Schools technology spending has returned to growth, an analysis of Department for Education figures has shown.
The analysis, conducted by school finance firm Syscap, showed that average per pupil spending on technology had risen 5%,
from £61 in 2010 to £64 last year.
The increase was most marked among primary schools, where spending rose more than 8% from £49 to £53. In secondaries, by contrast, it climbed just 1%, from £73 to £74.
Meanwhile, the number of schools spending less than £10 per pupil fell, from 2,296 to 1,971.
The number spending nothing at all dropped, too (from 493 to 395) – but this still amounts to nearly 2% of those surveyed.
Philip White, the chief executive of Syscap, said: “After last years shock drop in spending, these are positive signs for pupils, with schools beginning to allocate more of their beleaguered budgets to technology."
He claimed that many schools that "have been trying to rebalance the books by keeping their technology expenditure to a minimum have witnessed an immediate deterioration in the overall performance of those ICT assets. [They] are now looking to redress the balance.”
This is not the first sign that the market for schools technology is starting to recover.
In a survey published in April, the British Educational Suppliers Association found that technology spend in UK schools increased by 8.6% in the first quarter, after falls in both 2010 and 2011.
Syscap provides leasing finance with which schools can make major capital investments. It analysed DfE figures covering 20,600 schools.