Building a brighter future

Our vision for building an innovative, efficient, informed, inclusive and connected school network for today's students.

This is our opportunity to forge a clearer path and build a brighter future. With the Schools Digital Strategy (SDS), our schools will be empowered to determine their own digital future and be supported with the digital skills and tools they need to succeed.

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Setting a clear digital roadmap

The solutions co-designed with schools are now embedded in a delivery roadmap that is structured over three horizons spanning seven years.


1. Optimise

The Rural Access Gap proof of concept (POC) covered 29 schools in the Dubbo, Narrabri, and Northern Border Region as part of Release 1 of the program.

The POC was extended to 110 schools by the end of June 2021.  The program will now be rolled out to the remaining schools over the subsequent two years.


2. Evolve

Service delivery, digital infrastructure, processes and platforms are extended throughout the public school network.

Principals can browse a digital service catalogue as new needs emerge; teachers blend digital elements seamlessly into their lesson delivery; parents and carers gain full visibility of their child's learning journey; and continual innovation becomes the norm as new and emerging technologies are fully leveraged.


3. Transform

Digital delivery becomes fully integrated across the department and sector-leading expertise is developed. Students enjoy equitable access to digital resources and smart devices, and the department provides strategic advice based on data-driven insights.


Rural Access Gap

Research by SDS confirmed that the digital divide between rural and metropolitan schools continues to widen.  

To address this, the Rural Access Gap (RAG) Direct Intervention Package was developed to lift the digital capability of rural schools to the level of their metropolitan counterparts and lay the foundations for student equity across the state.

Over a two-year period, these schools will see improved connectivity, upgraded learning spaces, better access to students’ data and education resources, and reduced administration burden.

Three primary students exploring an education case with female teacher.
NSW Dept of Education. South Grafton Public School. 3/7/2020


Use these resources to better understand how the strategy will help our schools, areas of immediate focus, and how it will be delivered.

These include outlining the case for change to become a world leader in digitally-enabled education, the challenges we face, key areas of investment needed, and a detailed breakdown of the plan.