Work to provide every school pupil in Scotland with a laptop or tablet has started.
Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has confirmed discussions with local government are underway to deliver consistent digital infrastructure across Scotland’s 2,500 school buildings.
"Every child has the right to an education and we believe that means an education supported and enhanced by technology. This as a vital aspect of an education system in the digital age which was clearly demonstrated by the pandemic," said Somerville. "This is a hugely ambitious programme of work that will build on efforts to tackle digital inclusion during the pandemic. These early talks with Scottish councils are a positive step towards delivering this commitment."
The Scottish Government has committed that by the end of this parliamentary session, all 700,000 school-aged pupils in Scotland will have access to an appropriate digital device, and where necessary an internet connection, to support their learning.
The announcement builds on the Connecting Scotland programme which has provided devices, connectivity and training to households in order to reduce isolation and increase employability.
James is the Editor of Government Transformation magazine, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.