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Used every day, in every class at Balmedie Primary

Duration: 2 minutes 48 seconds
Date: 21.04.2015 10:00
Challenge

With heavy investment in technology across the school, and a number of pupils with additional learning needs, Head teacher Ken McGowan needed to ensure that the resources he invested in would provide his pupils with good access to the curriculum and would be enhancing their learning.

Solution

Balmedie School entered into a partnership with Discovery Education in December 2013 through a subscription to the Discovery Education Espresso digital learning service. The service provides the teachers and pupils with access to thousands of digital resources across the 8 areas of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, from Early to Second Level (Foundation to KS2).

Results

The teachers of Balmedie School have already seen the impact that the service can have on their pupils, whether that's through the literacy activities that support pupils with additional needs or the videos that provide pupils with a real-world context. The teachers themselves have also benefited from having access to trusted, curated content that is easily accessible at the click of a button - no more searching the internet for the perfect resource.

Our partner says

"As a Head teacher I've got to make best use of the limited resources that I have in the school. And I have to say, Espresso, pound-for-pound is one of the best resources I've got. It's used every day, in every class.Ken McGowan, Head teacher, Balmedie Primary School

More about Balmedie Primary School

Location: Balmedie, Aberdeen

Balmedie School serves the villages of Balmedie, Potterton, Belhelvie, Whitecairns and the surrounding areas. The school is part of the Ellon Schools Network and also the Bridge of Don ASG. To support the aims of the school there are a number of clubs and committees in place, such as an Out of Hours Club which operates before and after school, an Eco Committee and a Pupil Council. With ample outdoor space and its very own 'Magic Woods' the teachers and pupils regularly make use of the space to develop and enhance their class learning.

Key statistics:

  • Approx. 550 pupils across 17 classes and 3 nursery classes
  • HMIE rating 2011: Good with some very good features

Learn more about Balmedie School, their aims and achievements on their website: http://www.balmedie.aberdeenshire.sch.uk

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