Our vision is for all learners to use technology to access deep thinking consistently in their learning, develop the SHS Golden Skills and apply their learning in real world contexts to develop confidence, self-belief and ambition. Our students must know that the most amazing opportunities across the country and beyond are accessible to them, the young people of Selkirk, no matter their background or identity. This vision of ‘Meaningful Learning’ is founded on evidence about our learners, their experiences and their destinations and is at the heart of professional development which is characterised by its rigorous evidence base, its focus on pedagogy and its responsiveness to new circumstances. We are a small school but the world is here!
Students are loving it! Our Digital Vision is at the heart of our Improvement Plan and every teacher can now share an Impact Story linked to our vision. Most of our teachers are Apple Teachers and others are getting there. More and more staff are leading professional development opportunities. Whole School self-evaluation includes recording of professional development progress and activity, SLT 5-a-day pupil voice activities, snapshot surveys as well as attainment analysis. Engagement has increased in our most challenging groups; Parent feedback is very supportive. We collate lesson examples regularly from across the school and measure against SAMR. More and more students are accessing new courses resulting in an increased uptake in digital qualifications eg Cyber Security and Digital Enterprise.
Our focus on ‘deep thinking’ will be supported by our ‘Open Doors’ policy to validate self-evaluation and SAMR. S1/2 students will experience Skills Afternoons ‘off timetable’ which will allow them to put their Golden Skills and Values into Action across a range of ‘real world’ experiences supported by partnerships beyond school. Progression in Skills and Digital will be enhanced by new courses in both Coding and Creative Thinking which we will be amongst the first in Scotland to offer. All learning in Qualifications, Skills and Values will be recorded digitally in students’ Achievement Journeys which will be embedded in session 2021-22 and will provide the basis for future planning as students take ownership of their learning and their lives.