30 September 2015


Virgin Media Business, the arm of Virgin Media that provides connectivity to more than 3,000 schools, has today published the findings from its annual ‘Generation Tech’ research, a state of the nation report that examines the use of technology and digital in the classroom.

  • Annual ‘Generation Tech’ research reveals more than a third (35%) of teachers surveyed now use technology in every lesson
  • Over a quarter (29%) of teachers asked said their school allows pupils to use their own smartphone or tablet during lessons

The online research* which was carried out by YouGov, reveals that more than a third (35%) of teachers questioned now use technology (from laptops to tablets and interactive whiteboards) in every lesson. In fact, over a quarter of teachers (29%) said their school now allows pupils to use their own smartphones or tablets during a lesson for learning purposes. 

The Virgin Media Business research has been published ahead of Virgin’s annual #Disruptors event on Friday, hosted by Sir Richard Branson, which this year is examining education and models of learning. ‘Generation Tech’ also revealed that more than a third of teachers surveyed (35%) believe that using technology and the internet in the classroom unlocks creativity and a quarter (25%) think that exam results can improve by at least one grade. 14% of teachers surveyed also think that video-conferencing (e.g. Skype) should be an option for parent’s evening.


“Generation Tech reveals how technology and digital learning is proving an ever-more important part of our education system. Not only does tech support teachers and improves their ability to teach, but it also unlocks pupils’ creativity and ultimately improves grades.“We’re proud to support thousands of schools up and down the country by bringing them the fastest broadband to support learning in the classroom, be that to simply search the web right through to stream a live seminar into the lesson.”

Regional differences

Teachers in the South West are amongst the most embracing of technology in the classroom – teachers surveyed in the region are the most likely to say their school allows students to bring their own smartphone or tablets into the classroom, and teachers in the region are the most likely in England to think that using technology can improve exam results by at least one grade**.

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