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National digital award for Kellands Primary School


By Kyle Ritchie

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Kellands Primary in Inverurie has become a Digital School in Scotland.

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 had to complete a rigorous self-evaluation process which 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.

Kellands Primary has been awarded the Digital Schools Awards Scotland.
Kellands Primary has been awarded the Digital Schools Awards Scotland.

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.

Head teacher Graeme Mollison said: “Receiving this prestigious award is down to the hard work of all the staff at Kellands.

"I am very proud of what they have done with their hard work, creativity and dedication.”

The school went through an extensive process to achieve the accolade.
The school went through an extensive process to achieve the accolade.

Councillor Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s services committee chairwoman, said: “It is great to see the leadership and continuous professional development shown by Graeme Mollison and the technology team given the recognition it deserves.

"There have been environmental and monetary benefits to the school’s approach and a desire to equip children with the digital skills they need to succeed.”

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

Committee vice-chairwoman councillor Rosemary Bruce said: “Many congratulations to Graeme Mollison and his dedicated team.

"I am delighted to see Kellands School has been chosen as a mentor school as I am sure the learning will be invaluable to other schools in Aberdeenshire.”

For more information about the Digital Schools Award Scotland visit www.digitalschoolsawards.co.uk

Related story: National recognition continues for Banff Academy


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