Wales’ government invests £50 million in edtech

Wales’ government invests £50 million in edtech

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Local authorities in Wales are set to receive the additional funding to foster Education Technology among schools.

During a digital investment programme for schools in Wales, an additional £50 million has been provided to expand Hwb, the Welsh Government programme for improving the use of digital technology for teaching and learning in schools.

The funds will be used to equip schools with new edtech equipments and gain a greater understanding of Wales’ digital infrastructure.

This will ensure all schools are working towards the Education Digital Standards published on Hwb, and will serve as a foundation for a sustainable digital education infrastructure.

The programme will free up time for teachers and head teachers, and will give learners access to an improved and consistent learning experience.

During her announcement, the Education Minister said, “I am pleased to announce this additional fund of £50 million to raise the quality of edtech equipment within our schools.

Local authorities are the ones to serve as the strategic delivery partner for the programme by using the funds appropriately within their area to ensure all schools in Wales are developed to the national standard they deserve.

The money will also guarantee that schools are better equipped to embrace the changes brought about by the new Curriculum for Wales, and further demonstrates our commitment to digital learning, highlighting the importance technology plays within education.

This funding provides us with the opportunity to deliver a more sustainable edtech model for schools, with local authorities working collaboratively to ensure consistency across Wales.

This is about more than just buying new bits of kit. The programme will transform how our local authorities and schools approach digital delivery, ensuring our children are digitally provisioned well into the future.”

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