Royal Hospital School honoured as one of Edtech 50

The Royal Hospital School has been named a winner of the Edtech 50 Schools award in recognition of its focused approach to the use of technology in teaching and learning – as well as the resulting positive impact on educational outcomes

The awards, held at the House of Lords on 8 May, celebrated effective use of education technology in the UK, along with individuals who have played a leading role in its development.

Hamish MacKenzie, Apple distinguished educator and head of digital learning at the school, said: “Mobile learning has been significant in the development of teaching and learning at the school for over six years. 

“We are an Apple Regional Training Centre and a national ‘Beacon of Good Practice’ for online safety.

“Within our technology curriculum, the ‘Compass’ module comprises a carousel of digital skills, coding, creativity, workflows and problem-solving exercises to develop digital literacy. 

“We are delighted to be named one of 50 schools nationally recognised for our excellent use of technology to positively impact on children’s learning.”

The judges commended the school on its comprehensive and ambitious use of technology and was noted for making learning as relevant, contemporary, contextualised and interesting as possible.

The Edtech 50 Schools initiative was launched with the support of The Education Foundation, Intel, NetSupport, ISC Digital Strategy Group, the Chartered College of Teaching, TES and Jisc. 

It has been designed to celebrate schools from across the UK using education technology to support teaching and learning.

MacKenzie attended Bett this year to give a talk, where he explained how the school has incorporated cybersecurity into the curriculum, teaching students about passwords, coding, digital citizenship and cyberbullying.

The Royal Hospital School is a boarding and day school for 11 to 18-year-olds.