Every Child Matters focuses on giving each child the support they require. The emerging emphasis on personalised learning is closely tied with ECM outcomes and is a rapidly developing central educational theme. The ‘personalised learning space’ and many management processes depend on the broadband networks that Local Authorities have been very successfully installing and operating.
Educational demand on these IT networks is increasing rapidly, sometimes doubling in a year. However a number of threats, not least from infrastructure price rises, have been identified that could restrict further development. Strong management action will be required to keep educational strategies such as personalised learning on course. This NEN Strategy Paper is a result of discussions between the broadband agencies in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the ten Regional Broadband Consortia representing Local Authorities in England.