Early use of ICT gives higher pupil attainment

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New research has shown that early use of a digital resource, when embedded into the school’s long term plan, is associated with higher achievement in Key Stage 2 SATs.

The independent study, conducted by Don Passey, Senior Research Fellow from Lancaster University, found that the use of a high quality digital resource creates a wider and deeper learning experience, which can impact on understanding and achievement when used over a period of time with children. Although frequency of the use of a digital resource is likely to be important for some learners, it is the pattern of usage over time that is associated with higher end and longer term results.

The coalition government removed ring fenced funding for technology in education, and has not yet addressed the future of technology in education. This research proves the important role that technology plays in primary schools. 

The research consisted of in-depth teacher interviews, questionnaires and usage data from over 330 UK schools using the Espresso Primary resource.

Dr. Don Passey, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Lancaster says: “Resources often support certain areas of learning better than others. The width of learning aspects covered by a resource enables teachers and learners to engage more widely and in different ways with those resources.”

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