Become a Digital School

Step 1: Registration

Register here to create your school profile for the Digital Schools Awards Programme. Your school profile contains relevant contact details and stores your self-evaluation information and documentation.
Your profile is private and protected by secure password.

This step takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Step 2: Self-Evaluation

Each school will reflect on and evaluate their performance against two key dimensions of Leadership and Management, and Teaching and Learning. 

During this stage, schools are evaluating their performance against the Department of Education's Digital Learning Framework for Post-Primary Schools and are preparing to meet the requirements for the Digital Schools Award.  Performance indicators relating to whole school vision, improvement planning, data protection, online safety and continuing professional development are essential requirements to be considered for the award. 

The school is ready to apply for Digital Schools Award when;

The school has undergone a self-review of Leadership and Management and submitted supporting documentation and evidence.

  1. All compulsory indicators are addressed
  2. At least two other areas for development are identified

At least one teacher in each department in the school has undergone a self-review of Teaching and Learning and successfully applied for a digital badge.

  1. All compulsory indicators are addressed
  2. At least one other area for development is identified.

Don’t worry, the school and individual teacher self-evaluation responses can be completed over time and are retained so you may return at any stage to review, update or change your form.

Finally, when the school is satisfied that the award criteria is met, you may apply for the award.

Step 3: Validation

After successfully completing the self-evaluation you will be contacted to schedule a validation visit at the end of the process.

The role of the independent validator is to meet the principal and teachers, visit the classrooms and assess the self-evaluation submission. The validator will submit a School Validation Report to the school and the Digital Schools Awards.

Schools that successfully achieve the programme criteria will be recognised and awarded Digital School status. New Digital Schools will be invited to join the Digital School Mentor initiative and help ensure that good practice is captured and shared among the teaching community across the country and beyond.

Schools that do not meet the required criteria will receive feedback, guidance and support in order to reapply.