Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Teacher Digital Literacy Framework - DRAFT

What is this?

A framework to support the use of digital technologies to enhance delivery of education in Scottish schools.

Who is this for?

Teachers and senior leaders.

This framework has been developed in partnership with local authorities and teachers. It is a DRAFT document. Please contact with any comments.


The Scottish Government strategy for Digital learning and teaching was published in 2016. It sets out the significant contribution digital technologies can make in supporting teaching, learning and assessment.

In March 2020 practitioners and learners across Scotland were asked to work from home and learn remotely. This posed challenges, from access to devices and connectivity to the confidence of our teaching staff to deliver in this mostly uncharted territory.

Digital literacy framework

The framework outlines the digital literacy skills, knowledge and understanding a teacher requires to deliver high-quality learning experiences for all children and young people. It highlights the importance of highly skilled staff who work with children, young people and others to ensure learning is motivating and meaningful.

The teacher digital literacy framework is based on the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (also known as DigComp2). DigComp2 has been developed with the contribution of experts, is endorsed at a European level and broadly meets the areas already set out in our Digital Vision ( diagrams which are widely used in Scottish schools.

As an accomplished teacher you consistently demonstrate the enhanced skills and abilities working both individually and collaboratively to ensure that every learner has access to and are enabled to select from well chosen and designed resources including digital technologies.

The framework will allow teachers to gather evidence within the GTC Scotland’s Standard for career-long professional learning, and to have an enhanced and critically informed understanding of:

  • pedagogical and learning theories and professional practice
  • digital technologies to support learning
  • curriculum design
  • digital technologies to support learning
  • the value of learning beyond curricular areas and cross curricular subjects such as literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing, learning for sustainability, and digital literacy
  • the skills and competencies that comprise teacher digital literacy
  • how to embed digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning
  • the learning context
  • how to organise and manage learning

Digital wellbeing

Digital wellbeing is the impact of using digital technology on our social and emotional wellbeing. Digital wellbeing can be promoted through strong Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety (CRIS) practices within our schools and their communities. In the immediate and long-term future, schools face increasing demands to include digital wellbeing as part of the way they use digital technologies for learning and teaching.

It is important that the digital wellbeing of our teachers is also a consideration. The challenge is not only to ensure digital wellbeing but to establish processes and strategies, to develop the skills, knowledge, and attributes to secure, manage and protect their own wellbeing.


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