ICT in Schools Programme
Since 1998, the Department has actively pursued the integration of ICT into teaching and learning and the development of pupils' digital literacy, primarily through its ICT in Schools programme. This Programme has focused on four key areas:
- The provision of essential ICT infrastructure within schools
- The provision of access to broadband connectivity to schools
- Continuous professional development for teachers in ICT
- Integrating ICT within the curriculum and providing curriculum-relevant digital content and software.
In October 2015, the Department published The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment, the next stage of the ICT in Schools programme. The Digital Strategy for Schools provides a rationale and a Government action plan for integrating ICT into teaching, learning and assessment practices in schools over the next five years. This Strategy builds on previous strategies in the area of ICT integration and is the result of research and extensive consultation with education partners and stakeholders. The full text of the Strategy can be accessed via the link below, and further information can be found on the Digital Strategy webpage