Ashford primary school celebrates digital award Staff and pupils at a Kent primary school are celebrating this week, after winning a prestigious digital award. Beaver Green Primary School in Ashford has been presented with a Discovery Education ‘Digital Champion’ Award, in recognition of its use of new technology in the classroom. The school, which is part of the Swale Academy Trust, encourages teachers to use digital resources in every lesson – and has seen a marked increase in pupil attainment since promoting new technology. Beaver Green’s 400 pupils regularly use online learning tools and e-books, and practice computer programming by coding games and creating their own apps. Receiving the award Headteacher Catherine Hylands said: “The whole school community is delighted and proud to receive this digital award. We are committed to using new technology to engage our pupils and to help them achieve their potential.” “We all know that today’s generation of learners are switched on to digital resources, and technology has had a really positive impact at Beaver Green – helping children to explore difficult concepts in a fun and accessible way, while equipping them with the skills they need for the future.” Beaver Green Primary School uses the award-winning Discovery Education Espresso learning service, giving pupils access to a range of cutting-edge resources linked to the National Curriculum. Newly-added content includes a Roald Dahl module, which the school recently tapped into to mark the centenary of the famous author. Pupils used Dahl-themed e-books, interactive games and videos – and even entered a special competition to create their own Wonka-inspired sweets. Headteacher Catherine Hylands continued: “Our vision is for all teachers and learners in our school to become confident users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to use appropriate computing resources effectively as powerful tools for teaching and learning.” Catherine Howard, Discovery Education’s Director of Educational Partnerships said: “Discovery Education is delighted to recognise Beaver Green as a leading digital school. The award reflects the school’s use of classroom technology to maximise learning opportunities for every child – and to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.” The award was presented to Beaver Green Primary School by Discovery Education. Pictured are Headteacher Catherine Hylands and IT Coordinator Lucy Edwards alongside Discovery Education’s Mike Heath.