Teachers excited for Inspire Learning as plan set out to implement game changing programme

Group of pupils with iPad's standing outside school building

Published: Friday, 24th May 2019

Our ground-breaking investment to transform all schools into world-class digital learning environments is making good progress as teachers start to get their hands on the technology.

Sessions for secondary teachers have been taking place giving them the chance to see and experience first-hand the digital technology which they will soon have in their own classrooms.

Teachers prepare for Inspire Learning

All secondary headteachers and their teams have also been taking part in digital learning strategy development sessions in order to plan and prepare for the implementation of Inspire Learning in their schools. This will see all secondary teachers being provided with iPads ahead of the summer break. They will receive full training before the devices are used in classrooms.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Education

“A key part of the Inspire Learning programme is to support secondary schools initially to develop digital strategies to ensure they can plan the implementation in their schools in order to maximise the benefits of having access to the latest, digital technology.

“The sessions have been extremely positive with fantastic enthusiasm from the headteachers and their teams. This is an exciting time and a huge amount of work is taking place to ensure schools are being supported every step of the way.

“The provision of iPads is only one part of this. It is a much bigger programme of change and improvement which will see all schools fitted out with the latest technology, Wi-Fi, as well as training and development for teachers which will give them a vast range of new opportunities and skills.

“Teachers do a fantastic job day in day out across all our schools and this programme will simply enhance this great work.”

Inspire Learning roll-out programme

The roll-out of the programme to high school pupils, as agreed at the full Council meeting on 28 February, will take place from August this year 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 High School – Winter term 2020
  • Berwickshire High School – Summer term 2020
  • Jedburgh High School (expect to be deployed to the new Jedburgh campus in 2020)

Jamie Bryson, Selkirk Headteacher

“When I initially saw the presentation from Apple I knew this was something that was going to have a real impact on teaching and learning in the Borders. This is a fundamental programme which will propel us forward in a way which will see huge benefit for teachers and pupils.

“Since being involved in further development sessions, it is clear that momentum is really building and we continue to be really motivated by the whole programme.

“We have already started to make good progress to plan for this being implemented in our school and are enjoying excellent clarity and support from the Apple team.”

Find out more about Inspire Learning

We have recently announced public events taking place in June which will give all parents, carers and other interested parties the chance to come along to Area Partnerships to find out more about the programme. These are being held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 6 June -  Berwickshire
  • Tuesday 11 June – Teviot and Liddesdale
  • Wednesday 12 June - Tweeddale
  • Wednesday 19 June – Cheviot
  • Thursday 27 June - Eildon

Find out more about the events, all welcome.