We have seen eight years of government failure to support learning with ICT – a period of neglect and a failure of political leadership and vision. Now, it’s the words of John Osborne that ring true rather than those of Oasis, says Bob Harrison

While the education community – pupils, heads, teachers, governors, support staff – enjoyed a well-deserved summer rest away from the workload and the challenges created by reduced budgets and teacher shortages, education secretary Damian Hinds chose the middle of August to announce in the Daily Telegraph his epiphany about the transformative potential of technology for teaching, learning, assessment, and teacher workload.

Here is what he said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to see technology being used in revolutionary ways. Students are able to explore the rainforest, steer virtual ships or programme robots from their classroom, while teachers are able to access training, share best practice with colleagues and update parents on a pupil’s progress without being taken away from their main focus – teaching.

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