Information Technology education prizes to be won in National Schools Quiz

Becta - National Schools QuizThe Next Generation Learning National Schools Quiz is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, aged eight and nine years old in schools all across Britain. It will be taking place on Friday 12th March and has been organized by the government agency for technology in education, Becta. Becta hopes to see thousands of Key Stage 2 primary school children compete simultaneously all across the country, in the battle to become the ‘Brainiest school in Britain’.

The nationwide schools quiz will be an exclusively online competition, via the National Education Network (NEN), demonstrating the effect and innovative use of technology in your child’s learning. Becta will be awarding the winning pupil’s school up to £3,000 worth of ICT equipment or training. The online knowledge quiz will be covering curriculum areas such as history, science, citizenship, numeracy and literacy.

The online competition is part of Becta’s Next Generation Learning campaign, which enables schools, teachers and parents to take charge and use technology to its full potential in education. It allows you to get fully involved in your child’s education, pupils learn how, when and where they want, plus it helps schools train teachers efficiently and effectively.

Becta’s objectives for the National Schools Quiz are to demonstrate the effective use of technology within schools on a national level, to engage learners of ages 8 to 9 in technology within the classroom and to encourage schools to sign up to and proceed through the Next Generation Learning Charter. In addition to this, Becta hope to encourage schools and parents to use their Learning Platform. This online interactive feature enables pupils and teachers to access learning resources, online storage and tools for communication and management not just within school, but from outside it too.

Becta aims to raise awareness of the Next Generation Learning campaign by engaging schools and learners through the National Schools Quiz in such a way that demonstrates the benefits of using technology in education. Becta hopes that this will then lead to an increase in technology usage in schools all over the Britain.

Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology in learning. Becta’s ambition is to utilise the benefits of technology to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their true potential.

Schools can register for the nationwide quiz on the National Education Network website. More information about Becta and how they can help benefit your child’s education can be read at www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/nsq