New review homes in on ICT access

A new review of software licensing and document interoperability issues will tackle home and school computer use in UK and will analyse how pupils and parents can cost effectively acquire the applications and licences necessary when working on the same document on either a home or school computer.

Government agency, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), will also address compatibility issues when a home computer runs different office productivity products to those at school. It will also explore the licensing implications when a pupil or a parent logs on to a school system, and uses resources and applications on those systems. It was particularly important both in the context of addressing the digital divide and in the increasing number of circumstances where pupils and parents access information and resources online from schools.