By the numbers: ICT spending

16th November 2012 at 00:00

School technology budgets in the UK are rising as heads invest more money in laptops and tablet computers, a survey from the British Educational Suppliers Association found.

The survey of 766 primaries and 551 secondaries showed that schools are earmarking more cash for technology this year, with a 2.1 per cent rise overall. The change comes after four years of declining budgets.

ICT spending in the current financial year is predicted to be #163;12,720 on average in primaries and #163;57,580 in secondaries.

But while cash is being found for equipment, there is concern over jobs. A survey from the NASUWT teaching union revealed that just over half the teachers questioned feared job cuts owing to a change in the English curriculum from ICT to computer science.

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