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Schools share 50 million euros to support digital teaching and learning

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Schools share €50 million in a new round of funding for digital technology as part of a Department of Education strategy unveiled today.

Most schools have received between around €4,500 and €51,000 depending on their size and whether they are primary or secondary schools.

Education Secretary Norma Foley today briefed fellow cabinet members on a new €200m digital strategy for the primary and secondary education sector, covering the period up to 2027.

The €50 million represents the first phase of grants under the strategy, which gives schools discretion over how the money is spent, subject to official guidelines.

Schools receive a basic grant of €2,000 plus a payment per student, with higher funding for students in special classes or special schools and for students in schools in the Deis Program for Disadvantaged Communities.

A primary school with 60 students receives 4,466 euros and a school with 300 students 12,330 euros.

At the post-primary level, a school with 500 students receives €26,660 and a school with 1,000 students €51,320.

The grant aims to enable schools to embed digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.

The strategy aims to develop competent, critically engaged and active learners who can fully participate in a digital world.

It promises to empower every learner, regardless of their socio-economic background, learning needs or geographic location, to engage with digital technology as part of their education.

A mid-term review will be carried out to inform the implementation plan of the strategy for the period 2025-2027.

Under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020, EUR 210 million has been allocated to the primary and secondary school sectors, while separate funds will be allocated to the roll-out of high-speed broadband in schools.

The long-term goal is to enable students to participate fully in the digital world. Of immediate importance, however, is investment in digital infrastructure and education in general, and bridging a digital divide between advantaged and disadvantaged students has been highlighted by the Covid crisis.

Schools were closed for two periods in 2021 and 2021 because of the pandemic’s shift in teaching and learning to the internet, a practice now enshrined as a feature of the education system when needed.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/schools-share-50m-to-support-digital-teaching-and-learning-41549349.html Schools share 50 million euros to support digital teaching and learning

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