UK Education Software spending is up for the 9th year in a row, with an average of £234 spent per student spent in British schools years K-12. This is in contrast with the overall spend on education dropping from around 6% to 5% of GDP since 2010.
Software spending continues to rise because of a number of factors:
- The overall development and sophistication of available software means ever more useful and intuitive packages and platforms are available.
- Software distribution and licensing has continued to become ever simpler, allow teachers to make individual procurement decisions for their departments.
- The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets by nearly all students has lead to a perceived drop in the necessity to invest hardware, as well as the realization that the key is in the software itself enabling the best use of the hardware for learning.
These trends are only likely to continue to increase software spend into the foreseeable future.