Sarah Murphy, Member of Senedd for Bridgend and Porthcawl, has welcomed funding to supply secondary school pupils with laptop devices across Bridgend as part of Welsh Government’s Hwb ’EdTech’ scheme.
As part of the scheme, nearly £750,000 has been allocated to schools across Bridgend supplying 2,645 devices for post-16 students across the borough.
Since 2019, Welsh Government has provided funding to improve the school digital infrastructure and the number of devices for Bridgend schools to the value of £2,249,667 in 2019-2020 and £1,475,070 in 2020-2021.
Students at the Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School received 150 laptop devices as part of the Welsh Government’s Hwb ‘EdTech’ scheme. Sarah Murphy MS for Bridgend and Porthcawl recently visited the school to discuss the funding with the headteacher and pupils.
Speaking at the visit Sarah Murphy MS said:
“It is great to visit Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School and to see how pupils are using their devices to help them with their studies.
“Since the pandemic, digital learning has been incorporated much more within classrooms and home learning. It is therefore vital that all students have access to digital technologies so that they can facilitate this work.
“Laptops and digital technologies can be costly, with many families having one computer between the whole family. As the demand to use this technology increases in schools and through work, a lack of equipment can create barriers for families and pupils. The funding to supply pupils across Bridgend with laptops ensures that no pupil will be disadvantaged by not having access to equipment.
“I look forward to seeing the positive impact these will have in our schools across Bridgend.”
Across Wales, the Welsh Government allocated £1,475,070 to digital infrastructure in schools in 2020-21, with the aim of securing 50,000 Chromebooks for students.