East Renfrewshire schools scoop prestigious digital awards
Mearns and Netherlee primary schools' achieve 'Digital School' status.
Two East Renfrewshire schools have gained 'Digital School' status, as recognition for leading the way with digital teaching and learning.
Mearns and Netherlee primaries are amongst the first schools in the country to be honoured with the national award.
Representatives from both schools attended a ceremony to receive their awards, when Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville presented the honours to the 21 schools being recognised.
The Digital Schools Award is designed to promote, encourage and reward schools that make the best use of digital technology in the classroom. Recognised by Education Scotland, the awards are also supported by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel, including a financial commitment of £110,000 in the first year as well as the provision of practical support and resources.
We are committed to promoting and embracing digital learning for all our pupils to ensure they receive the best experiences possible. All our schools deliver excellent experiences and with our budget commitment to introducing 3D learning to all our schools, as well as providing tablets for more than 1,250 school children who are from less affluent households, it will ensure we continue to lead the way. Mearns and Netherlee primaries are to be congratulated for being amongst the first schools in Scotland to gain this recognition and I'm sure we will have more to come in the years ahead. Well done to all the staff and pupils for such a fantastic achievement.
Councillor Elaine Green - Convener for Education
Both Mearns and Netherlee primaries 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.
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.
The programme offers a real opportunity for primary schools to build on their digital capabilities. This prestigious accolade is testament to the hard work and dedication of our whole school community. We are one of the largest schools in Scotland so we can use a wide range of technology to ensure all of our children have equal opportunity to enhance their skills development. This award is recognition of the quality learning and teaching experiences our staff have created in conjunction with our pupils using digital technologies.
Catherine Dillon Ruddy - Headteacher at Mearns Primary
We are delighted to be one of the first schools in Scotland to receive this recognition for our digital learning. Everyone at the school has really embraced digital learning and it is a key part of life at Netherlee. We look forward to continuing to improve the experiences on offer to our children and will continue to work closely with other schools in the area to share our knowledge and best practice.
Joanne Scott - Headteacher at Netherlee Primary