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Tech boost for primary school after national award win

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 01 Dec 2016

One of Edinburgh’s largest primary schools has secured £5,000 to buy tablet computers for its students after winning a national award.

Sciennes Primary School was awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The school, which has more than 500 pupils, will use the funding to buy 32 tablet computers for its primary five classes, and they’ll be used to teach new skills such as coding.

The school has already seen the benefits of introducing tablets into its older classes and decided to apply for funding, through the Foundation Community Awards, to give younger pupils the same opportunity.

Sciennes primary school was nominated for a Community Award by Colin Sim, a member of the parent council and a OneFamily customer. The charity was one of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round.

Lucy Gallagher, deputy head teacher at the primary school, said:

“The new tablets will benefit the entire school community and will be a fantastic resource for pupils as coding skills are now part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
 
“The school will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and it’s amazing to see how teaching methods have evolved since we opened in 1892.”

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“We’re proud to support Sciennes Primary School on this project. The tablets will revolutionise teaching at Sciennes Primary School and I’m sure the pupils will have fun learning with technology too.

“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.

“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in the autumn and we’d encourage our Ayrshire-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most. In 2016, an estimated 100,000 people directly benefitted from the Foundation Community Awards.

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/