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Inverness primary earns digital award from Education Scotland

By Alasdair Fraser

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Lochardiil Primary digital award
Lochardiil Primary digital award

AN Inverness primary school has become the latest locally to earn a top national award for the use of digital technology in learning.

Lochardil Primary picked up the accolade from Scottish Government executive agency Education Scotland, with the recently received certificate now taking pride of place at the school.

Digital Schools Awards, in conjunction with technology businesses HP and Microsoft, promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital learning.

Lochardil’s success, after a validation visit in December last year, follows similar awards in 2020 to schools including Drakies and Daviot primaries.

Lochardil head teacher Audrey Kellacher said: “We self-assessed our progress and our achievements with regards to our digital skills here at Lochardil and decided we were ready to be validated by Digital Schools Awards Scotland.

“We are absolutely delighted that not only were we successful in receiving the Digital Schools Award, but we have been asked to be a mentor school for any other schools wishing to undertake this digital journey in the future.

“I’d like to thank all staff and pupils for embracing this world of digital technology that we find ourselves immersed in, and for going the extra digital mile to provide wonderful learning opportunities and making our pupils prepared for a digital future within a digital world.”

Given current lockdown restrictions, Lochardil’s validation visit was carried out virtually.

Mrs Kellacher added: “This in itself was an opportunity and an absolute pleasure to showcase our innovative uses and ways of using our technology and digital learning experiences within, through and about our curriculum for all our learners including staff, children, parents/carers and community partners.”

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