Education Scotland has renewed its partnership for the Glow digital learning platform – used by 32 local authorities to provide online digital resources for schoolchildren.

The national body for education’s deal with RM Technology will ensure educators and learners continue to have access to the ‘single access point for learning resources and software’. 

Glow was the platform used by kids during Covid lockdowns, when usage stats soared from four million monthly logins to 16 million in the space of a year. During high peaks of use, the platform’s Application Performance Index (ApDex) score never dropped below the benchmark of 0.94 – and regularly ran at 0.98.  

The cloud platform makes it simple for staff and students to access online services, including Microsoft M365, Google Workspace for Education and Glow Blogs, as well as shared application libraries.

Through RM Unify, RM’s Identity and Access Management platform (RM IAM), the platform offers log-in and authentication features that simplify the management and setup of schools’ productivity suites.  

Jason Tomlinson, Managing Director at RM Technology, said: “We’re thrilled to continue this journey with Education Scotland. We’ve always seen our technology’s 99.95% uptime rates for schools as a huge achievement, but the fact that we’ve managed to maintain these exceptional levels and help Glow navigate the pandemic confidently and consistently gives us great motivation. We’re looking forward to enabling children and teachers to spend even more time learning and less time deciphering technology.”

Gillian Hamilton, interim chief executive of Education Scotland, said: “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with RM Technology. Glow is Scotland’s nationally available digital learning platform enabling learners and teachers to access all the tools and features at any time, on any device with an internet connection. This can be used to support everyday learning and teaching as well as helping learning to continue outside of the classroom when pupils or staff are unable to attend school.” 

Education Secretary Jenny Gilruth said: “The way young people learn is evolving as technology continues to advance at a rapid pace. I am therefore delighted that, with the support of RM Technology, our national digital learning platform will continue to provide educators and young people with access to a range of tools and resources to enhance learning experiences.”