£39m of funding has been announced by the first minister of Wales this week to bring better broadband to schools across the country. The investment will initially comprise of £27 million for local authorities to upgrade net connections in their schools. The new Learning in Digital Wales Grant will ensure that learners are able to access quicker, high-quality broadband services which are both robust and reliable.
Primary and special schools that require the additional facilitate are eligible for a further £10,000 and secondary schools an extra £20,000 from their LA to enhance ICT infrastructure and purchase hardware. It will mean a minimum speed of 100Mbps for secondary schools and 10Mbps for primary and special schools by 2014.
The first minister, Carwyn Jones said: “We want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning, so we want to be able to offer our schools quick, consistent and reliable broadband services. This investment can make sure that, by 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales are able to access the safe and secure world-class broadband services required to deliver a world-class digital education. The grant funding represents a serious revolution in changing the way schools use digital technologies, widening access and driving up standards of performance across the board.”