Big step forward for Gwynedd's ground-breaking digital learning strategy

Date: 10/09/2020

The first steps of an ambitious digital learning strategy has been approved by Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet that aims to provide laptops or electronic devices for all the county’s school pupils.

Over the coming years, the innovative model, which is partly funded in early years by the Welsh Government, will provide laptops for every Gwynedd school pupil from year 3 upwards as well as slate devices for Foundation Phase pupils.

Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Cemlyn Rees Williams said:

“Our vision as a Council is to ensure that every Gwynedd school pupil is able to fulfil their potential. This ground-breaking initiative that has been developed over the past few years will be central to achieving this ambition and will support all aspects of the new curriculum.

“From ordering our weekly shop to virtual medical consultations, through the Coronaviurus period we have all seen the potential of technology to drive our economy and support individuals and communities.

“There is no doubt that these new ways of working and living will intensify and become the ‘new normal’ over the coming years. As a result, it is more important than ever that Gwynedd’s young people and school staff have the IT equipment they need to thrive within this new digital environment.

“Providing all pupils with the same digital tools will ensure that no Gwynedd child is left on the wrong side of the digital divide and that every pupil has the same equipment and opportunity to realise their full potential.

“Employers tell us that businesses and the Gwynedd economy need workers with excellent IT skills. This initiative will ensure our young people have the digital skills needed to secure well-paid jobs here in their communities.”

Year 10 and 11 pupils, along with all teachers will be the first to receive the equipment, with the roll-out to commence during 2020/21. The programme will then be rolled-out to the remainder of Gwynedd pupils.