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Preston nursery wins big  

The Nursery at St Pius X Preparatory School in Preston, beat off competition from schools around the UK in a competition to win one of 30 ActivPanels, a state-of-the-art education technology package for their school.

To participate in the Promethean Grant, schools were invited to submit video entries explaining why they would benefit from winning an ActivPanel. Entries were judged on three criteria: creativity, need, and the impact the technology would have if they were successful. 30 winners have been selected to each receive a fully installed ActivPanel package valued at around £3,000.

Global education technology provider PrometheanÒ first launched the Promethean UK Grant in 2017. The company is acutely aware of the increasing budgetary pressures schools are facing and did not want this to become a barrier to accessing the latest teaching technology. Following the phenomenal success of the initial programme, Promethean recognised the need to run a second Promethean Grant in the UK this year.

In their video entry, Nursery pupils explained how much they needed an ActivPanel in their classroom and how much it would enhance their learning experiences, ensuring that they are ready for primary school.

Naomi Covell, Deputy Nursery Manager, said: “We knew an interactive display in the classroom would really enhance our children’s learning experiences. The range of things we can do on an ActivPanel is going to help children better understand the world, engage with phonics and maths activities. Technology is an important part of learning and the Promethean Grant was the perfect opportunity to win the latest edtech for our classroom. We also had so much fun creating the video entry.”

Alistair Hayward, Promethean’s Head of UKI and ANZ markets, commented: “Schools are under increasing financial pressures and at the same time are expected to create state-of-the-art learning environments. As a company, we’re incredibly passionate about education and believe all schools should be able to access technologies that are proven to enhance teaching and learning experiences. The standard of entries this year has again been outstanding, I’d like to congratulate every school who took part for their efforts.”