Computers 'can raise attainment'

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High levels of computer technology in schools can improve attainment to an extent, a four-year study has found.
The ?34m ICT Test Bed project by computer agency Becta in three deprived areas of England showed gains in some GCSE and primary school test scores.

Ofsted inspectors tended to disregard ICT, and computer use was inhibited by assessment methods, the study found.

But Ofsted denied the report findings, saying its inspections highlighted the effectiveness of ICT.

The study involved 23 primary schools, five secondaries and three further education colleges.

These were in Barking and Dagenham, Sandwell and Durham - all areas of relative though different social and economic disadvantage.

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