The Western Isles pioneering e-Sgoil project has been endorsed by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister in the first-year review document which has been circulated nationally to all schools in Scotland.

John Swinney, pictured above at the opening of the e-Sgoil centre in Carinish last year, said: “It gives me great pleasure to attach a short foreword welcoming the review of the first year of e-Sgoil.  I am also very pleased to support the development of the e-Sgoil project, based in the Western Isles, operating throughout Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government. 

“On a number of occasions, I have been able to observe how innovative and accessible the platform is for expanding learner opportunities across the curriculum.  This is without doubt an important national resource and an increasing number of schools are taking advantage of the benefits offered by e-Sgoil. 

“e-Sgoil makes use of our national education intranet, GLOW and it is effectively using this to bring teachers and learners together no matter their location.  I would like to congratulate those involved at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for their vision, energy and commitment in bringing this project forward in such a short period of time. 

“In concluding I would like to commend this report to you and hope you are encouraged by the success set out in the following pages.”

Councillor Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “e -Sgoil is not just for the Western Isles but for Scotland as a whole. 

“Our vision is that all learners can experience an education enriched by digital technology and we very much appreciate the support which we have received from Scottish Government.

“We are constantly discovering new ways that e-Sgoil allows us to deliver education, ways which we have never before been able to do. 

“The first-year review demonstrates that this innovation and technology is developing and broadening our horizons and we intend to make full use of it to equip young people with the necessary skills and qualifications for their working lives.”

The review of the first year of e-Sgoil can be found at: http://e-sgoil.com/media/1133/e-sgoil-report-year-1-june-2018.pdf

In conclusion, the review states that: “The economic impact of e-Sgoil is already measureable although much of the activity to date has been geared towards creating the conditions in which future impacts can be nurtured.”