Pupils across Wales are set to benefit from a new £2.5 million Welsh Government small and rural schools grant announced today by Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams.
The fund will help schools use digital technology to prevent professional isolation, provide administrative support for headteachers with substantial teaching commitments, support the collaboration and federation of schools and facilitate the use of schools for community purposes.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented;
"Straight out of the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto, this funding will benefit pupils, teachers, and the wider community.
“Once again, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are delivering on our commitment to support rural communities and raise standards in our schools.
“We have always recognised the crucial role rural schools play within their communities. We will continue to fight for the needs of rural communities across Wales.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said;
“Small and rural schools play an important role in our national mission to raise standards and extend opportunities for all our young people.
“We are taking action and providing new funding to help small and rural schools deal with the unique challenges they face, such as small pupil numbers and issues in recruiting head teachers and staff.
“This financial support will benefit pupils, teachers, and the wider community. I want to see rural schools working more formally together and across the country, forming federations and looking into the possibility of sharing buildings with other services to ensure school buildings remain viable.”