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The National Digital Resource Bank

Above: The National Digital Resource Bank


In an unprecedented public sector collaboration, over the last 12 weeks more than 120 Local Authorities have agreed a process of sharing millions of pounds of publicly funded assets. The assets in question are digital learning resources that have been developed to enable teachers to deliver personalised learning to millions of UK learners.


Since 1997, in excess of £5billion has been invested into ICT development in schools. The Building Schools of the Future program (BSF) as well as continued investment through the Harnessing Technology grant makes ICT a highly significant public expenditure. Yet return on that investment will not be fully realised if the equipment and infrastructure does not carry digital learning resources relevant to the national curriculum. Worryingly there is also little evidence that there will be adequate digital learning resources for the new Vocational Diplomas.