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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

#ETAGReport Published

Really excited to say that the ETAG (Education Technology Action Group) Report to which I have been a contributor to has been published today. You can download a copy of the report by clicking here - 

The Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan who opened the BETT Conference in the Excel Arena in London today, mentioned the report in her speech giving thanks to IPACA Patron Professor Heppell for his role in chairing ETAG.

The work we have been doing here at IPACA is embodied in the headlines of the report -

- No child should be left behind when it comes to connectivity, access needs to be high quality as well as safe. (We are leading with this at IPACA with super-fast connectivity as standard, we also operate the first take-home filtering policy of any school in Europe).

- Each agency involved in education should be asked to show how it is using technology to support innovation as well as how it is encouraging the adoption of successful practice. (We have a 'Researcher in Residence', Philip Wilkinson working with us three days a week from Bournemouth University. Philip's role is to evidence the innovation we are making and it's affects on the provision of learning to our young people).

- We need to start talking about technology as something that is ubiquitous and unexceptional, it is simply part of the learning entitlement. (This is our fundamental vision at IPACA).