30 June 2016

The in-Cloud: ATLP wins international award for technology innovation in education

A forward-thinking multi-academy trust has scooped an international award for a pioneering IT project that has transformed teaching and learning across its seven schools in Birmingham and North Warwickshire.

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) and Midlands based C24 Ltd., a Six Degrees company, have jointly won the ‘Cloud and Above Award’ at the ‘Data Cloud Awards 2016’, which were held in Monaco this month.

In order to win the prestigious prize, specialist hosting company, C24 – which supports delivery with Microsoft Office 365 across the ATLP’s academies – had to demonstrate how it went above and beyond to provide a cloud service that yielded tangible results for the partnership.

The cloud service provides the multi-academy trust with collaboration capabilities to better communicate between different schools and to enable improved learning experiences across its four thousand plus learning community.

Judges were impressed by how technology is boosting student performance across the ATLP – with an increase in the volume, frequency and quality of homework – and how it is giving teachers and staff greater flexibility, in terms of collaboration, planning and working independently across schools. In addition, learners and educators can access homework, resources and study materials from their mobile devices at any time and from anywhere, which is revolutionising education provision across the partnership.

Chris Butler, head of IT delivery at the ATLP, said:

This is fantastic news for the ATLP, C24 and Six Degrees and we are proud that the work of our local organisations has been recognised at an international level.

It’s rewarding to see how the use of cloud technology is benefitting thousands of students and staff across our schools. We want to keep on innovating and pushing boundaries in order to secure a quality education for many more children in the future.”

Following the award-winning project, C24 and Microsoft created a video case study, filmed on site at the ATLP’s outstanding Arthur Terry School. https://youtube.com/watch?v=oufvez-9NQM

The case study highlights staff and student opinion on their experiences with C24 and working together with Microsoft in order to deliver a better learning experience for students.

Arthur Terry School headteacher and National Leader of Education, Neil Warner, said:

The IT is enabling our students to be successful learners, ready to face the next stage of their lives and that’s what we’re about as educators – making children feel good about themselves and being able to face society with confidence.”

Dave Ricketts, head of sales and marketing at C24 Ltd. said:

We are delighted to have been chosen for this award – and we are really pleased that it has highlighted the great work that the IT team at Arthur Terry are doing to improve the learning experiences of many children across the Birmingham area.”