Under the auspices of the UN and as part of a wider Declaration first formulated in Geneva in 2003, access and contribution to the Internet, that vast repository of human knowledge, experience, and opinion, has been classified as a basic human right.
The so-called ‘digital divide’ is considered a form of discrimination dividing the rich and the poor… on the basis of access, or lack of access, to information technology. It is an updated version of an older gap that has always existed between the information rich and the information poor. The term ‘digital divide’ underlines the existential reality that all individuals and groups regardless of status or income must have access to technology in order to share in its benefits but at this time, not all do.
How big a problem is this? To find out, we conducted an online survey amongst teachers in the UK.
Over one thousand primary and secondary teachers both full and part time, plus ancillaries, participated in a online survey across the entire sector from Key Stage 1 up to Key Stage 3 and beyond together with YouGov an international research data and analytics group. Both male and female teachers were represented across all career spans, from younger practitioners up to those approaching retirement.
Download this research report to read about how teachers across the UK responded to the following questions:
- What is the biggest barrier to successful remote learning?
- Is blended learning the future for UK education?
- Thinking about the next 12 months. In general, which, if any, of the following would you say you are particularly concerned about when it comes to teaching?
- Overall, do you think the UK Government has done enough to support students without internet access at home (e.g. providing equipment, financial support, etc.)?
- How much work outside of school requires student internet access?
- Is there a plan in place at your school to provide solutions for students who do not have internet access at home?
- How are you managing homework for students without internet access at home?
- In which, if any, of the following ways do you think lack of internet access has affected your students over the last year (i.e. since May 2020)?)