The DfE’s EdTech Strategy, which was published in April 2019, was welcomed across the edtech sector as a landmark moment. While there had been signs of growing support for edtech in the months preceding the report, the strategy’s publication was the first official endorsement of the increasingly important role technology plays at all levels of education.
As an edtech company, we naturally took a keen interest in the strategy, the commitments it lays out and, in particular, the impact that it might have on further education. You can read our initial view in our blog post from July 2019.
Since the strategy was published, we’ve had the opportunity to speak to many of our partner colleges, colleagues across the UK edtech sector, and key figures in the world of education about their thoughts on how technology might – as the strategy suggests – create a “step change in the digital services available to parents, students, teachers and education leaders”.
In November 2019, we were delighted to form part of the AoC Annual Conference programme by delivering a breakout session exploring the strategy. Mindful Education’s Mark Mckenna was joined by Martin Doel (Visiting Professor at UCL’s Institute of Education and former CEO at the Association of Colleges), James Norris (Vice Principal at Walsall College) and Kelly Edwards (Head of Quality at Harlow College – the UK’s only Apple-accredited college) to discuss their views on all things edtech.
The session was accompanied by a thought piece which explores the digital landscape for further education. Download the thought piece.
Watch our short highlights video to hear what our panellists have to say on the DfE’s EdTech Strategy and what it means for colleges.