Last Monday saw the first meeting of the EdTech (Education Technology) Leadership Group, backed by the Department for Education (DfE) and chaired by Paralympian Baron Chris Holmes. The purpose of the groups is to discuss and promote the use of technology in the classroom, encourage schools to utilise it effectively, and unlock technology’s potential to “boost accessibility and inclusion”.
Minister for universities, science, research and innovation Chris Skidmore said:
“Technology can be one of the single most important elements in any school, college or university and act as a catalyst for those who learn and those who teach […] I would like EdTech companies to step forward with bold, innovative proposals that will make a real difference to the lives of students and teachers.”
The group is part of the DfE’s wider EdTech strategy, which aims to ensure “technology meets the needs of teachers, lecturers, pupils and students”. The programme is part funded by the strategy’s £10 million investment, of which £4.6 million will be directly used to fund industry innovation and the development for EdTech products.