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The power of AI in education

A roundtable has been held to allow the government to discuss the potential benefits of artificial intelligence in education settings.

Hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education, the discussion revolved around how the education sector can harness the benefits of new, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. In attendance were teachers, education professionals, and representatives of the technology community.

Oliver Dowden, Deputy Prime Minister, said:

“Rapidly advancing technologies, including AI, are going to change the way we live and work.

“That is why we are listening to and working with the sector on what technology means for education, to understand how we can draw on the advantages of AI to benefit pupils and teachers.

“Having the right safety measures and controls remains an utmost priority, and we are already at the forefront of AI safety, convening the world for the first global safety summit last year.”

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A number of public services are already utilising AI constructively, with Department for Education research outlining that educational professionals are already beginning to use the technology as it reduces the amount of time that teachers need to spend down administrative tasks. Alongside productivity benefits, the technology also helps to tailor different educational programmes to the individual pupils, opening up further opportunities for learning.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan added:

“Artificial intelligence is already changing the way we work and learn, but we need to understand its risks and challenges.

“Bringing together tech experts in the field with teachers and education leaders is crucial if we are to take advantage of this emerging technology, and I look forward to hearing from those on the ground about how we can continue to lead the way in our approach to AI in education.”

If you want to learn more about the impact that new, cutting-edge technology can have across the public sector, watch Public Sector Executive’s Emerging Technologies Online Conference on demand here.


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