£39 million for broadband in schools

The First Minister also used his monthly news conference to announce £39 million of investment for improve broadband provision for schools in Wales.

'Teaching and learning in Welsh schools will be transformed' due to the investment, the Welsh Government says. 'The new Leaning in Digital Wales Grant will ensure that learners able to access faster, high-quality broadband services which are both robust and reliable.'

It means an initial £27 million for councils to upgrade internet connections in their schools. Where it's needed, councils will also be able to give primary and special schools £10,000 - and secondary schools £20,000 - to improve ICT infrastructure and purchase ICT hardware.

We want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning, therefore we need to be able to offer our schools fast, consistent and reliable broadband services

This investment will ensure that, by 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales will have access to safe and secure world-class broadband services needed to deliver a world-class digital education.

The grant funding represents a major step forward in changing the way schools use digital technologies, widening access and driving up standards of performance across the board.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister