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Friday, December 18, 1998 Published at 13:55 GMT


Local connections to Grid for Learning

Every school is to be connected to the Internet by 2002

The government has announced details of how it will be distributing funds for the National Grid for Learning.

The Schools Minister, Charles Clarke, has given details of assistance to be given to local authorities in England to push ahead with the project, which plans to connect every school to the Internet and to provide online information and support for teachers.

[ image: Every local authority in England is to receive support for the Grid]
Every local authority in England is to receive support for the Grid
The minister is allocating £105m between local authorities, part of the £700m announced for the project by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, in November. The money will help schools to get faster Internet connections and to develop online teaching materials.

Every council will receive a share, ranging from £74,000 for Rutland to £4m for Birmingham. Four local authorities which have put forward "inventive or high quality proposals" will be given "pathfinder" status, which will lead to extra support for developing the grid.

These new pathfinders, Greenwich, Somerset, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford, are added to those already selected, Birmingham, Bradford, Cumbria, Dudley, Kent and Staffordshire.

The funding, Mr Clarke said, would "enable more schools to obtain the technical infrastructure they need to get wired up to the Grid" and would take another step nearer towards the government's target to connect all schools to the Internet by 2002.

"The Grid is already providing curriculum support and teacher materials. We expect to see a substantial increase in the availability of learning resources on the Grid over the next year, including more resources targeted at young learners."

"The Grid has enormous potential for driving up standards and for delivering material which is of immediate, practical and immediate use to schools," the minister said.

The allocation for each local authority in England is:

    Barking and Dagenham £484,638
    Barnet £562,500
    Barnsley £429,757
    Bath & NE Somerset £227,901
    Bedfordshire £830,250
    Bexley £488,360
    Birmingham £4,000,000
    Blackburn £449,871
    Blackpool £376,443
    Bolton £607,500
    Bournemouth £187,500
    Bracknell Forest £260,459
    Bradford £1,600,000
    Brent £358,131
    Brighton & Hove £502,500
    Bromley £536,027
    Buckinghamshire £1,125,000
    Bury £359,433
    Calderdale £509,857
    Cambridgeshire £911,606
    Camden £383,667
    Cheshire £982,500
    City of Bristol £1,229,091
    City of Kingston-upon-Hull £750,000
    City of London £10,000
    Cornwall £651,147
    Coventry £1,013,313
    Croydon £343,968
    Cumbria £1,500,000
    Darlington £185,947
    Derby City £468,667
    Derbyshire £637,500
    Devon £1,212,754
    Doncaster £338,596
    Dorset £675,000
    Dudley £2,000,000
    Durham £2,032,695
    Ealing £371,250
    East Riding of Yorkshire £637,500
    East Sussex £675,000
    Enfield £273,482
    Essex £1,723,500
    Gateshead £337,500
    Gloucestershire £586,032
    Greenwich £520,000
    Hackney £444,000
    Halton £358,131
    Hammersmith & Fulham £300,000
    Hampshire £1,562,752
    Haringey £358,131
    Harrow £448,152
    Hartlepool £195,344
    Havering £285,202
    Herefordshire £195,000
    Hertfordshire £1,717,500
    Hillingdon £325,573
    Hounslow £364,642
    Isle of Wight £399,921
    Isles of Scilly £17,400
    Islington £381,000
    Kensington & Chelsea £221,883
    Kent £4,200,000
    Kingston upon Thames £206,250
    Kirklees £787,500
    Knowsley £612,789
    Lambeth £520,766
    Lancashire £1,627,867
    Leeds £1,350,000
    Leicester City £455,803
    Leicestershire £900,000
    Lewisham £450,000
    Lincolnshire £1,887,402
    Liverpool £1,050,000
    Luton £325,573
    Manchester £1,410,000
    Medway Towns £750,000
    Merton £325,573
    Middlesbrough £325,573
    Milton Keynes £325,573
    Newcastle upon Tyne £885,204
    Newham £806,909
    Norfolk £1,500,000
    North East Lincolnshire £390,000
    North Lincolnshire £150,000
    North Somerset £213,305
    North Tyneside £669,000
    North Yorkshire £681,230
    Northamptonshire £1,125,000
    Northumberland £525,000
    Nottingham City £403,208
    Nottinghamshire £1,302,294
    Oldham £651,147
    Oxfordshire £1,050,000
    Peterborough £264,691
    Plymouth £830,450
    Poole £179,065
    Portsmouth £357,480
    Reading £338,585
    Redbridge £582,470
    Redcar and Cleveland £545,733
    Richmond upon Thames £259,800
    Rochdale £354,000
    Rotherham £390,688
    Rutland £74,095
    Salford £520,917
    Sandwell £366,270
    Sefton £813,934
    Sheffield £900,000
    Shropshire £622,035
    Slough £284,000
    Solihull £299,528
    Somerset £2,200,000
    South Gloucestershire £453,849
    South Tyneside £488,360
    Southampton £292,500
    Southend-on-Sea £300,161
    Southwark £624,981
    St Helens £546,536
    Staffordshire £3,000,000
    Stockport £851,651
    Stockton-on-Tees £620,726
    Stoke-on-Trent £1,000,000
    Suffolk £975,000
    Sunderland £390,688
    Surrey £2,250,000
    Sutton £337,437
    Tameside £300,000
    Telford and Wrekin £1,950,000
    Thamesdown (Swindon) £227,901
    Thurrock £205,111
    Torbay £262,500
    Tower Hamlets £450,000
    Trafford £525,000
    Wakefield £750,000
    Walsall £511,801
    Waltham Forest £450,000
    Wandsworth £454,553
    Warrington £465,000
    Warwickshire £1,122,141
    West Berkshire £260,459
    West Sussex £750,000
    Westminster £258,750
    Wigan £675,000
    Wiltshire £716,262
    Windsor and Maidenhead £300,000
    Wirral £468,826
    Wokingham £212,925
    Wolverhampton £423,245
    Worcestershire £900,000
    York £260,459

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