In accordance with the government’s e-strategy priorities and targets (set out in the publication “Harnessing Technology”), by 2008 schools will need to have access to a system which provides a personalised on-line learning space with the potential to support e-portfolios. Schools need to achieve this target in a way that meets their functional requirements, achieves best value and ensures that pupils, teachers and support staff can share and collaborate effectively. In 2006-2007, LAs have been funded to ensure availability of a learning platform with at least core functionality to all schools by spring 2008. Basic functionality should consist of, at the minimum:
- Communication and collaboration tools e.g. web-based email to enable peer/mentor dialogue;
- Safe and secure, individual online working space for the school workforce and pupils enabling anytime, anywhere learning;
- Tools to enable teachers to manage and tailor content to user needs and learning styles, and track user progress.