The government’s announcement of the first ed-tech strategy earlier this year (DfE, 2019) began to pave the way for a new approach to technology in schools. It seemed that, for the first time, a secretary of state understood its relevance and the role it could play in aiding teaching and learning.
For those of us working in this burgeoning sector, the strategy – which was finally launched in the spring with the promise of funding worth £10 million – felt doubly significant.
In the first instance, the Department for Education (DfE) was sending out an important message that the entrepreneurs developing educational technology needed to up their game and ensure that their products and services were robust, valid and fit for purpose. It was an acknowledgement that ed-tech was, and is, here to stay.
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