Digital Divide Opening in UK Schools

According to a new report there is a direct correlation between places that have poor broadband and poor ICT provision in schools.

The report states that 65% of primary schools and 54% of secondary schools complained about a lack of Wi-Fi connectivity. Areas where schools are struggling with bandwidth issues include Cumbria in England, East Ayrshire in Scotland and Gwynedd in Wales.

The authors from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) called on the government to fix the issue.

BESA's director Caroline Wright said: "It is of great concern that pupils are being denied access to innovative and effective digital learning because of poor internet connectivity in more than half of the UK's schools.

"In today's digital society, classroom connectivity to an online world of knowledge and resources should be a right for every student in their place of learning and not a lottery.

"If a teacher standing at the front of the class knows that they have unreliable Wi-Fi they are less likely to use internet-connected resources and devices."

There were some positives to be found from the report however, as findings proved schools are rapidly increasing the number of laptops in classrooms and many are using lower-cost tablets to offer more children access to a device during lessons.

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