Scheme to distribute iPads to Borders pupils really shows its worth during lockdown

Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam has highlighted the importance of iPads to school pupils during lockdown.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 10:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 10:47 am
Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam
Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam

After schools closed to the majority of pupils in March, home learning has been enhanced through the use of digital technology.

The iPads have meant pupils can communicate with teachers and send and receive school work.

Last year, the council distributed 9000 iPads to all Borders children aged 11-17, and is nearing completion on delivering iPads to all P6-S1 pupils so they can access educational content over the summer.

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Further to this, the council has been reimbursed £600,000 from the Scottish Government as they do not require devices from a Government-led programme, after taking the initiative last year.

Councillor Haslam believe the intervention was cost effective and has been a lifeline for learning during the pandemic.

She said: “Inspire Learning is the first project of its kind in the UK and has proven its worth over the last six months. Children have been able to continue their learning at home with the technology they need.

“Every child has been on an equal footing, with no differences in access to devices or technology. This puts our young people in a much better place when they return to school in August.”