INNOVATION and creative flair was rewarded when a Medina College student won a national competition.

Finn McCabe's solution to improving home learning was judged the best out of 300 entries.

In June, during the period of lockdown and school closures, InvestIN Education set a challenge for students aged 12 to 18.

Students were asked to propose one big idea to transform virtual learning in any school activity.

They were asked to think of a bold innovation that could help — whether carrying out practical lab work at home, virtually delivering crucial life skills, or recreate the fun of face-to-face contact with friends.

Finn’s winning innovation was ‘The e-School’ — a dynamic virtual school with a 3D environment and video whiteboard.

The e-school also had a particular focus on providing virtual learning support assistants, ensuring students stay on-task and are comfortable with online home-learning.

Finn produced a video in which he presented his idea, which can be viewed on Youtube below.

InvestIN Education said: "The e-School was the overwhelming favourite among the judging panel.

"They were delighted to hear Finn’s innovation and creative flair towards solving the issues faced by many students during the lockdown period, as well as his clear compassion for improving the education of those who need the most support.”

Finn’s prize was a £50 Amazon voucher and a free place at one of InvestIN Education’s careers education programmes.

Finn has chosen to take part in the computer science programme.

Julia Larcombe, SEND manager at Medina College, said: “We are incredibly proud of Finn and his achievement.

"As a student with SEN, Finn decided to enter the competition off his own back, realising during lockdown that having access to support in lessons is just as important online as in school.

"His innovative thinking is something that will support other students in the future, which is incredible.”