Second-level teachers around the country are to be trained in computer skills as part of a new joint initiative to help increase computer skills among school pupils.

The programme will see Google donate €1.5 million to the scheme to train 1,000 teachers over three years.

The programme will be run by Trinity College and will particularly focus on increasing skills in disadvantaged schools.

As part of the plan, 1,000 Raspberry Pi computers will be given to schools.

These are cheap, basic credit card sized computers that can be plugged into TVs and keyboards and are good for teaching coding.