The Education Technology Industry

We no longer hear of classrooms using a blackboard and chalk. Today, the future of education clearly lies in EdTech, the use of various technologies to enhance and facilitate education. Although, technology should not take over the classroom - I still firmly believe a teacher’s presence stands necessary.

However, research finds that technology can make a positive impact on educational performance and learning, increasingly, a growing body of evidence now suggests that when systematically implemented, educational technology can support a wide range of educational innovations, support in the classroom, peer-to-peer teaching and vast customised learning.

In recent years, Educational Technology has boomed throughout the UK. According to one report from the Education Foundation, EdTech is one of the fastest growing tech sectors in London. There are over 200 EdTech startups and SMEs based in the capital, with another 1000 across the UK. The Education Technology sector now makes up 4% of all digital companies, the same as FinTech (financial technology).

There is huge demand from countries across the globe to incorporate UK EdTech offerings into schools, colleges, universities and training institutions. In 2013, the UK Government published a report that suggested the education exports industry was worth £17.5 billion a year. In the same report, the government outlined its plans to increase this to around £30bn by 2020 and EdTech will make up a large portion of this number.

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The EdTech scene offers such a large range of quality products, ranging from online courses, corporate and e-learning platforms, networking, and various tools to help those working in education.


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