How it Works

Step 1: Registration

Register to create your school profile for the Digital Schools Awards Programme. Your school profile contains relevant contact details and stores your self-evaluation information and documentation.

Your profile is private and protected by secure password.

This step takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Step 2: Self-Evaluation

Each school must fully complete a self-evaluation in order to apply for accreditation. During this stage, schools are evaluating their performance against five digital schools criteria and are preparing to meet the necessary requirements for validation such as Acceptable Usage Policy, Digital Technology Plan, the school website and a short statement outlining their recent achievements and highlighting effective use of any tools, practices or initiatives which the school feels deserve recognition.

Don’t worry, your self-evaluation responses are retained so you may return at any stage to review, update or change your self-evaluation form.

Finally, when you are satisfied that you meet the programme criteria and have successfully completed the self-evaluation, you can upload the supporting documentation to your profile and request a programme validator to visit your school.

This can be done in stages.

Step 3: Validation

After successfully completing the self-evaluation you will be prompted to request a validation visit at the end of the process. Programme validators are approved by Education Scotland and C2k in Northern Ireland. The role of the validator is to meet the Principal, visit the classrooms and assess the self-evaluation submission. The visit takes approximately two hours. The validator will submit a School Validation Report to the Digital Schools Awards committee for review and adjudication.

Schools that successfully achieve the criteria will be recognised and awarded Digital School status. New Digital Schools will receive ongoing practical support and resources as part of the community of digital schools in the UK and Europe

Schools that do not meet the required criteria will receive feedback, guidance and support in order to reapply for validation.

A school visit will take approximately 1 hour.