In preparation for the new term, each of the post-16 schools and colleges in the Consortium’s area has received new information technology resources to be used by 6th form pupils.
As part of the Consortium’s commitment to promote digital literacy in the post-16 sector, and to ensure that our young people can take full advantage of our e-learning resources, the Consortium has made a substantial investment in new computers, laptops, i-pads and distance learning equipment, which were distributed to the schools and colleges at the beginning of September. This investment has been possible through contributions by our partners, and was partially funded by the European Social Fund via the Welsh Government.
Elfed Morris, the Consortium Manager said, “There is increasing emphasis on nurturing computer skills that will benefit students as they proceed on their journey to Higher Education or the workplace, and the Consortium is proud to be able to directly contribute to the excellent work that is already happening in the area’s schools and colleges in the field of digital learning and e-learning.”
One of the schools that took advantage of this scheme was Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon. Mr Paul Mathews-Jones the school’s headteacher said, “Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen wishes to thank the Gwynedd and Anglesey Consortium, through the WEFO funding, for providing post-16 learners with digital equipment and laptops. The equipment has already made a huge difference to the learners, especially those studying A Level Health and Social Care in their research and project work. Jointly with the Consortium’s grant the school has invested in more digital equipment in addition to new work rooms solely for the use of sixth form pupils. Mr Elfed Morris was welcomed to the sixth form’s morning service and thanked for the contribution. Following excellent improvement in the school’s GCSE results, 116 students have returned to the sixth form, and the timing of the investment is perfect.”