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IT training for teachers 'is essential'

Published: Tuesday, 13 January 2009   Category: Public sector

Teachers must be given the opportunity to become fully trained in information technology in order that they feel confident to teach IT skills to their students, it has been suggested.

According to Elspeth Farrar, communications director for AGCAS, teachers of all ages could be "easily intimidated by the level of expertise pupils are already displaying."

She added that the government requires schools to ensure that whatever subjects are being delivered in a school, there is some element of technology use in-built.

With this in mind, Ms Farrar claimed all teaching professionals "deserved" to be given full training in order that they can be confident and comfortable in using the technology.

According to Teachernet's key facts on ICT, primary Schools have an average of 37 computers each, approximately one for every 6.2 children.

Meanwhile, secondary schools have on average of 275 computers each, approximately one for every 3.6 pupils.

AGCAS:It's important that teachers are given the opportunities to "get fully trained" in IT

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