Schools have forecast that their ICT expenditure for 2014/2015 will be higher in cash terms than at any other time on record, according to a survey by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).
The survey of 1,238 UK schools also found that investment in hardware replacement, peripherals, software and technical support will reach £14,220 per primary school and £65,570 in each secondary school.
EdExec Live: ICT Matters will provide school business managers, heads and IT managers with the information they need to decide where best to spend in this crucial year. Experts, including Ofsted's national adviser for ICT, David Brown, will discuss how to deliver cutting-edge digital learning to pupils whilst getting the best value for money.
Valerie Thompson, chief executive of the e-Learning Foundation, will talk about the pros and cons of a wide-scale tablet roll-out and the best way for schools to use tablets and iPads, and Sally McKeown, SEN trainer and journalist, will offer informed comment on all matters concerning educational technology and special needs, including dyslexia.
The event is intended as a live version of ICT Matters, the ICT section of Education Executive magazine, and will offer an invaluable opportunity for decision-makers, technology experts and policy leaders to discuss the future of learning in a digital age.
The six seminar streams will focus on the digital classroom; communication and AV; management information systems; procurement and progress; and funding.