Meldrum Academy scoops top European Award for Digital Education Practices

Meldrum Academy has become one of the first schools in Europe to achieve European Digital Schools Awards status.

By Dawn Renton
Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 7:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 7:21 am
Pupils with depute headteacher Liegha Laing and headteacher Ian Jackson.
Pupils with depute headteacher Liegha Laing and headteacher Ian Jackson.

The Digital Schools Awards European programme was created to encourage and recognise innovation, collaboration and skills development in digital technology amongst schools. It is backed by the European Commissions’ Erasmus+ programme, national government bodies including Education Scotland and leading technology companies led by HP.

Only 90 secondary schools across Europe were selected to take part in the initiative which is being piloted in five countries – Ireland, Lithuania, Scotland, Serbia and Slovenia, and it is the first of its kind to be available across the continent.

Meldrum Academy is the first school in Scotland to receive the award which recognises and celebrates best practice in digital education.

To achieve European Digital Schools status, the school had to demonstrate strong leadership in digital education and provide sufficient access to resources and infrastructure. Their school culture, professional development strategies and teaching practices were also assessed as part of the submission.

Ian Jackson, headteacher said: “To be one of the first schools in Europe to receive this award is a fantastic achievement, which our whole school community is very proud of.

“Both our teachers and pupils have worked incredibly hard, and in particular during the pandemic, to develop and embed digital learning into the curriculum. Ensuring that our pupils have access to the equipment, resources and support to develop their skills and literacy in this area has been top of our agenda for some time, but the European Digital Schools Award programme has given us the momentum to drive forward new strategies.

“The European Digital Schools Award has opened up channels for collaboration, both within our school community and with counterparts in other countries, which will allow us to build close working relationships with educational professionals across Europe.

“We are very proud of the achievements of our school, and we will continue to share best practices with others across the continent.”

Anna Doody from Digital Schools Awards said: “We know that schools across Europe have taken great strides in recent years to integrate digital practices into their teaching, and one of the most important and valuable aspects of the European Digital Schools Awards is the ability to network with counterparts in other parts of the world.

“By connecting schools, we hope to bring attention to innovations happening elsewhere in the continent and encourage collaboration by opening more channels for knowledge sharing across borders.”

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