Softcat and HP sponsor the inaugural Independent Schools Association awards

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Softcat backed up its commitment to independent sector education last week by sponsoring the inaugural Independent Schools Association (ISA) Awards. Over 100 schools attended the glitzy gala dinner, held at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire and hosted by BBC TV presenter Juliet Morris.

Softcat’s head of education Nick Berry and HP’s Mark Davitt presented the ISA Financial Innovation award and IT Innovation award to Rushmoor School and the Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies respectively. HP also provided the Cambridge Centre with a Slate tablet.

Nick said of the event, “These awards serve as an important recognition of the achievements of independent schools, from innovative budgeting through to creating dynamic, interactive learning environments. We’re delighted to sponsor these awards and to be here celebrating their achievements with them.” He added, “As an IT provider to the education sector, we’re keen to work closely with independent schools and the ISA to help deliver solutions that enhance teaching and learning both in and out of school.”

Account manager Simon Brant, also in attendance, emphasised the importance for schools of finding the correct technology to support educational outcomes. “Teachers are always looking for new ways to inspire and engage young audiences in the classroom, to enhance the learning experience and reach students through technologies and devices they’re already familiar with. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes and the provision of suitable mobile devices help to facilitate an ‘anytime anywhere’ learning environment, giving students access to the tools and resources they need to thrive and reach the maximum levels of attainment. As is the case with all education, the Independent sector continually strives to deliver the highest of standards and it was fantastic to attend the awards and witness, first hand, the realisation of their successes.”

14 schools were honoured at the event, at which the ISA president Lord Lexden was in attendance.

Softcat is working alongside partners like HP to provide educational establishments with the best technologies for optimal learning and teaching environments. To discuss your establishment’s technology requirements, speak to education expert Softcat on education@softcat.com or 01628 403 160.

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