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Lord Baker: 'Schools will fail a generation of children if they neglect to teach cutting-edge technology in the classroom.'

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By Marjun Ziarati, Parent Zone junior writer

New research released this week commissioned by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust reports that over a third of 11 to 17-year-olds have no opportunity to learn about the latest technology in the classroom.

The Baker Dearing Educational Trust was founded by Lord Baker and Lord Dearing to develop and promote the concept of university technical colleges (UTC) in the UK.  UTC's are non-selective technical schools for 14-19-year-olds and there are 49 across the country. According to their latest research, over two thirds of the thousand 11 to 17-year-olds in the survey say that they haven't had the opportunity to discuss a new tech or app idea with a teacher. 32% of children say they know more about technology than their teacher. When asked about the tech skills they would like to learn the top five were:

1. Building apps (45%)

2. Creating Games (43%)

3. Virtual reality (38%)

4.  Coding computer languages (34%)

5. Artificial intelligence (28%)

*Children’s figures taken from research carried out by One Poll on behalf of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust/ University Technical Colleges. This was an online poll of 1,000 UK children aged between 11-17 who attend a state-funded school in England. The research was conducted between June 12 2017 and  June 14 2017.


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