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Highland Primary Schools shortlisted for three Scottish Education Awards

The Highland Council has welcomed the news that two Primary Schools have been shortlisted for three Scottish Education Awards 2022.

The final will be held on Wednesday 8 June at an award gala in Glasgow.

Categories in which they have been shortlisted to the final three are:

  • Digital Innovator of the Year Award – Beth Fuller – Muirtown Primary
  • Gaelic Education Award – Glenurquhart Primary
  • Parent and Family Engagement Award – Kerrie Laird – Glenurquhart Primary

Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Nicky Grant said: “The Scottish Education Awards recognizes the immense dedication those working in education contribute to young people living across Scotland. To hear the good news that two schools have successfully been shortlisted in categories such as digital innovation, parent and family engagement and Gaelic education is testament to the forward thinking, resilience, and adaptive nature of our schools across Highland. We wish Beth Fuller and Kerrie Laird and their schools the best of luck in the final, we are very proud of their achievements. ”

The Digital Innovator of the Year Award recognizes educators who are inspiring and successful digital innovators in education who are harnessing the power technology can offer in education to make a daily difference to students and staff alike.

Muirtown Primary School Teacher, Beth Fuller said: “The COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst to accelerate our digital pathways in Education. Our pupils are our main drivers and as teachers we gain a great deal of inspiration from them. The last 3 years has transformed the ways in which utilise digital technology within Muirtown Primary School. The allocation of Chromebooks, along with the unprecedented lockdown in 2020, provided us with the means and impetus to broaden our digital skills as a school in exceptional and often turbulent circumstances. Muirtown Primary certainly rose to the challenge. I am deeply proud to have been a part of it. ”

The Gaelic Education Award recognizes early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a positive culture of continuous improvement in relation to Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learner Education.

The Parent and Family Engagement Award recognizes parent, carer and family engagement in early learning and childcare settings, schools and other settings.

Glenurquhart Head Teacher, Kerrie Laird said: Glenurquhart Primary are delighted to reach the final in two strong categories at this year’s Scottish Education Awards. We have developed a multilingual school culture where all the children across the school can learn about Gaelic language, culture and heritage. Our Family Learning opportunities have used our close relationship with families and our community to create family learning packs for maths and STEM subjects and a comprehensive Family Learning website as well as utilized links to develop life and work skills. This has been particularly important over recent lockdowns to ensure there are fun, motivating learning experiences for children to share at home. We are extremely proud of our school community and the recognition that the Scottish Education Awards bring. ”

More information can be found on the Scottish Education Awards website.

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