The announcement that almost £40 million will be invested in broadband services for local schools has today placed local councils at the forefront of digital learning in Wales.
The new ‘Learning in Digital Wales Grant’ announced by the Welsh Government will put Welsh schools firmly in the digital driving seat, by allowing learners to access faster, high-quality broadband services.
The investment grant will initially cover £27m of capital funding to help local councils upgrade internet connections in their local schools. Where required, the grant will also allow councils to allocate £10,000 to primary and special schools, and £20,000 to secondary schools to improve ICT infrastructure and hardware.
Councillor Ali Thomas (Neath Port-Talbot), WLGA Spokesperson for Education and Workforce said:
“Digital learning is a priority for local government and it is vital that learners across Wales have equal access to digital learning tools and resources. Ensuring access to safe and secure world-class broadband services will help local councils to deliver a world-class digital education for Welsh learners.
“Local government looks forward to delivering the new grant, which will also play a vital role in the drive to improve the Welsh education system by offering equality of access for learners and helping schools and councils to improve outcomes within the wider education system. This is a great first step in widening access and promoting a culture of digital citizenship for learners across Wales.”