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EXTRA£25M FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS

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Scottish education minister Brian Wilson has announced that additional funds of up to£25m from the national lotter...
Scottish education minister Brian Wilson has announced that additional funds of up to£25m from the national lottery will be used to help train Scottish teachers in information and communications technology skills in preparation for the roll-out of the government's National Grid for Learning (NGFL) later this year.

Mr Wilson also revealed that a Scottish Strategy statement

outlining the government's plans for taking the National Grid

forward in Scotland will soon be published.

He said:

'The government is convinced of the learning benefits which

new technology can offer our children. To maximise these

benefits however we must ensure that teachers are equipped with

the necessary information and communications technology (ICT)

skills. I am therefore delighted to be able to announce that an

extra£25m from lottery funds will be used to train Scottish

teachers in these vital skills.

'I am determined that every school in Scotland will be equipped

to the standards of the best, in order to ensure that no pupils are

disadvantaged in this educational revolution. Provision has

already been made in Scotland for investment in ICT

infrastructure through the money announced in the budget for the

'New Deal for Schools'. The additional resources announced today

will help ensure that our teachers have the confidence and

competence to make full use of this infrastructure.

'The government will shortly be publishing a Scottish Strategy

statement which will take account of the results of the recent

consultation and will set out our plans for implementing the

National Grid in Scotland.

'The Scottish strategy will ensure that the implementation of the

National Grid takes full account of existing Scottish strengths, of

the existing infrastructure and of the experience which has

already been gained in our schools in the use of information and

communications technology.

'An integral part of the prototype National Grid, announced today

by David Blunkett at the British Educational Technology and

Training (BETT) conference, is the Scottish Virtual Teachers'

Centre (SVTC).

'Based on the internet and accessible via the National Grid for

Learning, the Scottish Virtual Teachers' Centre will provide our

teachers with educational information and classroom resources

appropriate to the Scottish curriculum.

'I am also pleased to launch 'Reading the Reader', another

important first for Scotland. This CD ROM package is designed

to work on internet browser technology and is aimed at

supporting primary school teachers in the teaching of reading at

early stages. It says much for Scottish foresight that on the very

day the National Grid for Learning is launched that we should

have our first internet multimedia product ready.'

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