The Digital Schools of Distinction Award is a flagship programme to promote and acknowledge best practice use of ICT to deliver the best educational experience for pupils at primary level.

In Ireland, use of ICT by teachers is already at a higher grade than the EU average according the EU Commission’s Survey of Schools: ICT in Education.

  • #1   (75%) teachers use of ICT in more than 25% lessons
  • # 1   % of students taught by digitally supportive teachers (1 in 2 students)
  • # 5   % of students in “digitally supportive schools”

The award aims to build on the progress already made by primary schools in ICT integration and to encourage them to strive for further progression and improvement.

Check the latest news

Check out the latest happenings on the Digital Schools of Distinction Award.  One in five schools have now registered. Junior Spiders Award is now open. Click here for more

PDST Technology in Education Newsletter Latest News here.

What are the Benefits?

There are many benefits to becoming a Digital School of Distinction. These include resources for teaching and learning, free hardware and software, technical support and opportunities for collaboration. Click here for more


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