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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.

Digital revolution

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 Learning.

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 programme partners.

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."

Raising attainment

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 footsteps."

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 programme."

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 Website

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