29 Nov 2019

TEACHERS SEEK MARKING INNOVATIONS AS YOUNGER TEACHERS SHOW LESS CONFIDENCE IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES

New Bett research released ahead of #BettTalks Twitter Hour

London, 19 November 2019: New research released today by Bett, the biggest global gathering of the EdTech community, reveals teachers desire for technological innovations that ease their workload and cut time spent marking - so long as they have the training they need when it is introduced.

The research, conducted by Teacher Tapp, surveyed over 4,800 teachers to get their opinions on both where they would like to see innovation in education, and their reactions when it is introduced. The findings will be discussed on Tuesday 3 December at 8pm in a dedicated #BettTalks Twitter hour.

When asked which area they would most like to see investment in innovation in, perhaps unsurprisingly platforms to reduce time spent marking scored most highly. Almost a quarter of respondents selected this option overall. When the results were split into primary and secondary there was a noticeable difference with about a third (32%) of secondary school teachers picking this option compared to less than a fifth of primary teachers (17%). The next most popular area for innovation for primary teachers was playground equipment that would help students stay healthy, with 14% giving this their vote.   Digital curriculum resources (12%) and rugged laptops/devices for pupils (9%) also received a tenth of the vote each.

Despite this clear desire for innovation to help their workloads, teacher reactions to innovation are telling too. When asked what their immediate thoughts would be if their headteacher told them the school was adopting an innovative new software platform that they would be expected to use in all lessons, teachers gave some revealing answers.

With the majority (44%) feeling they would be fine if they had a day of training it is interesting to note that language teachers are the most excited about innovation with over a third (36%) stating they ‘love it when they get to try new things’. This compares to only one in five (21%) of humanities teachers feeling this excitement, whereas almost the same number of English teachers (18%) say they will ignore it for as long as possible!

Perhaps surprisingly teachers in their 20s have the least faith in new tech working with over a quarter (26%) saying ‘I bet it fails the first time I use it’ compared to just a fifth of those in their 40s (20%).

There are some interesting geographical comparisons to be made too with almost a quarter (23%) of teachers in the North West most worried about new innovations taking too long to learn, compared to just one in ten (11%) in the East of England and Yorkshire sharing this concern.

Eve Harper, Bett Show Director for the UK, commented, “These findings provide useful insight for the EdTech community and it’s important for those in the industry to both understand what innovations teachers would most like to see and what worries them when they are introduced. To examine these findings further and open the discussion up to the teaching community, we will be hosting a Bett Talks Twitter hour that we would encourage all those interested in the subject to join.”

Yasmin Barnett of BESA, commented “This Bett Talks session comes straight after our LearnED Roadshow in Newcastle where we will be discussing some of these very issues.  One of our speakers will be taking part in the discussion and we would encourage the community to get involved.”

Martin Bailey, teacher and ICT Lead at Lanchester EP Primary School, speaker at the Besa LearnED Roadshow, will be participating in the Bett Talks Twitter hour.  He will be joined by Esam Baboukhan, eLearning Manager at City of Westminster College.  The Bett Talks Twitter hour will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 3 December 2019. Use #BettTalks to follow and join the discussion.


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