Inspire Learning latest FAQs

Is Inspire Learning being funded from specific Scottish Government funding?

No, it is funded entirely from our budget.

Is Inspire Learning taking funding away from using money to employ teachers etc?

No, this is an additional investment on top of what is already invested in Education.  

How is the delivery of the programme being managed?

An Inspire Learning Board oversees the programme and is chaired by our Chief Executive. A project manager and project team is in place and working with our partners, CGI, XMA and Apple, and schools to deliver the programme.

What support is in place for teachers?

A full training and development programme is in place for teachers. We are absolutely committed to supporting all teachers with training and development as part of the programme.  

Will schools have spare iPads for new starts etc?

Yes, all schools will have access to a supply of devices for this purpose, as well as to allow for any breakages etc.

Will teachers have the ability to lock screens/freeze iPads for pupils in class?


Can teachers see the pupils’ history?


Will teachers have ‘targets’ around how often they should be using the technology in class?

No, but we will be expecting teachers to engage fully in the programme and maximise all opportunities to use the technology wherever possible. We will have oversight of data which will show the level of use across all schools.  

Through the training and development programme, best practice within the Borders, and the wider community of global Apple users will be shared with teachers to support them in making the best possible use of the technology in learning and teaching.

Can my child get a keyboard?

Yes, we will provide equipment such as keyboards to pupils on a case by case basis depending on the requirement(s) and needs of the pupils.

Will there be charging points in school?


When will my school get Inspire Learning?

Secondary schools will be implemented first. All secondary teachers received their iPads before the summer break 2019. The roll-out to high school pupils will take place from August 2019 through to June next year. 

It is currently planned to happen as follows:

  • Selkirk High School – August/September 2019
  • Kelso High School – Autumn term 2019
  • Hawick High School – Autumn term 2019
  • Earlston High School – Autumn term 2019
  • Peebles High School – Winter term 2020
  • Eyemouth High School – Winter term 2020
  • Galashiels Academy – Winter term 2020
  • Berwickshire High School – Summer term 2020
  • Jedburgh High School (expect to be deployed to the new Jedburgh campus in 2020)

The primary school roll-out will happen after the secondary schools, in the Autumn term 2020.