UTC Reading recognised as a Microsoft Showcase School once again with staff awarded Microsoft Innovator in Education Expert (MIEE) status
Since becoming the country’s first UTC to be awarded status as a Microsoft Showcase School in 2015, UTC Reading have once again, renewed this status.
Microsoft Showcase Schools are pioneers in education; part of an exclusive global community, recognised and celebrated for educational transformation that includes vision and innovation in teaching, learning and preparing students for the future.
UTC Reading has an international reputation for preparing students for the workplace and lifelong learning through the professional qualifications programme. The teaching of these industry recognised, future-ready skills sets UTC Reading students apart from their peers when applying for universities, apprenticeships and employment.
One of UTC Reading’s students is also the reigning UK & Ireland MOS PowerPoint champion and will be representing the country at the MOS World Championships next year.
Senior leaders and teachers have been involved with supporting schools set up these professional qualification programmes across the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET), nationally across the UTC network and as far afield as Australia. The UTC has also supported Microsoft with webinars on the topic and with presentations at BETT and tours of the UTC for international senior leaders.
The use of Microsoft Teams during lockdown to convert to virtual teaching overnight also gained national attention with staff, students and parents invited to participate in newspaper articles and Microsoft webinars on the subject.
In addition, this year, three UTC Reading staff were selected to become Microsoft Innovators in Education Experts (MIEEs) joining an elite group of teachers around the world recognised by Microsoft for their innovative use of Microsoft products in their teaching and learning. Congratulations go to Robert Bradley, Jax Snipp and Carly Gale on this outstanding achievement.
Robert Bradley said: “Working at a Microsoft Showcase School means I have much greater access to support through the Microsoft Education Community and the MIEE connection calls put on by Microsoft. I also have a greater opportunity to support other teachers and schools and help them improve their practice. Ultimately though, this helps make me a better teacher and allows me to support my students to achieve more.”
Carly Gale said: “I was thrilled to be selected as an MIEE. As an NQT I have found the access to training and courses through Microsoft invaluable. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with my colleagues and using the skills I’ve gained to improve my teaching practice.”
UTC Reading look forward to continuing to innovate their teaching and learning with the support of Microsoft.