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School broadband investment to transform digital learning

Schools to benefit from almost £40m of investment to upgrade and improve broadband connection and ICT hardware.

Following the successful launch of the new Hwb - a pioneering new digital learning platform for all 3-19 education institutes in Wales, the First Minster today announced nearly £40m of investment for faster broadband for schools in Wales.

Local authorities will receive an initial £27m of targeted capital funding to upgrade school broadband connections.

They will be able to provide £10,000 for primary and special schools and £20,000 for secondary schools to improve ICT infrastructure and purchase ICT hardware in order to boost digital learning and teaching opportunities.

The new funding will allow schools to further take advantage of the online resources, individual learning platforms and Microsoft's cloud service Office 365 for teachers and learners.

Hwb, along with Learning Wales form a major part of a wider digital learning strategy, which also attempts to boost the IT competency of teachers entering the profession and help promote a culture of digital citizenship for learners.