The ICT Excellence Awards are open for entries

Schools across the UK are being encouraged to put themselves forward for Becta's 2010 ICT Excellence Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the ICT Excellence Awards acknowledge UK schools approaching technology in outstanding or innovative ways. The ICT Excellence Awards give schools across the country the chance to showcase their use of ICT across the curriculum.

The judges expect the calibre of entries to be higher than ever this year as more schools implement ICT in more exciting and innovative ways. Winners from 2009 opened their doors to inspire others and show what can be achieved at open days from the beginning of this month.

The deadline for entries is 24 March 2010 and categories include:
Beyond the School Award
Leadership, Management and Collaboration Award
Learning Experience Award
Best Whole School across 13 regions

Two of the regional winners are then awarded the accolade of Best Whole School across the UK. There is also the Support for Schools Award, celebrating the excellent practice among local authorities and other organisations supporting schools.

Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta, said: "We believe that integrating technology across the entire curriculum – not just using it in ICT lessons – is essential to higher achievement in schools and makes lessons and learning more enjoyable and rewarding.

"The ICT Excellence Awards are a great way for schools to showcase the fantastic work they are implementing through innovative and exciting ICT. We are sure that the ICT Excellence Awards 2010 will see more excellent examples of ICT in schools and we look forward to seeing the inspiring and exciting entries that come through."

Peter Banks from Broadgreen International School in Liverpool and winner of Best Whole School, Secondary 2009, said on his school's win: "The ICT Excellence Awards are a great way for schools to showcase all the hard work both staff and students put in on a daily basis. Winning Best Whole School last year made everyone involved tremendously proud. Our community work and other innovative ICT projects take time and commitment from staff and students and the award gave everyone a tremendous boost."

Winners will a cash prize to spend on ICT equipment, provision or training.