Just 1% of primary state schools provide devices that their pupils can take home, compared to 38% of private primary schools according to new survey data from polling organisation Teacher Tapp, published today by Microsoft in association with think tank The Centre for Education and Youth.
As schools continue to flex and adjust to a second national lock down, this new data highlights the challenges faced in providing the connected learning that education increasingly depends upon. The findings, published in a new report, also highlight the benefits and opportunities that teachers believe access to technology can provide.
Microsoft commissioned the survey of more than 5,000 teachers across England, including more than 1,200 senior leaders, to better understand the value and benefits educators perceive from current education technologies and the barriers they foresee to future adoption, the so-called “digital divide” included. The results are eye opening:
- In the state sector just one-in-three teachers has access to one-to-one technologies, compared to two in three teachers in the private sector
- 72% of students in schools rated inadequate by Ofsted do not have access to individual devices in their classrooms, compared with 59% in outstanding schools
- Just 1% of primary state schools provide devices that their pupils can take home, compared with 38% of private primary schools. At secondary level, 7% of secondary state schools provide take home devices, while 20% of private secondary schools do so
Evidence regarding the severity of England’s digital divide has been mounting throughout the pandemic, with the global health crisis throwing into sharp relief the inequalities that divide England’s children and young people. Although on any given day, only around 15% of lessons involve anyone using a device, recent months have pressed fast forward on the process of transforming schools and education, with hybrid learning rapidly becoming the “new normal”.
Chris Rothwell, Director of Education at Microsoft UK, said: “In order for children to reach their full potential, they need teachers who are working at theirs, with technology that can help that. It’s critical schools, students, teachers and IT departments have access to the right software, tools, training, and practical guidance to do just that.”
here to download the full report.
To learn more about the results of the study, or to speak to someone about device options for your school, please visit our webpage here.
You can also learn more about Microsoft’s vision for the future of education in our new paper “Reimagining education: From remote to hybrid learning,” a collaboration between Microsoft and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.
Note: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Teacher Tapp. Total sample size was 5,000 Primary and Secondary Teachers online in England. Fieldwork was undertaken between May 6 and 7 2020. The survey was carried out online