First school in the Borders benefits from Inspire Learning

Published: 17th September 2019

Overhead shot of pupils at a desk with iPads

The Scottish Borders is leading the way when it comes to transforming the lives of children and young people as our ground-breaking Inspire Learning programme reaches another key milestone.

Selkirk High School is the first school to benefit from the programme.

All 34 teachers and over 400 pupils now having access to the latest digital technology which aims to enhance their learning, improve attainment and promote equality. 

Just the start

Selkirk is just the first of nine high schools which will be fully deployed with Inspire Learning during 2019/20, with primary schools to follow in 2020/21.  
Our £16m investment over a ten-year period in Inspire Learning aims to transform all schools into world class digital learning spaces and includes investment in improved WiFi, Apple TVs, and teacher training. 
At the core of the Inspire Programme is investment in professional development for every teacher in Scottish Borders. All 522 high school teachers across the Borders received an iPad, along with induction training before the summer break, ahead of schedule, to allow them to become familiar with the technology. Deployment to new staff is well underway. 
The Inspire Learning training team will be deployed in every secondary school in the Borders this year offering expert, bespoke professional learning and support to staff in order to effectively deliver teaching and learning with technology in the classroom.   

The programme is future-proofed, with devices refreshed after every four years. Over the course of the ten-year programme, 33,000 iPads will be deployed with more than 11,000 iPads being in circulation at any point.  

All secondary schools to benefit

Inspire Learning is scheduled to be deployed to:

  • Kelso, Hawick and Earlston High Schools before Christmas this year
  •  Peebles, Galashiels and Eyemouth are scheduled for the Winter term 2020
  • Berwickshire High is scheduled for the summer term 2020
  • Jedburgh Grammar rolled out to the new campus in 2020

Jamie Bryson, Headteacher of Selkirk High School

“There has been great excitement across the school about Inspire Learning. Our teaching staff have fully embraced the technology and students are already experiencing a more creative and collaborative learning experience.  
“We have had great feedback already from parents as well as students and all teachers are working together to maximise the benefits of this technology for the future.” 

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Education

“We are extremely proud of this programme. It is one of the biggest and most ambitious digital learning projects in the country which we aim to deliver in the shortest time. 
“There has been a huge amount of work gone into the roll-out to teachers and the first pupils and the feedback even within the first week has been delightful. Already we are hearing stories of improved pupil engagement, behaviour, increased participation and better communication.
“We are even receiving excellent feedback from parents including those who have children with dyslexia who are benefitting from the technology. This is what our young people deserve. It is an investment in their future and we are very excited to continue the roll-out to the rest of our schools in the Borders.”