Ahead of Bett 2020, Caroline Wright looks at BESA’s latest research findings on the state of ed-tech in UK schools and the challenges faced by the sector, not least when it comes to teacher training

It was back in 2018 at the international ministerial event, the Education World Forum, that the former secretary of state for education, Damian Hinds, challenged the technology industry to launch an education revolution for schools, colleges and universities.

As Mr Hinds recognised, for all that technology has promised in terms of supporting learning and reducing teachers’ workload, its full potential is yet to be realised in schools. So, two years on, we have to ask what progress has been made?

As an official partner to the Department for Education (DfE), the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has been working with the UK’s leading ed-tech suppliers and more than 1,200 schools to gather their views on the issues outlined by Mr Hinds – not least the challenges they feel continue to cause a barrier to progression.

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