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Kellands Primary's Digital Schools Awards achievement recognised by UK Parliament

By Kyle Ritchie

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Kellands Primary has been commended in the UK Parliament for becoming one of Scotland’s Digital Schools.

The Inverurie school had to complete a rigorous self-evaluation programme, demonstrating its excellence in integrating digital technology into learning and teaching to be awarded the Education Scotland accolade.

The parliamentary recognition comes after Gordon MP Richard Thomson lodged an Early Day Motion congratulating the school for receiving the prestigious award.

He put forward the motion on Wednesday, June 9, praising the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm of the staff at the school.

Kellands Primary School has been commended in the UK Parliament for its Digital Schools Awards Scotland success.
Kellands Primary School has been commended in the UK Parliament for its Digital Schools Awards Scotland success.

Mr Thomson said: “I have had the pleasure in the past of taking part in some of Kellands Primary School’s digital learning by creating a video for their ‘Be Internet Legends’ assembly.

"As we live, work and socialise in an increasingly digital world, the next generation must grow up learning in a digitally-blended way where teaching is enhanced by technology. Kellands have demonstrated this wonderfully.

“Being named a Digital School is a great achievement. I would like to congratulate all of the staff and pupils at Kellands Primary School on this tremendous achievement and wish them all the best as they continue developing their digitally-integrated learning.”

Gordon MP Richard Thomson.
Gordon MP Richard Thomson.

The Digital Schools Awards Scotland is a three-step programme to help schools assess progress and recognise excellence in the use of digital technology at nursery, primary, special education, and secondary levels.

In order to receive the award, Kellands Primary's self-evaluation process included demonstrating the school has an acceptable usage policy, digital technology plan, website and writing a short statement outlining recent achievements and highlighting the use of tools, practices or initiatives.

The school was then assessed by an external validator who met the head teacher, visited classrooms, and evaluated the self-assessment submission against a variety of criteria.

In her general recommendation, external validator Joanna Maclean, said: “Kellands Primary School recognise they are on a journey; they have come a long way, but they have ambitious plans for continuous improvement.

"I feel certain they will build on their successes to date, and continue to grow together.”

She paid special tribute to the school’s technology team for their enthusiasm, drive and selfless approach to assisting those who need help the most.

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