Plugged-in schools pick up digital award
2 May 2018
Thirty-eight schools from around Scotland
have been awarded "Digital School" status for their excellence in
digital teaching and learning.
The schools - including the first three secondary schools to
achieve the accolade - join 43 schools accredited last year through
the Digital Schools Awards Programme, developed to support,
encourage and recognise schools in their efforts to integrate
digital technology across the curriculum.
The programme, which is free to all schools, offers resources to
schools seeking to do more with technology in their classrooms to
improve the learning experience and provide students with the
skills to thrive in a digital world.
A total of 668 schools, or one in four in Scotland, have signed
up to the programme, which is operated by HP, Microsoft and Intel
in partnership with Education Scotland and Skills Development
Scotland with support from the Department of Education and Lifelong
The awards were marked by Science Minister Shirley-Anne
Somerville, who visited one of the schools to be accredited -
Tulliallan Primary in Fife - to meet with pupils, teachers and
She said: "The digital technologies sector makes a significant
contribution to employment and economic growth in Scotland and is
on track to be the fastest growing part of the economy to 2024.
"To fully benefit from the sector's global opportunities, we
must ensure our young people are prepared with the digital skills
required for the workplace."
Steven Grier, Country Manager, Microsoft Scotland, said: "The
Digital Schools Programme is a fantastic example of how we, as an
industry, are committed to supporting the next generation and
ensuring that all young people acquire the skills they need to
thrive in the modern digital workplace.
"We are proud to be part of this exciting initiative and look
forward to seeing how it further enables students in Scotland to
better prepare for the world of work and keep Scotland at the
forefront of the current digital revolution."
Claire Gillespie, Digital Technologies Sector Skills Manager at
Skills Development Scotland, said: "With Scotland's digital
technologies sector offering a huge array of opportunities for new
entrants, it's vital that we help our young people develop their
interest and enthusiasm in the digital world
"I'd like to congratulate all the schools receiving their
accreditation and encourage others to follow in their
Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director, Education Scotland said: "We
know that making effective use of digital technology helps to raise
learners' attainment, ambition and future careers opportunities, so
we need to ensure that our children and young people develop their
digital skills from the earliest age.
"I'm delighted to see so many schools and establishments from
across Scotland involved in the Digital Schools Award
Find out more
Schools are encouraged to register through the
www.digitalschoolsawards.co.uk website, where they can self
evaluate their own current practices and standards.
Source - Skills Development Scotland