Information Technology (Schools)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Dan Norris Dan Norris Labour, Wansdyke

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Wansdyke and (ii) Bath and North East Somerset are equipped with (A) interactive whiteboards and (B) broadband technology.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

The available information is as follows:

For England, my Department estimates that 63 per cent. of primary schools and 92 per cent. of secondary schools were equipped with electronic interactive whiteboards in 2004. The latest figures were published in SFR 27/2004 "Survey of Information and Communications Technology in Schools 2004", which is available on my Department's website: www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/

31 per cent. of primary schools and 91 per cent. of secondary schools were equipped with broadband technology in 2003; the latest figures were published in the Statistical Bulletin "Survey of Information and Communications Technology in Schools 2003", which is available on my Department's website: www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/

Both sets of figures were derived from a sample of schools.

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) compile figures on broadband connectivity as reported by local education authorities. South Gloucestershire LEA reported that all of its maintained schools were equipped with broadband technology and Bath and North East Somerset LEA reported that 53 per cent. of its maintained schools were equipped with broadband technology.

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