Earlier this week, as Chair of the Panel of Judges, I took part in the awards ceremony for Make IT Happy, the annual UK wide competition celebrating the positive and creative ways that the UK’s Primary schools are using technology.

About one hundred primary school children – representing the schools that were the Regional Winners – packed the Members’ Dining Room of the House of Commons (usually accompanied by their MPs) to receive their prizes from (in a nice bit of bi-cameralism) from the Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman.  The children’s excitement was palpable, as I read out the names of the National Winners – you can see how excited here.

The reality was that any of the Regional Winners could have won a national prize – they were all so good.  So congratulations to all the Schools and all the children involved.

Here are a few quotes from the children:

-          “This has been the best day of my life so far, the London Eye was scary, I got loads of photos for my mam to see”

-          “I had a great day out in London and I went to where the Prime Minister works and met students from other parts of the country.  I saw where the Queen lives from the London Eye”

-          “I had a fun day and was proud to win the money for my Primary School to buy new stuff”

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