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Swansea scheme to improve IT teaching praised

26/04/2013 Joanna
Wales' education minister Leighton Andrews has praised a scheme that has helped primary school teachers in Swansea to better integrate digital technology into their lessons.

The Lifelong Intergenerational Furthering Education (LIFE) programme was developed by Casllwchwr primary school's headteacher Simon Pridham with Swansea Council.

It is intended to combat the impact of poverty on pupil attainment, improve pupils' literacy and numeracy and boost the learning experience of children with additional learning needs, by enabling learners to develop their digital skills.

As part of the LIFE programme, a learning lounge equipped with tablets, plasma screens and laptops has been set up at the school, providing children, as well as those in teacher and teaching assistant jobs, with a site where they can improve their IT skills.

Speaking at Casllwchwr, Mr Andrews remarked: "LIFE draws together themes which are relevant to educators across Wales: engaging with families; transforming the lives of children with additional needs; developing skills which industry in Wales needs, so that we can be a dynamic and prosperous nation in the twenty first century."

The Welsh government is itself investing £39 million in ensuring all schools in the country have a good standard of internet connectivity and infrastructure, as well as having recently set up the Hwb digital learning platform.

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