The EdTech Strategy
Last month, the new EdTech strategy was published with aims to reduce teachers workload, increase student outcomes and create equal opportunities for those with special needs and disabilities.
The strategy, which is backed by £10 million in funding, is designed to raise the standard in schools, colleges and universities across the country.
How will this happen?
Innovative technology businesses will work alongside teachers, lecturers and education professionals to tackle common challenges faced in teaching. They will also work to make sure those within the education industry are equipped with the skills and tools needed to meet the requirements of their students.
What challenges will the strategy tackle?
The EdTech strategy highlights 10 education challenges that the Government aim to change and how they plan to do so. These challenges include:
In a statement, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: ‘This strategy is just the first step in making sure the education sector is able to take advantage of all of the opportunities available through EdTech.’
‘We now call on schools, businesses and technology developers to realise the huge potential of technology to transform our schools so that teachers have the time to focus on teaching, their own professional development, and — crucially — are able to cater to the needs of every single one of their pupils.’
In the past, the Government has been criticised for ignoring teacher calls on how to improve the education sector with many feeling that the new strategy is long overdue.
Whilst it’s still early days, the EdTech strategy promises the start of many partnerships, collaborations and strategies that aim to place the UK at the forefront of developing and adapting new technologies.
For more information, check out the Governments Press Release on EdTech.