25 January 2019 | Prithvi Pandya
Students in the UK face leaving school without future transferable skills, reveals a study by Microsoft UK.
The company's survey finds that classrooms are not fit for purpose - with 52 per cent of teachers still using analogue equipment and 54 per cent of students having no access to laptops.
Over 74 per cent of teachers were in favour of technology supporting student learning, however, only 15 per cent of primary and secondary school teachers surveyed feel confident using technology. Just 33 per cent of teachers surveyed have received digital skills training.
As a result, only 42 per cent of teachers feel that schools are preparing their students with the skills employers would desire.
Chris Rothwell, director of education at Microsoft UK, said: "Our research shows that teachers are eager to go above and beyond to nurture future-ready skills and innovate in the classroom.
"What's important is that they have the support they need to help them get access to great learning environments, opportunities for strong professional development and the chance to work in evolving, transformational environments that support our future leaders."
More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of teaching staff worked under time and resource constraints, with 67 per cent focused on "getting through the day" rather than thinking creatively and innovatively about individual student needs.
Microsoft makes four recommendations for schools:
To put a leader in place to drive a future-focused strategy that integrates and embeds future-ready skills into the curriculum.
To integrate technology and digital skills into the curriculum to increase collaboration and peer-to-peer sharing.
To create and encourage professional learning communities to inspire and support colleagues as they embrace technology and grow their own digital skills through professional development programmes.
To learn more about cloud-based technology and manage devices to stay modern in the classroom.
The full report by Microsoft can be read here.