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The attainment gap between privileged and disadvantaged GSCE students will take over 100 years to close, while poor access to technology for pupils from deprived areas is thwarting UK businesses, experts say.
The Education Policy Institute recently published its annual report on the state of education in England, and found that the disadvantage gap at the end of secondary school has shown a significant slowdown in the rate of gap closure over the last few years – threatening the ambition of significantly greater social mobility.
Mediaworks is pioneering the way for the younger generation and helping those interested become familiar with the world of digital opportunities. Recently the digital marketing agency took part in the opening of Lloyds Banking educational programme, The Rediscover Live Project. Selected as part of a cohort of success businesses in the North East, Mediaworks supported the project in a bid to bring more awareness to the sector.
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Today, schools are facing increasing challenges as budgets are progressively shrinking whilst classes continue to grow every year, putting significant pressures on teachers to find the optimal way to provide the personalised learning that students need to succeed. Blended learning, combining e-learning with traditional classroom methods and independent study, is a powerful way to improve both the teaching and learning experience – bringing subjects to life and enabling students to learn in new and tailored ways.
As technology becomes ingrained in day-to-day lessons, teachers feel that the next step in ICT – virtual reality (VR) – will benefit learning by enhancing engagement in lessons and raising attainment.
According to global technology group Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), 94% of teachers can see how their lessons can be enhanced by the technology and nearly half (42%) estimate it will be commonplace in the next five years.
An ICT expert has slashed spending at one trust by using reconditioned equipment.
Schools face a decrease in the number of ICT network staff despite using efficient technology such as the cloud, experts say.
Art of Technology Schools competition shows dramatic changes in kids’ creative thinking as technology embeds deeper
A national UK study into children’s attitudes to technology has provided clear evidence that children are incorporating computing into their individual inner worlds and have found another way of playing and imagining which accommodates the change.
The Rt Hon John Bercow, Buckinghamshire MP and Speaker for the House of Commons recently attended a coding workshop at Swanbourne School to see how they were keeping up with the new computing curriculum. Mr Bercow certainly got more than he bargained for as he ended up taking part in the work shop provided by FUZE Technologies and even partnered with a very impressed student.
Two years after the UK national curriculum required computing to be taught in schools from the ages of five to 16, it has been revealed that teachers are struggling to deliver the subject. And supply teachers are at risk of falling even further behind their permanent counterparts, warns supply teacher agency PK education.
While some educators still believe books are best, most realise that in the age of the iPad, children can’t be expected to learn solely from text books anymore. They are used to looking up everything they need to know at a touch of a screen. Take away that interactive element, and they’re going to be pretty disengaged.
Specialist education and technology writer, Laura Varley, reports on behalf of Parago, asset management solutions for schools...
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