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Paralympic swimmer leads discussion on assistive technology in schools

International Paralympic Day

Baron Chris Holmes, a successful Paralympic swimmer, last week chaired the first meeting of a group set up to improve the use of assistive technology in schools.

The EdTech Leadership group was launched by the government in April as part of a £10million investment in education technology, and is made up of a range of experts who aim to look at the best ways of effectively implementing technology throughout the education sector.

Speaking about the group’s mission, Holmes said: “I am passionate about the potential of technology; how it can potentially significantly help our educators, improve learning and foster accessibility and inclusion.

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“I am truly proud to be chairing this EdTech Leadership Group. It represents a great opportunity to work together to ensure every student and our entire education system can access the benefits that technology can bring.”

Holmes is the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology and a multiple winner of Paralympic medals, with 9 gold, five silver and one bronze medal to his name.

The EdTech group aims to set out a formal pact as to how to get industry, government and the education sector to work together more effectively by the end of the year.

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