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Information and Communication Technology

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress the e-Strategy Programme Board is making on integrating the use of IT in education; and if he will make a statement. (76124)

The Department established a high level Technology Group in October 2005 to oversee the system wide implementation of the e-Strategy in England. The Department is supported in this role by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)—lead delivery partners for the e-Strategy.

The e-Strategy is being delivered through four interlinked transformational programmes:

Strategic Technologies—strategic and cost effective deployment of technological infrastructure.

E-Maturity—building people and institutional capacity for effective use of technology.

Personalised Content—multimedia resources adaptable to learners’ needs and learning styles.

Knowledge Architecture—improving the way in which information is shared and managed to support more personalised learning.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated to schools for the purchase of information community technology equipment in each year since 1997. (76161)

There was no specific funding allocated for the purchase of ICT equipment in 1997. ICT funding allocations for schools in England in each year from 1998 to 2006 are detailed in ‘Funding for ICT in Schools in England’ which is available in the House Library.

From 2006-07 we have moved to a new method of funding for ICT equipment and there is no specific amount for ICT. The amounts previously allocated specifically for ICT have been included in allocations for Devolved Formula Capital and School Development Grant. Schools may use their overall resources, including their Devolved Formula Capital grant and their Schools Development Grant, to purchase ICT equipment and services. This supports schools in their financial management and provides greater flexibility on how they spend funding to target their priorities.