The Department knows that it can be difficult for teachers and leaders to make choices about the technology that will best meet their needs and those of their students. There is more to do to help schools realise the full benefits of technology to address teacher workload, increase efficiencies, meet the needs of young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and ultimately help to promote positive outcomes for all young people.
The Department’s Education Technology Strategy, ‘Realising the potential of technology in education’, published in April 2019, highlights several barriers to the effective use of technology in schools, colleges and universities and covers the actions we are taking to help address them. The publication can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/realising-the-potential-of-technology-in-education.
We are exploring the role of EdTech marketplaces, including supporting ‘LendEd’ – an online platform by the British Educational Suppliers Association that enables schools and colleges to compare products and try digital tools before buying them.
We launched a Testbed Programme to help schools and colleges understand the impact of technology and what works in their environment.
Our EdTech Demonstrators programme, launching in the Spring, will help schools and colleges who are proficient in their use of technology, to provide peer-to-peer support to others looking to improve.