€800,000 investment in Clare’s School ICT sector this year marks beginning of multi million euro Digital Strategy – Minister Pat Breen.

January 3rd, 2017 - Pat Breen

The Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen said the close to €800,000 investment in Clare schools announced today (Tuesday) marks the beginning of the implementation of the the Government’s €210 Million Digital Strategy for Schools.

“My colleague the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton has announced the first €30 million investment in ICT infrastructure grants for primary and post-primary schools. The grant is worth approximately €4,000 for a 100 pupil school and approximately €11,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level while it is worth circa €15,000 for a 500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school at post primary level,” said Minister Breen.

“In essence this means an estimated €795,034 will be invested in 129 primary and post primary schools in Clare.”

“The funding will support the development and implementation of an eLearning Plan for each school to embed ICT in teaching and learning. Among the technology and digital support the schools can purchase with the funding is teaching computers and shared student computers; projectors including short throw or ultra-short throw, long throw, interactive, or interactive flat screens (IFS); cloud based tools and applications to support learning; and earning platforms – these are generally cloud based applications used to support the teaching and learning process,” explained Minister Breen.

“Investing in a long term digital strategy for schools will not only enhance the learning experience of our children and teenagers, but will help prepare them for an ever changing work place and society,” he added.

“I see every day in my role as Minister for Employment and Small Business the way digital technology is revolutionising every career, job and business,” added the Clare Fine Gael TD.

“The Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a clear vision which includes introducing coding and computer science into the curriculum. This vision must be supported with investment in the ICT infrastructure of our schools, and the investment of €800,000 in Clare schools is the first step in that investment. In the next five years we will invest €210m in Ireland’s schools.”

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Notes to Editor

The rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €22.20 per mainstream pupil in primary schools, with additional per capita payments for pupils in DEIS schools, Special Classes and Special Schools. At post-primary, the rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €31.90 per student, with an additional per capita payment for students in DEIS schools. The grant is worth approximately €4,000 for a 100 pupil school and approximately €11,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level. At post-primary level, the grant is worth circa €15,000 for a 500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school.

Further information about the terms applying to this funding are available at circular:

http://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0001_2017.pdf