Following pilot installations at two primary schools in Newport, 18 more schools will receive funding towards IP-based surveillance equipment and the necessary central infrastructure.
The roll-out is co-ordinated by the Newport Community Safety Partnership, a joint venture between the council and the Gwent Police force.
Phil Cox, principal consultant at Newport City Council, said the existence of the National Grid for Learning has lent itself to easy and low-cost implementation of Internet-based CCTV.
"We wanted to use an infrastructure that was already in place, as building a new one is where most of the costs are. Because the grid connects all the schools, we did not have to re-invent the infrastructure," he said.
The Newport schools systems' e-surveillance software was developed by Farsight, and the infrastructure was built by Cable & Wireless.