Welsh government pledges £50m to expand Hwb edtech programme

Education minister Kirsty Williams has announced the expansion of the Hwb programme to support edtech uptake in Wales’ state schools

Wales’ education minister Kirsty Williams has announced the expansion of Hwb, the country’s digital schools initiative, with an extra £50m investment.

Hwb’s cash injection will be used to buy edtech equipment and help schools gain a better understanding of Wales’ digital infrastructure, and help them comply with the programme’s education digital standards.

The programme will be supported by local authorities, which will act as strategic delivery partners, using the funding to upgrade schools to the national standard.

This funding provides us with an opportunity to deliver a more sustainable edtech model for schools.
– Kirsty Williams, education minister

Williams said: “This funding provides us with an opportunity to deliver a more sustainable edtech model for schools, with local authorities working collaboratively to ensure consistency across Wales.

“This is more than just buying new bits of kit. The programme will transform how our local authorities and schools approach digital delivery, ensuring our children are digitally provisioned well into the future.”

More information about Hwb is available at www.hwb.gov.wales

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