Andrew Percy – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Education

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Andrew Percy on 2014-03-24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparison he has made with other OECD countries of the effects on pedagogy of giving one to one tablets to every pupil in secondary schools.

Elizabeth Truss

The Department for Education has reviewed evidence on the effects of one-to-one tablet schemes on pedagogy, and more broadly within education, from the UK and Australia. Positive effects on pedagogy cited within the studies considered include: improvemements to lessons and homework, characterised by more creative and engaging tasks; more and better quality feedback to pupils; and improvements in monitoring and assessment.

The Department will continue to review international research in this area, such as that being undertaken by the Creative Classroom project of the European Schoolnet organisation. This study is looking at the effects of one-to-one tablet use, in 45 secondary schools, and across eight European countries.