EDUCATE welcomes £10 million government EdTech strategy announcement

Education Sector, Government & Policy

Professor Rose Luckin, the director of the EDUCATE programme, has welcomed plans for a £10 million government strategy for EdTech in schools.

The proposal, outlined by Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education, at the Bett Show today (January 23), will see a plan for EdTech being launched from this Spring, enabling teachers, pupils and parents to buy and use technology with confidence.

The education secretary said EdTech had to be cost-effective and to reduce the costs to schools. It must also cut teacher workload and be “all about enhancing learning”. Mr Hinds also said that teachers spent too much time answering e-mails, and technology sometimes created the impression of adding to workload, rather than easing it.

Professor Luckin said Mr Hinds’ announcement of an EdTech strategy was a welcome, and overdue, development.

“Mr Hinds revealed in his address to the Bett Show that he is a former coder with IBM, so he understands very well the various uses and benefits that technology has to offer,” Professor Luckin said.

“It is timely that we have an education secretary who shares many of our views and concerns about the future of technology use in schools. In the past two years the EDUCATE programme has worked with some 170 companies who are at the cutting edge of EdTech development, creating products and services based on evidence of what works in teaching and learning.

“We look forward to learning more about the strategy that Mr Hinds has in mind, and to contributing to this important discussion, drawing on the experience and expertise we have on the EDUCATE programme.

“We extend an offer of help and support to the Department for Education in shaping this important policy.”

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