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Teachers from Sydenham School Selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts


Recognized as global leaders in using technology to transform education

25th August 2017, London, Sydenham Girls’ School

Michelle Warner and Sherene Forrest were announced today as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts joining the more than 6,700 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.

Mark Guest, an existing MIE Expert and Deputy Headteacher at Sydenham School said: “We are delighted that Microsoft have recognized the fantastic work that Michelle and Sherene do with our students each and every day to engage and inspire the next generation of female coders and computer scientists, as well as the work they do across the school to share the power of technology for learning with colleagues.”

As MIE Experts, educators build their capacity for using technology in both the classroom and curriculum to improve student learning, advise Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways and be an advocate at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning.

“Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of educators applying new ways of teaching and learning in their classrooms that motivate students and empower them to achieve more,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “We celebrate and support the work they do every day!”

To learn more about the MIE Expert program, you can find out more here. If you are an educator and interested in joining the MIE program, you can begin by joining the Microsoft Educator Community, where you can learn and grow professionally, exchange ideas and learn from others, and make connections globally and earn recognition. 


Send My Friend To School Campaign


This year, as every year, Sydenham students have been involved in the Campaign for Global education’s ‘Send my Friend to School’ campaign. The campaign is focused on putting pressure on world leaders to commit funds to support education in developing nations. Students in all year groups had assemblies explaining about the ‘Sustainable Development Goal’ signed up to by world leaders in 2015.


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2015 – 2030 - all children worldwide complete a free good quality primary & secondary school


They then learnt that this goal does not look likely to be achieved without a massive increase in funding from more developed nations.  There are currently 263 million children worldwide are not in school, most of whom are girls. Year 7 and 8 responded to the assemblies by engaging in tutor time activities designing jigsaw pieces that explained the missing piece in achieving this goal. On Thursday we invited our new Labour MP Ellie Reeves to come into school and visit their assembly. Ellie was very impressed by the speeches made by Year 7 and 8 students and by the amount of work they had put into drawing attention to this important issue. She promised that she would take their work back to parliament with her and that she would write to the Secretary of State for International Development explaining how passionately the students at Sydenham felt about this issue. She was so impressed by a poster made by students in 7E that she said she would put it up on the wall of her office!

It is wonderful to have a woman MP representing Lewisham West and Penge for the first time and we will be inviting Ellie back into school to speak to students about her journey from being a student at Adamsrill Primary school to representing her local community in parliament.



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