Ballyclare Primary earns ‘Digital School’ award

Ballyclare PS principal Kim Mulligan (right) and pupils Benjamin Stansfield and Emily Proctor receive their certificate from Education Minister John O'Dowd, Ann Marie Whelan (Education Manager, HP Inc), Martin Murphy (MD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and Tom Jackson (Education Manager, Microsoft).
Ballyclare PS principal Kim Mulligan (right) and pupils Benjamin Stansfield and Emily Proctor receive their certificate from Education Minister John O'Dowd, Ann Marie Whelan (Education Manager, HP Inc), Martin Murphy (MD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and Tom Jackson (Education Manager, Microsoft).

Pupils and teachers at Ballyclare Primary School are celebrating recognition as a ‘Digital School of Distinction.’

Ballyclare Primary is one of only 10 schools to date in Northern Ireland accredited with the Digital School of Distinction Award.

Principal Kim Mulligan and pupils Benjamin Stansfield and Emily Proctor received the award from Education Minister John O’Dowd at Stormont.

Supported by HP Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft, the Digital Schools of Distinction Award has been developed to help schools to integrate technology into the classroom.

The initiative aims to recognise best in class practices and build on the progress already made by schools by providing a pathway and resources for those schools seeking to do more with technology. The programme also recognises those who achieve excellence and supports the efforts of schools and teachers in making the best use of technology in the learning environment.

Since it launched last November in Northern Ireland, 110 schools have signed up to the ‘Digital Schools of Distinction’ programme. Ten schools are currently fully accredited, with the remainder progressing well at various stages of the validation process.

The list of Digital Schools of Distinction in Northern Ireland is as follows: Millennium Integrated Primary School, Saintfield, Co Down; St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Glen Road, Belfast; St Malachy’s Primary School, Co Armagh; Ballyclare Primary School, Newtownabbey; St Colman’s Primary School, Banbridge; Millquarter Primary School, Toomebridge; Knockloughrim Primary School, Magherafelt; Killean Primary School, Newry; Cumran Primary School, Clough and St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff.