Lundavra Primary School scoop digital award
Issued by Digital Schools Awards
Lundavra Primary leads the way in digital teaching and learning as one of Scotland’s first ‘Digital Schools’.
Lundavra Primary School has gained national ‘Digital School’ status for excellence in digital technology in teaching and learning.
21 primary schools were officially awarded the honour of being recognised as the first digital schools in Scotland by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, at a ceremony held at Wormit Primary School (Fife) today.
Recognised by Education Scotland, the Digital Schools Award is designed to promote, encourage and reward schools that make the best use of digital technology in the classroom. HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel are providing support to the programme, including a financial commitment of £110,000 in the first year as well as the provision of practical support and resources.
Lundavra Primary demonstrated, among other things, the presence of a whole school digital strategy, evidence of how digital technology is being used to enhance learning and a commitment to ongoing professional learning for teachers. The programme has already highlighted some very innovative and collaborative approaches from schools and teachers regarding the integration of digital technology in teaching and learning, which will be an inspiration to other schools.
One in nine primary schools in Scotland, some 195 schools, have signed up to become a Digital School since the launch of the programme in September 2016. The programme aims to sign up 400 primary schools in Scotland to participate in its first full year.
Nick Thomson, Headteacher at Lundavra Primary, said he was delighted with the award, “From the very beginning of the new school, the vision for the use of new digital technologies and creating the right infrastructure was at the forefront of our planning. We worked closely with the Highland ICT in Learning team to develop our ideas on how technology can support high quality teaching and learning in the classroom and at home.”
Speaking about the awards programme Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, said: “Digital skills are an integral part of our everyday lives, and as such it is absolutely essential that we give young people the opportunities to understand and use them properly. The Digital Schools Awards Programme is a fantastic example of industry supporting education in Scotland and helping ensure our young people develop the skills and opportunities to flourish.”
Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director at Education Scotland said: “The Digital Schools Awards Programme is a very valuable approach to embedding digital learning in primary schools. It fully supports and promotes the vision set out in the Government’s Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland. I am delighted to see these first set of awards being presented and the number of schools registering for the programme continuing to grow. I encourage all primary schools in Scotland who have not yet done so, to sign up to the programme.”
Neil Sawyer, Education Director at HP, commented: “HP believes that the technology sector has a responsibility to support schools and ensure that the next generation is equipped with the knowledge needed to close the STEM and creative skills gap, and drive the economy of tomorrow. Being recognised as a Digital School is a great achievement and an important milestone. We congratulate the 21 schools receiving awards today.
“Scotland performs very well in terms of integrating technology in the curriculum’, said Jane Grey, Sales Leader at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Scotland. We are proud to be part of the Digital Schools Awards initiative which is making a practical contribution to helping schools make the most of their digital capabilities. I would encourage more schools to sign up to the programme to take advantage of the comprehensive supports and expertise on offer.”
Primary schools are encouraged to register for the programme, which is free to all schools, through the www.digitalschoolsofdistinction.co.uk website where they can undergo a self-evaluation of current practices and standards.
The list of ‘Digital Schools’ in Scotland is;
- Bathgate Early Years Centre
- Beith Primary School
- Blackfriars Primary School
- Bonhill Primary School
- Calside Primary School
- Dalry Primary School
- Echt School
- Kelvinside Academy
- Kildrum Primary School
- Kingswells Primary School
- Kinlochleven Primary School
- Kirkton Of Largo Primary School
- Lundavra Primary School
- Mearns Primary School
- Netherlee Primary School
- Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School
- Rosebank Primary School
- The Compass School
- The Edinburgh Academy Junior School
- Whitehirst Primary School
- Wormit Primary School