This article by Bob Harrison provides some useful insights into government policy in relation to ICT in education. Unsurprisingly the focus seems to be on schools 'helping each other' with limited (or non-existent) support and/or funding from DfE. An interesting quote: '... the last BECTA ICT research, the OFSTED report on ICT in schools, and a more recent BESA schools survey suggest that “some schools know better than others” but the effective use of ICT across all sectors in education is extremely variable. The challenge is how do we reduce the variation in provision and avoid a “digital divide” which may exacerbate other existing divisions and obviously raises issues of equity and equality of opportunity ...'
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.