Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in Schools

There is a problem with the broadband connection in a school, who looks after this?

The Broadband Service Desk is the single point to contact for schools for all broadband related issues, providing information, advice and support to schools. The contact number for the Service Desk is 1800 334466. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Schools Broadband Access programme is also provided.

Are any ICT infrastructure grants available?

As part of the implementation of the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment, funding of €210m for ICT Infrastructure will be distributed to schools over the five years of the Strategy, commencing with €30m in the 2016-2017 school year, rising to €50m towards the end of the period (2020-2021 school year). Two tranches of €30m have issued in respect of 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years.

A further tranche of €45m is being issued in the 2018-2019 school year. The 2018-2019 allocation also provides for additional funding of up to €5m to be distributed based on application by schools. This is to recognise and support the ongoing work in schools in implementing the vision of the Digital Strategy for Schools, to embed the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning.

Further information on the scheme is set out here.

Where can I find out about Department-funded ICT Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses for teachers?

The national ICT CPD programme is managed from Dublin West Education Centre.

Where can I find out curriculum-relevant digital content and resources?

Please see the National portal, Scoilnet

For further information please email info@ncte.ie, or use the “contact” button on the Scoilnet website.

Where can I find technical guidance on ICT infrastructure and software issues for schools, or practical guidance on planning and integrating the use of ICT in the classroom?

There is a wealth of guidance and planning tools – specifically developed for schools - on PDST Technology in Education website. In particular the eLearning Planning information available at the Planning tab outlines the process of planning for eLearning in schools and provides a ste-by-step guide to the development of the school's eLearning Plan.