Pupils’ academic skills improve when they have one to one access to computers in the classroom, research from the Learning Foundation has found.
In a study carried out by the educational technology consultancy, 40% of parents whose children had previously had access to computers thought that giving them one to one access to the technology improved their results at school. This figure rose to 70% among those parents whose children had previously had no access to computers.
Almost three quarters (74%) of parents thought that their children were more engaged with school when they had a computer to themselves and only slightly fewer (72%) said that they also saw an improvement in how they engaged with homework.
Unsurprisingly, almost all participants in the study (96%) felt that their children’s IT skills had been improved by one to one eLearning. Almost eight in 10 (77%) said that their child had an improved attitude to their studies, 85% said they are taking more responsibility for their learning and 70% said they now receive better marks for school or homework than before.
Paul Finnis, chief executive of the Learning Foundation, said: “The UK is yet again having to face the fact that only half of children in Year 6 have met the new expected standards in their Key Stage 2 SAT tests.
“We believe that implementing successful 1:1 e-learning programmes, which we see working so well in our partner schools, could have a profound impact on that deficit.”