Outstanding IT

Monday 15 February 2016

Bedford College is shortlisted in the Times Educational Supplement (TES)  awards for its ‘Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching and learning’.


The TES is the bible of educationalists and Bedford College is highlighted among FE college for its pioneering use of IT.

Bedford College has been leading the way in the UK with a technology-based system for monitoring student performance on vocational qualifications 

The project for ‘tailored modular extensions for qualification progress tracking and personal learning planning (PLP)’  was pioneered by the college’s IT experts and has been selected as one of only 16 in the country to be developed and shared across the sector with an initial £50,000 in funding from the University for Industry (Ufi) Trust. The Trust hopes the tech-based projects will revolutionise digital learning for adult learners.

The VocLearnTech projects were launched at an event held (October 8) at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce building, in London, which was attended guests from across the tech and education sectors.

Ufi chief executive Rebecca Garrod-Waters told guests that 200 different organisations had submitted applications for funding to develop tech-based education ideas since April, through the VocLearnTech scheme, which was whittled down to 16.

Bedford College Director of Information and Learning Technologies Roy Currie said: “We are working on a suite of tools which others in the FE sector can use, as we do, with the open source Moodle system to create a simple system for staff and students to use to input data and track progress. 

“We hope to expand this to those in the broader adult learning community which will include local authorities and the voluntary sector who struggle to combine commercial software with systems suitable for the tracking of training.”

Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of Bedford College says: 

“I am very proud that Bedford College’s Learning Technologies team is improving student learning across the country through this exciting project.”