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Remote Education: Computer Software

Question for Department for Education

UIN 157106, tabled on 23 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of January 29 2021 to Question 142923 on Remote Education, how much funding has been allocated to technical support to help schools set up accounts for Google and Microsoft during the covid-19 lockdowns; and how much funding for that purpose is yet to be allocated.

Answered on

1 March 2021

As of 24 February 2021, £5.4 million has been spent out of a programme budget of £14.23 million, leaving £8.83 million of remaining funding.

The primary reason for selecting the (a) Microsoft and (b) Google platforms was that they are free to use to the education sector, and both platforms include features and functionalities that are designed to support communication, collaboration and assessment.

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