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High speed internet arrives at Knowsley schools

by Guy Murphy

Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot is the latest school to complete its Connect the Classroom project, the total investment the school has received from the Department of Education is £32k and the project will massively benefit the staff and children.

Alt Bridge, Holy Family Cronton and St Joseph’s the Worker have also completed ‘Connect the Classroom’ projects, which is a national programme aimed at helping schools across the country to upgrade their wireless network infrastructure.

The improvements to IT technology will mean that pupils can benefit from fast and reliable access to online resources to enhance their learning.

The upgrade to the wireless network within the schools compliments the implementation of SD-WAN broadband which, in most cases, will provide three times the bandwidth previously experienced without any increase in rental costs.

Knowsley has been identified as an Education Investment area, meaning schools in borough are eligible to apply to bid for Department for Education funding through the Connect to the Classroom programme.

The Council’s School IT team has developed bids for 40 schools in the Borough with Bluebell Park having already benefited from the project. It is hoped that around £2.25m could be secured to enable more schools in the Borough to benefit from having network upgrades which would support enhancing learning and teaching experiences.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It is absolutely vital that pupils in Knowsley schools can benefit from reliable internet access to support their learning and development.

“Digital connectivity has never been more important. Unfortunately, we know that not all of our young people have access to the internet at home so ensuring that we have the best possible infrastructure in our schools is extremely important.”