Government unveils second batch of edtech demonstrator schools


A further 18 schools and colleges have been named edtech demonstrators by the government, expanding on 20 institutions first announced in April.

Each will receive up to £150,000, enabling the schools to provide technology support and assistance with remote learning, designed to help minimise any potential negative impacts on pupils as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures form part of the government’s £10 million edtech strategy, the brainchild of former education secretary Damian Hinds.

With a clear focus on ‘harnessing the power of technology in schools’, the latest announcement includes eight schools and a further eight colleges or further education providers.

Others to benefit are a partnership between Suffolk Academies Trust and the West College Group, as well as the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust that operates 32 schools across the East Midlands and northern England.

What being an edtech demonstrator school or college involves

The majority of schools to be included in the programme are rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, while the Department for Education also undertakes rigorous tests to ensure that institutions have ‘robust financial controls’ in place.

Each chosen school – picked on their ability to showcase the effective use of technology – receives between £70,000 and £150,000 in grant funding, and they will be expected to share their expertise through the scheme until the end of March 2021.

When coupled with the initial set of schools, colleges and other institutions, the scheme covers vast swathes of England and provides schools and teachers with a useful resource that they can rely on.

As a result of the global pandemic, all support that is offered by the edtech demonstrators will be delivered remotely.

The full list of successful applicants for the edtech demonstrator schools and colleges scheme can be found on the government website.

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