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.
'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
'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'
'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.'