Almost half of teachers say they lack adequate technology to teach remotely, a new survey shows.
The survey, carried out by Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) and Dixons Carphone, was completed by 700 teachers in 200 schools across the UK.
It asked them questions regarding the quality of their technology at home.
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In total 47 per cent of teachers who responded to the survey said they believe they do not have adequate technology at home to effectively teach remotely.
Furthermore, only 24 per cent had internet access without a suitable device on which to work while 16 per cent had reliable internet, but only one device at home that had to be shared with others in their household.
In addition, 7 per cent said their internet connection did not have adequate data with which to work.
20 per cents off those in the study said they relied on a mobile phone for internet access
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Many respondents in the study said they also lacked a suitable device to work from home with- 20 per cent said they relied on a mobile phone for internet access and had no other suitable device.
Meanwhile, 66 per cent said they had access to a laptop while only 11 per cent said they had access to a desktop computer.
Only 53 per cent of respondents believed their home internet set-up was fully suitable for working from home.
According to Ofcom research from April 2021, digital poverty affects millions nationwide – 1.5 million UK homes still have no internet access.
The findings of the survey were released on the day thousands of children across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A Level results.
Paul Finnis, Chief Executive of the Digital Poverty Alliance said: “We are delighted for these young people who did so well this year in spite of the exceptionally difficult circumstances that they found themselves in.
“But we also know that there will be many who did not excel or even achieve what they had hoped for and, even more sadly, were capable of.
“As the Ofcom report from April showed, 1.5m UK homes still have no internet access, 20% of children did not always have a device for online learning while schools were closed, and 4% of school-age children had to rely solely on mobile internet access during the pandemic, which also adds additional costs to already underprivileged families.
“The UK is facing not just a legacy of lost learning that children have had to cope with during lockdown, but also the lost opportunities for supporting their learning and their lives at home by providing the access they needed to the digital world over the past year.
“To add, our survey that we released today shows that 47% of the UK teachers did not have adequate technology at home to enable them to carry out teaching work remotely.
“As part of its levelling-up agenda, the government must address digital inequality. To help the government achieve this goal, the DPA is dedicated to building a community of individuals, companies and organisations who can share the best solutions for bridging the digital divide.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “We understand the additional challenges faced by disadvantaged children during this pandemic, which is why we invested £400 million to provide more than 1.3 million laptops and tablets to support access to remote education and online social care services.
“We targeted allocated devices for disadvantaged children who need them most, using free school meals data, and schools are able to request additional devices if needed.”
The Department for Education also noted that allocations are made based on the need of disadvantaged pupils in years 3 to 13 using data on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals and external estimates of the number of devices that school already own.
They also claim that they’ve provided support for over 100,000 families to get online through uplifts in mobile data and 4G wireless routers.