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Teacher Receives National Award For Innovative Use Of IT

A teacher who has used IT to bring lessons to life has been recognised with an award from the Independent Academies Association (IAA).

Assistant Principal Kirsty Farrar was nominated for the award by Nexus, a company which has been working with CBA to develop interesting ways of using IT in the classroom. 

Kirsty has used new technologies to engage students in learning - for instance, history students have been using moving face technology when studying film footage of Hitler's speeches, importing their own mouth movements and voices onto his image to alter some of his infamous words. 

Kirsty, pictured here with her award, has also been using flip cameras to develop students' use of animation. 

Nexus put Kirsty forward for an award for Innovative Use of Technology and it was awarded by the IAA, a national body which recognises outstanding contributions to developing educational processes. 

Principal Andrew Campbell said: "Kirsty is acknowledged by Nexus as being one of the outstanding practitioners they have worked with, both for her enthusiasm and for her ability to get students engaged in IT.

"For Kirsty, it's long overdue recognition of her excellent classroom practice, especially in using new approaches and making lessons exciting.

"It's also proof of the excellent work being done by teachers here and the enthusiasm of students to embrace new ideas and ways of working."

Kirsty, who is a History teacher and also Head of Aspirations, said: "I'm really pleased to have received the award- it's just one example of good practice that goes on within CBA. 

"The students have enjoyed using the new technologies and we're now looking to make a Nazi revision movie which they can use in preparation for their January GCSE papers."

 Nexus will continue to work with all staff at CBA to further develop the use of IT in the classroom.