Diplomas are likely to cost pound;1,000 per pupil more than equivalant GCSEs and pound;1,500 more than A-levels, but the final cost to the taxpayer is still unknown. The Public Accounts Committee found this week that many teachers are still in the dark about how the new qualifications are being funded. It added that nearly half of the schools, colleges and employers offering the new qualifications had yet to carry out "skills audits", determining how ready their teachers were to teach the new courses. The committee reiterated concerns that the Government had not yet convinced parents, employers and universities of the diplomas' credibility.
Confidence in teachers' ability to use interactive whiteboards is much greater in primary than secondary schools, a new survey of 1,300 schools shows. The study, by the British Education Suppliers Association, found 40 per cent of primary ICT co-ordinators felt most staff were confident with the equipment, compared to only 7 per cent in secondary. Around 40 per cent of primary and 32 per cent of secondary schools did not have a learning platform, although the Government wants them for 2010. www.besa.org.uk
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