High hopes for hi-tech;Digest

22nd October 1999 at 01:00
As if the literacy and numeracy hours were not enough to deal with, all teachers are now expected to get up to speed with using information and communications technology in the classroom, writes Chris Johnston.

However, you are not expected to do it alone - an ambitious nationwide training programme funded by the National Lottery's New Opportunities Fund (NOF) is getting underway to help teachers become confident and competent users of ICT in their lessons.

There are a range of providers, which include university schools of education, local education authorities, commercial consortiums and subject associations. Schools in England and Wales can choose their own; education authorities will make the decision in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

NOF is working with the Teacher Training Agency and has produced a CD-Rom to help teachers assess their training needs. The idea is that schools collate the results so they can decide which provider's training programme is best suited to each of their teachers' specific needs.

The disc for primary teachers covers English, mathematics and science. There have been complaints that the CD demands a certain level of knowledge about ICT to use it, so those unfamiliar with computers may need some help.

The TTA has conceded that many teachers will need help in basic computer skills, but says this must be integrated into the curriculum training.

Training will be provided using distance-learning materials (a mix of paper-based, CD-Rom and Web resources) by most providers, although there may be some face-to-face training. No funding is available for supply cover, so training will have to be done after the school day's end. Office for Standards in Education inspectors will assess training to monitor quality.

The NOF scheme is one of the largest training programmes ever attempted and - although its aims will be difficult to achieve - it has to succeed if practising teachers are to make effective use of ICT in the classroom.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now