Cochrane Castle Primary School has achieved national ‘Digital School’ status for excellence in digital technology in teaching and learning.

The Johnstone school was one of 22 primary schools from cities and towns across Scotland who were recognised for their use of digital technology in the classroom at the Digital Schools Award ceremony.

More than 40 Scottish primary schools are now recognised as ‘Digital Schools’ for their dedication and innovation in areas of leadership and vision, digital technology for learning and teaching, school culture, professional development and resources and infrastructure.

The award – recognised by Education Scotland and supported by HP, Microsoft and Intel – puts a spotlight on good digital practice in schools and encourages more to make the best use of digital technology in the classroom.

Headteacher of Cochrane Castle, Pam McDowell, said: “Everyone at the school is proud of this achievement. I’m passionate about providing our pupils with the best learning experience and I firmly believe digital technology can support learning in the classroom.

“Education is always evolving and teaching lessons using digital technology is just the next logical step. With more and more people using digital technology in everyday life, their job and for leisure, it is even more important that children and young people have digital skills.”

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, said: “This programme positively impacts upon pupils’ motivation to learn as well as recognising achievement by teachers and schools in advancing the integration of technology in the classroom. I commend all the primary schools receiving their digital schools award on their great achievement.”

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener for Education and Children’s Services, said: “I’d like to congratulate the teachers and support staff at Cochrane Castle. Digital technology offers a modern learning experience for children and young people and it is great to see another Renfrewshire school being recognised for its digital excellence.”

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