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Grimsby Institute awarded EdTech Demonstrator College status

We are delighted to announce that the Grimsby Institute has been awarded the status of EdTech Demonstrator College by the Department for Education.

Inclusion within this prestigious programme further recognises the Institute, which forms part of the TEC Partnership, as one of the country’s leading colleges in its use of technology to support teaching and learning.

As part of the initiative, the Institute will share its transformative use of technology to support other providers through advice, guidance and training. Sharing its tried and tested digital methods with others will help to empower learners, reduce teacher workload, create efficiencies and improve accessibility across the sector.

An Ofsted Outstanding provider, the Institute has also been awarded Microsoft Showcase College status as well as the Canvas Inspiration and Innovation Award. These accolades recognise how staff use technological advancements to empower their learners, including virtual subject-specialist guest speakers, paper-free courses and reduced barriers to learning.

Deborah Millar, Executive Group Director of Digital Learning Technology, said: “I am thrilled to hear that Grimsby Institute has been recognised for its digital excellence and chosen to be a Demonstrator College for the Department for Education.

“The next few months are going to be a transformative period for the many. We hope that the lessons we have learned over the past few years can be shared to help ease the digital journey for others as well as provide methods of creating more engaging, accessible teaching and learning experiences. Ultimately, we want to be part of a partnership that demonstrates what digital learning could, and should feel like.”

The Institute has also been recognised for the way in it has conducted remote teaching and learning during the lockdown, following a virtual visit by Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills.

Mrs Keegan commented: “From chatting with staff and dropping into a range of online lessons, you can clearly see that innovation and enthusiasm have kept the show on the road for their learners, bringing some much needed structure and sense of community during what is a difficult time.

“As someone who has worked in the tech sector, I know it is a great leveller which creates huge opportunities for young people. Everyone at Grimsby Institute is doing a great job at adapting to this new way of studying, and the technical skills students will have gained during this period will serve them so well as they move forward and look for jobs.”