Schools get Web database to drive up standards

Brief: Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, wants teachers to get online and share their ICT and e-learning skills

The Specialist Schools Trust is creating a national database that will let teachers share the ICT and e-learning knowledge.

The trust hopes that by enabling teachers to learn from the leading schools in IT education and letting them swap experiences, the National ICT Register will improve standards in these areas across the UK.

"Using this database anyone needing advice can search for a school that has already dealt successfully with similar issues," said Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in her keynote speech at the BETT educational technology show in London on Wednesday.

"Raising an enquiry on the Web site will immediately put them in touch with someone who has valuable experience to share. [This is] to ensure teachers learn from each other."

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