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Entries for the Next Generation Learning Awards 2009 close on 31 July




                                            Final call for technology innovators


Entries for the Next Generation Learning Awards 2009 close on 31 July



With the closing date of 31 July fast approaching, Becta, the lead agency for technology in education, is encouraging colleges and training providers to enter the Next Generation Learning Awards 2009. 

The awards aim to identify and reward learning providers throughout the UK, who approach technology in outstanding or inventive ways. Colleges and training providers are spearheading innovations ranging from developing the first further education television channel to adapting software originally developed for the defence industry to support students.

Becta’s Chief Executive Stephen Crowne said:

“The Next Generation Learning Awards recognise and reward those providers who are using technology to benefit learners. I would encourage entries from those who are bringing learning to life through technology, so we can reward their hard work and innovation.


Colleges, work-based learning providers, adult and community learning organisations and the voluntary sector are all beginning to embrace the benefits of technology. If all FE providers used technology effectively, it would radically change the face of education and training, so we are proud to celebrate those leading the way.”


Ruth Silver, Principal of Lewisham College, said:


“These awards pay tribute to the wonderful practice common to many colleges and providers and allow us to celebrate the success of some of the most innovative practitioners in the field.”


There are six sector categories, with winners receiving a cash prize to spend on technology equipment, provision or training. A seventh award will be voted for by learners, who can nominate institutions that use technology to improve their learning experience. The sector categories are:


  • Work Based Learning
  • Adult and Community Learning
  • Offender Skills
  • General FE
  • Independent Specialist Colleges
  • Voluntary Sector

Entry forms and more information can be obtained from or by contacting the awards team on email at [email protected], or by telephone on 024 7641 6994. 








For more information please contact:

Gemma Bottery on 020 7299 8786 or [email protected]

Francesca Rivett-Carnac on 0207 299 8760 or

[email protected]

Notes to Editors:

About the Next Generation Learning Awards

  • This year’s Next Generation Learning Awards has seven categories, including an award nominated by learners
  • Winners will receive a cash prize to spend on ICT equipment, provision or training
  • The closing date for nominations is Thursday 31 July 2008


About Becta

Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning. It is Becta’s ambition 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 potential.

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