Over half of the UK's state schools have poor web access that is hampering their ability to teach IT skills, despite coming under ever more pressure to churn out tech-savvy pupils.
Research by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) revealed that 65 percent of primary schools and 54 percent of secondary schools suffer from a lack of WiFi connectivity.
Inadequate broadband was another concern for schools, with 42 percent of primary schools and 31 percent of secondary schools reporting that they felt "under-resourced" with internet connectivity.
The report carries some weight as it draws on findings from ICT co-ordinators at 727 primary and 498 secondary schools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The BESA report discovered a correlation between schools with poor access to IT equipment and services, and the UK's broadband ‘not-spots' identified by telecoms watchdog Ofcom. These areas include East Ayrshire in Scotland, Cumbria in England and Gwynedd in Wales.
Caroline Wright, director at BESA, highlighted the importance of having access to technology in the classroom.
"In today's digital society, classroom connectivity to an online world of knowledge and resources should be a right for every student in their place of learning and not a lottery," she said.
"It is of great concern that pupils are being denied access to innovative and effective digital learning because of poor internet connectivity in more than half of the UK's schools."
There were some more positive announcements in the report. In contrast to the poor connectivity and access to computers, the report identified that tablet adoption is increasing in schools, due to their lower cost per device.
The number of computers in schools is also set to increase - by 50,000 units in primary schools and 92,000 units in secondary schools.
ICT budgets are predicted to increase during 2015/14. A 5.5 percent increase is forecast for primary schools resulting in an average of £14,450 per school. In secondary schools the increase will be nine percent raising budgets to £64,400 per school.
BESA declared that key findings of the report will be shared with the government departments involved in addressing the technology needs of England's schools.
Wright is keen for the government to take action on the results of the research.
"BESA urges the government to consider the findings of today's report and take speedy action to ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from an education that harnesses the power of educational technology and equips them with the digital skills they need to achieve success in our 21st century knowledge economy," she said.
The education and use of technology in schools is becoming ever more important as the government looks to close the UK's IT skills gap.
Coding is now a compulsory subject across England's schools, introduced in September in a bid to address the need for digital skills at a grassroots level.
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