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Teachers slow on the IT uptake;Career development

Most teachers are still not confident or competent in handling new technology, judging by a new report from the National Foundation for Educational Research.

It suggests that the massive information technology training programme for teachers that the Government is to launch this month is long overdue.

The report says that, although thousands of computers have been installed in schools over the past decade, the percentage of secondary teachers using them twice a week or more has remained constant, at about 32 per cent. In primary schools the position is better: most teachers use computers at least a couple of times a week.

Sue Harris, the report's author, says: "Motivated, interested teachers are willing to get involved, but the less motivated still tend to avoid new technology."

"INSET for IT: a review of the literature relating to preparation for and use of IT in schools" is available from the Communications Unit, NFER, The Mere, Upton Park, Slough, BerkshireSL1 2DQ, price pound;5

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