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Department for Education written question – answered on 24th February 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 13528, what assessment he has made of the decision-making capacity of schools, colleges and universities on effective technology (a) procurement and (b) use.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

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.

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