Inspire Learning project moves forward as teachers begin preparations

Published: 28th June 2019

Lady holds iPad in front of colourful sign

Our ground-breaking £16m programme to transform all schools into world-class digital learning environments has reached a key stage.

All secondary school teachers have been kitted out with iPads during dedicated Inspire Learning sessions throughout June.

This will allow them to become familiar with their devices over the summer break before the first pupils receive their tablets from August this year.

Teacher sessions conclude

The final session took place on Friday 28 June at Peebles High School.

Anne Delaney, Computing and Business Studies Teacher at Peebles High:

“The sessions have been really good. Inspire will make learning more accessible to all, with every pupil able to access materials both in the classroom and at home.”

Sam Swinton, Drama Teacher at Peebles High:

“It’s something I’m really excited about. I think it’s going to open up a wealth of possibilities for our kids in terms of things like set design and performance evaluations. This is a great new chapter for drama in education.”

Chris Dolan, Art and Design Teacher from Selkirk High School was one of the first teachers to get set-up with his iPad:

“I think this programme is going to see huge changes in teaching and learning - in the way I go about my lessons and plan for them as well as improving pupil engagement and even how pupils give me feedback on a piece of work they’ve been doing. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to start to use them in the classroom in the upcoming sessions.”

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Education said:

“The sessions with secondary teachers have been extremely positive, with fantastic enthusiasm from the teachers. This is an exciting time for all our schools and a huge amount of work is taking place to ensure schools are being supported every step of the way.”

The estimated roll-out plan for secondary pupils to receive their iPads is currently 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 Grammar School - expect to be deployed to the new campus in 2020

The primary school roll-out will take place after the secondary schools, with plans to be announced in due course.

A full ongoing training programme for teachers and dedicated support will be in place as part of the programme.

Find out more about the project including answers to any questions you may have.