Education Support Officer
Western Isles Council
Hamish Budge has been a Technology Education Support officer for 20 years and involved in e-Sgoil since the initiative was launched by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in August 2016. E-Sgoil’s main purpose initially was to enhance equity in terms of subject choice for all pupils, irrespective of geographic location or which school they attended in the Western Isles. e-Sgoil is now an integral part of the education service in the Western Isles, who deploy GTCS registered teachers and current technology to deliver real-time, interactive lessons, to pupils throughout Scotland. Hamish is involved in everything from recruiting staff, delivering bespoke e-Quip training, to providing IT back-up for schools which require their services. Further to funding from the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, e-Sgoil’s remit took on a national dimension as other local authorities were experiencing similar challenges with regard to Gaelic and STEM subjects in particular.