A talented teacher has been rewarded for his groundbreaking use of technology with a prestigious award.
Ray Chambers from Lodge Park Technology College graduated from university only four years ago, but last week he was given the Learning Without Frontiers award in the secondary school innovators category.
The awards are given to people who excel in the use of video games or social media to help children learn.
Mr Chambers, 25, won the award for his clever use of the XBox Kinect games console as a teaching aid.
The ICT teacher, who grew up in Corby and still lives in the town, has designed a series of applications to help students get the most of lessons.
He taught himself how to design the applications using a series of online video tutorials.
He said: “I went down to London to the awards and I really couldn’t believe it when they announced that I had won.
“I don’t even know who nominated me.
“Before I was nominated I didn’t know much about Learning Without Frontiers but then I found out that it’s like the Oscars of my field, so I am very surprised I won.
“I have always been interested in programming but there wasn’t the option to do ICT at my school so I couldn’t do a GCSE in it and had to teach myself.
“Thankfully I had the opportunity to do an A-Level in ICT, then during degree I came to Lodge Park as a technician. It was here I was encouraged to go into teaching the subject, and I’m glad I did.”
This is the second accolade Mr Chambers, a former Hazel Leys primary, Beanfield secondary and Prince William School pupil, has been given in recent months.
He has also been nominated as a finalist in the Microsoft Innovative Teachers forum and will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, in March to showcase the work he does with the Kinect.
If he is successful there, he will be invited to take part in the international finals in Greece later this year.
Pupil Roy Beattie, 15, said: “I’m just doing my GCSE now and I think the Kinect is making it really fun.
“It really helps us to understand the GCSE work.”