Stour Valley’s Resistant Materials and Graphics areas.

While pupils already use programmes such as Scratch and Python, the lab would help demonstrate how these skills can convert into real-life career choices and Stour Valley has said it wants to make the lab a useful resource for local primary schools too.

Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said: “This is just one of the hundreds of innovative ideas we have received from schools across the length and breadth of the country.

“In order to be considered for the shortlist, schools needed to demonstrate how their idea would raise standards, why it is innovative and inspiring, how it will be implemented, and what its long-term benefit will be.”