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.
We are really pleased to be part of a nationwide initiative which aims to develop, promote and celebrate digital learning in our classrooms. I am delighted that the experiences in digital learning upon which our children here at The Compass thrive and the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff in providing the creative and confident digital environment from which our children benefit has been recognised by these two major awards. All of us here at The Compass are proud to become one of the schools carrying the flag for digital technology and innovation in Scottish education and we look forward to continuing on this journey during the months and years ahead.
Today’s children need to be digitally competent which includes having an awareness of digital safety, etiquette and exposure to appropriate applications. At Kirkton of Largo, our pupils engage in high quality, rich learning experiences across the curriculum and use digital tools appropriately to support their learning. The Digital Schools Award Programme enabled us to assess and evaluate our provision in depth and confirmed digital skills were firmly embedded across the school. It also gave us the opportunity to share our work with others and plan future developments in digital technology.
Digital literacy is vital in our world: Digital Schools offers our learners the opportunity to develop skills that they will use throughout their lives. As a school with a Learning Centre, we also find that these skills enable our learners with significant additional needs to access the wider curriculum.
The use of digital technology is embedded in our provision, pedagogy and practice. Staff have a very positive 'can do' attitude and utilise digital technology to support children’s learning and parental engagement at all levels. This award has given us an opportunity to evaluate our practice, identify our strengths and consider further innovations and developments with our partners.
The Award Programme continues to have an impact on our digital learning in school as we link up with other schools using the programme through digital media and can share good practise and developments.
The award recognises the hard work by staff in our school but more importantly, the opportunities for all learners to gain the digital skills needed for the 21st century.
We are exceptionally pleased and immensely proud that our strong commitment to digital technology and innovative teaching has been recognised. We do not view digital technology as a substitute for excellent classroom teaching, but we do see how it can enhance the learning environment for all our pupils. All schools should ensure their pupils have a strong grasp of the educational power of digital platforms so that they are well prepared for life after school.
At Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we are committed to inspiring young people to develop their digital skills. This is why we are proud to support the Digital Schools Awards scheme, which allows us to work directly with schools to help improve learning and attainment. We look forward to working with Education Scotland to support the roll-out of the programme.
HP is spearheading the Digital Schools Awards programme in Scotland as we believe that the technology industry has a clear responsibility to help the next generation with their digital learning. The STEM worker shortfall is estimated to hit 40,000 annually in the UK and with an increasing number of jobs being created to meet the shifting demands of the digital economy, this gap is only going to widen. We have a responsibility to partner with teachers, government, parents, pupils and other industry leaders to enhance digital learning and close that skills gap.
HP is delighted to support the Digital Schools Awards programme which is gaining fantastic traction in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and we look forward to working with Education Scotland on the successful roll out of the programme in Scotland.