Local schools secure €1m in IT funding – Naughten

In Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €1m to local primary and second level schools throughout County Roscommon & East Galway.

On average each local primary school will get about €3,500 and each secondary school will receive around €15,000, with the actual allocation based on the school enrolment.

“This is a great boost to local schools and there is now clearly a realisation across our country how important digital learning, and the use of digital technologies, are for young people to function in today’s society,” said Denis Naughten.

“Digital learning is a vital aspect of the modern curriculum, and this funding to all our local schools will help equip students with the skills and competencies they will need to thrive both in education and outside.

“It will also help make the learning experience more interactive and assist students with learning difficulties,” concluded Denis Naughten.

ENDS.

Editor’s Note:

This funding is the final tranche of the overall package of funding (€210m) for ICT infrastructure as provided for under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. €160m has already issued, including €50m issued earlier this year in respect of the 2019-2020 school year. These grants will issue automatically to all schools during the first week in December.

 

Rates of payment

Schools opened prior to the 2017 calendar year or in school buildings built prior to the 2017 calendar year, are eligible for all of this funding, including the €10m top up funding. Schools opened or in buildings delivered from 2017 on receive grants from the €10m top up funding only, as new schools and new school buildings receive once-off ICT equipment funding as part of the Furniture and Equipment grant.

Fee charging schools receive funding at 50% rate from the €40m in funding.

The €10m top up funding issues as a lump sum based on school size, and will issue with the €40m ICT Grant so eligible schools will receive one payment to their accounts only.

Strand 1 – €40 million

 

Primary and Special Schools

 

Indicative Grant Figures
Pupil Numbers Lump sum Per capita Total DEIS DEIS Total
10 €2,000 €303 €2,303 €332.75 €2,332.75
50 €2,000 €1,513 €3,513 €1,663.75 €3,663.75
100 €2,000 €3,025 €5,025 €3,327.50 €5,327.50
500 €2,000 €15,125 €17,125 €16,637.50 €18,637.50
1000 €2,000 €30,250 €32,250 €33,275.00 €35,275.00

 

 

Post-Primary Schools

 

Indicative Grant Figures
Pupil Numbers Lump sum Per capita Total DEIS DEIS Total
50 €2,000 €2,162.88 €4,162.875 €2,379.16 €4,379.16
100 €2,000 €4,325.75 €6,325.75 €4,758.33 €6,758.33
500 €2,000 €21,628.75 €23,628.75 €23,791.63 €25,791.63
1000 €2,000 €43,257.5 €45,257.5 €47,583.25 €49,583.25

 

Strand 2 – €10 million Top up rates

 

 

Primary and Special Primary Schools

 

 

Enrolment Roles

 

Non-DEIS rate DEIS Rate
≤99 €550 €600
100-249 €950 €1,000
250-499 €1,400 €1,500
500-749 €1,900 €2,100
750 plus €2,700 €3,000

 

Post-Primary Schools

 

 

Enrolment Roles

 

Non-DEIS rate DEIS Rate
≤249 €2,600 €2,900
250-499 €7,100 €7,900
500-749 €13,250 €14,600
750 plus €17,300 €19,100

 

Broadly speaking, the grants allow for:

 

  • continuity of learning which must be supported in all schools. The top up €10m also provides ICT funding for new schools/new builds, as that category is excluded from the €40m funding (per the terms outlined in the ICT circular).
  • schools to implement the new ICT circular which requires all school to have a digital learning platform for contingency reasons. This will be likely to require more funding at primary level given that all post-primary schools have platforms in place and are at a more advanced stage of development in this area.
  • to provide an additional top-up for DEIS schools to meet additional challenges to support their learners
  • There have been a number of government strategies and initiatives over the last two decades to encourage and promote the effective use of digital technologies in teaching and learning. The Department of Education’s current policy in this area is reflected in the Digital Strategy for Schools, Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment 2015-2020 which is in its final year of implementation. The strategy promotes the embedding of digital technologies in all classroom and school activity so that the use of digital technology becomes a seamless part of the whole education experience
  • This strategy builds on previous strategies and incorporates education reform over recent years. Its aim is to help young people become active learners and supports the development of 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and digital literacy.
  • The strategy is built around four themes: Teaching, Learning and Assessment using ICT; Teacher Professional Development; Leadership, Research and Policy; ICT Infrastructure and sets out a programme to embed digital technologies in the learning experience of our pupils/students in primary and post-primary schools.
  • Schools opened prior to the 2017 calendar year or in school buildings built prior to the 2017 calendar year, are eligible for all of this funding, including the €10m top up funding. Schools opened or in buildings delivered from 2017 on receive grants from the €10m top up funding only.

This is because new schools and new school buildings receive one-off ICT equipment grant as part of the Furniture and Equipment funding provided to new schools/new builds.

  • Fee charging schools receive funding at a rate of 50 per cent rate from the €40m in funding, but do not receive grants under the €10m top up funding, as the latter is intended to support Covid-specific interventions, in particular where disadvantage may be a barrier to accessing remote learning.