Monmouthshire Council agrees to £900,000 IT boost for schools

Monmouthshire Council has backed plans to ensure that all pupils in the region have access to the same standard of IT equipment in an investment set to amount to just under £900,000.

The project is targeting specifically the authority’s primary schools where a huge variance in the quality of equipment has been identified.

The council has said that this is reducing opportunities for pupils attending particular schools in the area.

Digital and technology manager Sian Haywood told councillors the importance of ensuring that all of the authority’s schools sign up to a service level agreement to provide parity in IT resources.

In addition to providing new hardware, the council’s deputy leader Councillor Bob Greenland said that improved internet speeds will be a key part of the proposals.

10MB is not sufficient even at the moment for most of our primary schools – they need to be much higher than that.

Through that we can bring about further improvements to the infrastructure in those schools,” he explained.

The cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Liz Hacket Pain gave her backing to the plans.

She said: “The head teachers I have spoken to have been very keen about this and very much want to buy into it. They feel it is something that is needed.”

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