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Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland Consultation

Digital Technologies and LearnersIn September 2015 the Scottish Government consulted on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.

The aim of the strategy is to set out a comprehensive approach to digital learning and teaching. This will allow Scotland's educators, learners and parents to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunties for all.

It was proposed that the strategy would be built upon four themes:

  • Empowering leaders of change to drive innovation and investment in digital technology for learning and teaching;
  • Improving access to digital technology for all learners;
  • Ensuring curriculum and assessment relevance in a digital context; and
  • Extending the skills and confidence of teachers in the appropriate and effective use of digital technology.

In addition to the formal consultation, the Scottish Government also hosted a number of face-to-face consultation events and commissioned consultation activity to take place directly with children and young people.  

The consultation period ended on 17 December 2015.

As a result of a positive consultation response the Scottish Government is committed to developing a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.  

In response to the consultation findings, Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning stated:

"Digital technology can enhance learning and teaching across the curriculum and equip all of our learners with the essential digital skills they need to succeed in life, learning and work.

I welcome the breadth of responses and engagement generated by the consultation and am pleased this confirms support for the direction we have set out for the strategy. Respondents have provided a range of suggestions on how the strategy could be strengthened and we are now considering these in detail. The responses will inform the final strategy to ensure it is comprehensive, relevant and can help to deliver priorities for education in Scotland.

The Scottish Government will now work with key partners across education and IT to develop a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland to be published in summer 2016."

Useful Links

Literature Review on the Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching

Consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland

Analysis of the responses to the formal consultation

Anaysis of evidence gathered from face to face consultation events

The views of young people on digital learning and teaching (report by Young Scot)

The views of children on digital learning and teaching (report by Children's Parliament)

Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Equality Impact Assessment