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Ormiston Primary scoop digital award

Published Thursday 22nd June 17

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Ormiston Primary has gained national ‘Digital School’ status for excellence in digital technology in teaching and learning, the first East Lothian Council School to do so.

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, Microsoft and Intel are providing support to the programme, including a financial commitment as well as the provision of practical support and resources.  

Ormiston Primary School 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 seven primary schools in Scotland, some 305 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.

Helen Gardyne, Head Teacher at Ormiston Primary School, said:

“Digital learning has been at the heart of our school for several years. The children and staff are experts at knowing when to use technology to enhance their learning and how to effectively share it with others in and out of our school building.  We are very proud that the innovation and enthusiasm for trailblazing in this area of education has been recognised nationally and we look forward to developing our skills even further.”

David Gilmour, Learning Technologist at East Lothian Council, said:

“Ormiston Primary is an innovative school where every opportunity presented by available digital technologies is exploited to improve learning. Staff and learners – especially the “Digital Ninja” student leaders - have not only improved their learning experiences and their own digital skills, they have also found time to help pioneer a number of new technologies now in use throughout East Lothian. I am pleased to see their efforts recognised in this way.”

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.”

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.

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.

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