• Technology investments are not intended to replace teachers, says Education Secretary

Government investment in education technology is designed to supplement traditional teaching practices, the Secretary of State for Education has said.

Nicky Morgan claims that education technology should not be regarded as a substitute for teachers but as an opportunity to improve existing processes.

“We see education technology as an aid to excellent schools and excellent teachers, not a replacement for them,” Morgan said.

In outlining the government’s plans to improve access to technology in schools, she announced a broadband investment of £1.3 billion. Morgan claimed that regardless of students’ location, they will be able to rely on a high speed, reliable internet connection.

The Education Secretary also claimed that software that can capture data on attendance, attainment and pupil progress, would help improve processes. She said that this could help lighten teacher workloads, while digital testing could play a crucial role in how the curriculum is taught and shaped.

“The analysis of that data can be invaluable to teachers and system leaders, informing them which parts of the curriculum they are teaching well and signalling where there is room for improvement,” Morgan said.

“These assessments are becoming more intelligent, allowing the tests to grow with the students. This is really exciting because it means assessments can be tailored in real time to the needs of students.”