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Schools 'need to make the most of tech spending'

31/08/2011 Joanna
More funding needs to be made available for computers within schools, a senior lecturer in information and communication technology (ICT) has warned.

Miles Berry, fellow at the University of Roehampton and vice-chair of IT association Naace, said that school technology budgets are likely to remain stretched for some time.

For this reason, he highlighted the importance of making use of the myriad of free lesson plans and teaching resources that can be found online and in the form of web-based apps.

The education expert said: "I think things are likely to be quite tight for the next few years, which might be a problem when existing kit comes up for renewal.

"With limited technology budgets, schools are going to have to be ever more careful to ensure that they make the best use of what they have and obtain best value from future spending."

His comments come at a time when GCSE and A Level results indicate that fewer students than ever are taking IT at advanced levels.

In fact, the figures indicated that just 0.5 per cent of A Level students sat IT exams in 2011. ADNFCR-2164-ID-800715769-ADNFCR
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