SCHOOLS across the Wee County have received a share of digital devices to support learning for pupils.

Part of the Education 1:1 Digital Device Deployment Programme, which was agreed in the 2021-22 budget meeting at council in March this year, the programme is aimed at ensuring equity of access for all.

The 10-year programme will see thousands of digital devices supplied to high schools and primary schools across Clackmannanshire.

In the first year, 1,948 Chromebooks will be given to all S2-S6 pupils in Alva, Alloa and Lornshill academies.

Furthermore, 131 iPads will be given to pupils with additional support needs.

In 2022-23, year two of the programme, Chromebooks will be provided to pupils in primary five to first year while years three and four, from 2023 until 2025, will see the completion of iPad deployment to pupils in P1-P4.

The remainder of the 10-year plan will be a maintenance phase, where devices in need of a refresh will be identified and refreshed.

Scott McEwan, headteacher at Alva Academy, said: "This is a very exciting programme that will enhance the way our young people learn and develop their skills."

A council report on the progression of the deployment programme referenced how Clacks teachers recognised the importance of digital technologies within the classroom throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.

The report states: "Digital technology allows [pupils] 24/7 access to their learning.

"Teachers and pupils were able to meet with success during remote and blended learning models over the last year and a half through advancing their digital knowledge at pace.

"By providing digital devices, we can ensure that young people can access their learning within and out with the school building."

Mr McEwan continued: "One of the real positives to come out of our lockdown experience was how well young people used technology to engage with their learning, and how it encouraged teachers to be brave and try new things.

"The digital rollout will allow us to continue with this great work and ensure that every young person, regardless of their circumstances, will be able to learn."

For when devices are being used in schools, a specific Wi-Fi network has already been set up.

The budget for this programme is £426,000. £409,759.47 was spent on 1,948 Chromebooks and 131 iPads.

An additional 33 Chromebooks were then purchased at a cost of £6,410.91 and the remaining funds will be spent on MobileIron licenses and apps for the iPads.