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Pupils set for £600k digital skill scheme lift

Computer giants MicrosoftHP and Intel are giving £600,000 to Scottish schools to give pupils ­digital skills.

The Digital Schools Awards scheme aims to encourage high schools to make computer skills a core part of the curriculum.

Already a success in primary schools, the programme has now been extended to secondaries.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, launched the scheme yesterday in Clydebank.

She said: “A key priority in shaping the Scottish Government’s Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy has been to align the needs of employers with the curriculum. I welcome HPMicrosoft and Intel support on this digital schools’ programme which is a fantastic example of industry supporting education in Scotland.”

The programme has already seen 15 per cent of primary schools register and 43 schools achieve digital school accreditation, including 22 schools who yesterday received their awards at a presentation held in ­Goldenhill primary, Clydebank.

The secondary programme builds on the primary and encourages schools to identify activities where digital skills are more focused on real world work-ready scenarios.

Academic, technology and business leaders are also involved in the scheme, which is aimed at ensuring schools play a central role in shaping Scotland’s future as a digital nation.

The development team consulted with schools and organisations such as Developing the Young Workforce, PLAN C, ScotlandIS, Smarter Grid Solutions, STEM, the Child Protection Team for Education Scotland and the Digital Technologies Skills Group to include the latest thinking in digital technology for education.

Steven Grier, country manager of Microsoft Scotland, said: “The Digital Schools Programme is a shining example of how we, as an industry, are committed to supporting the next generation, ensuring all young people acquire the skills they need to thrive in the modern digital workplace.

“We are proud to be part of this exciting initiative and look forward to seeing how it enables students to better prepare for the world of work.”

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