A new digital competence framework is to be incorporated into the Welsh curriculum to ensure pupils in all schools are able to improve their skills in this area.
The framework, which will be made available by September 2016, will be developed through partnerships between the Welsh government, leading schools in the field, regional consortia and experts from higher education and industry.
Institutions that are already at the forefront of embedding digital competence into their teaching and learning will be awarded 'Digital Pioneer' status. They will then be able to share their knowledge of best practice with other schools in the country.
The framework has been devised in response to recommendations in the independent review of information and communications technology in Wales, and Professor Graham Donaldson's review of Curriculum and Assessment arrangements in Wales, which was published by the Welsh Government in March.
Both of these reports emphasise that digital competence will be central to a young person's success in life.
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis said: "Through partnership working we have a real opportunity to build a world class approach to digital competence here in Wales and I will be asking these Digital Pioneer schools to work alongside businesses and educational leaders, including our National Digital Learning Council and employers such Microsoft."
The new framework will be rigorously quality assured by UK and international higher education institutions.
Working closely with the British Council, the Welsh government will develop new professional learning experiences, international opportunities to support teachers, and practitioner-focussed programmes to support the teaching and learning of digital competence.
Mr Lewis indicated that continuing professional development opportunities would be made available for those in teaching jobs, provided through the Welsh government's New Deal for the profession and improved Initial Teacher Training.
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