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UTC Reading once again recognised as a Microsoft Showcase School

Three staff members awarded Microsoft Innovator in Education Expert (MIEE) status

UTC Reading has once again renewed its status as
a Microsoft Showcase School

Since becoming the country’s first UTC to be awarded status in 2015, the school has gone from strength to strength in its training, understanding and teaching, with three teachers now holding the prestigious accreditation.

Congratulations to Robert Bradley, Carly Gale and Neil Pouney, who join an elite group of teachers around the world recognised by Microsoft for their innovative use of Microsoft products in their teaching and learning.

Science teacher and Year 11 leader Carly, who has been selected as an MIEE for a second year, said: “I’m excited to be selected as an MIEE for a second year.  I learned so much last year, and was able to use the skills gained directly in the classroom, particularly making use of our fantastic Surface Pro's. I'm looking forward to learning more and sharing my skills with others in school and in the Microsoft community.” 

Explaining how important accreditation like this is to the college, whose remit is to prepare students for industry with professional qualifications, Principal Jonathan Nicholls said: “I am delighted that once again UTC Reading has been recognised as a Showcase School by Microsoft.

“The teaching of these industry-recognised, future-ready skills sets our students apart from their peers when applying for universities, apprenticeships and employment."
Jonathan Nicholls

“Our staff have had to adapt to digital teaching over the course of the pandemic, and they have been able to transfer their incredible classroom skills online to ensure our students continued to make good progress despite the challenges.

“In December 2020 we were able to invest in Microsoft Surface Pro’s for all the teaching staff so that they could make even better use of Microsoft products and could further enhance their teaching, whether it was face to face in the classroom or teaching online.”

Vice Principal Neil Pouney, who is in his first year as a MIEE, said: “Being part of the Microsoft educational family is a key part of the strategy we have at UTC Reading.  I felt it was important to have more senior leaders in the school to be part of this.  The work towards achieving MIEE was both enjoyable and worthwhile research for the school.” 

  • Microsoft Showcase Schools are part of an exclusive global community, recognised for vision and innovation in teaching, learning and preparing students for the future.  
  • 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. 
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