The Becta website will be closing on 31 January 2011.

Most of our online resources are now available under the Open Government Licence for anyone to re-use. Find out more.

Becta's work elsewhere

You won't just find Becta on the Becta website. We work with a range of partners to ensure that our advice and services reach teachers, practitioners and leaders. This is really important – as it helps us to ensure that technology is considered in every part of learning and teaching, and supporting everyone who is playing a part in helping learners benefit from technology. Here's just a few of the places that you'll be able to find Becta:

Online basics 

Online basics is a free, entry-level course designed to give people the skills and confidence to go online. It has been developed as part of the existing myguide service and includes a core set of online learning modules designed to help adults to develop mouse and keyboard skills; use email; use the internet; and keep safe online.

Support for Online basics is available at all member UK online centres and online at Between January and March 2010 the government in partnership with Becta and UK online centres are conducting an evaluation of Online basics.  The results of this evaluation will inform an expected roll-out of Online basics in September 2010.


Information and communication technology (ICT) is one of the National Curriculum non-core foundation subjects. On Teachernet teachers can access Becta's curriculum entitlement documents, which offer a valuable resource for using ICT to enhance the teaching and learning of primary and secondary subjects. 

Ensuring teachers are able to make the most of technology is just part of what Becta does. Through teachers can see just  how others are doing this, and reflect on what they too might do. There are even examples of how some secondary schools are using ICT to tackle those aspects of the curriculum which are harder to teach, such as Science and English

Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) 

In partnership with the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), Becta has developed a pilot programme which broadens and develops leadership skills for those managers who are responsible for harnessing the potential of technology. This programme will help managers play to their strengths, enjoy their unique position and help their organisation become e-confident.

The programme takes place over five days from October 2009 to February 2010 and is free for organisations in receipt of Learning and Skills Council funding. Furthermore, on successful completion of the course participants will be eligible to draw down a capital grant of £700 per delegate and up to three grants per organisation.

Interested in finding out more or applying to participate?

National Governor's Association (NGA) 

Governors are a key part of school leadership, and it is important that they understand their role in supporting ICT developments. The National Governor's Association (NGA), with Becta's support, have made available a range of guidance and information for governors.

The Government 

In March 2009 the Government launched the white paper for informal adult learning: The Learning Revolution. This aims to utilise technology to make informal learning opportunities more available to adult learners. Becta is working to support this, and you too can be part of the Learning Revolution.

Home Access

Home Access is a government drive to get more families using computers and the internet at home so everyone has the chance to learn more, and which Becta has delivered. If you want to get in the know about the government-backed computer and internet packages designed to support learning this is the place to find out more. Go to Home Access website to find out more.

Teaching Awards 

Becta is delighted to be able to celebrate and promote excellent practice with ICT. We've been able to do that with The Teaching Awards, and by establishing the Next Generation Learning Awards. You can find out all about this year's winner of the Next Generation Learning Award, Dan Lea of Gearies Infant School,  on the Teaching Awards website and see his work in practice here.

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust 

If your school is using the self-review framework, then you might find the ICT Register of value. This website, provided by the SSAT with support from Becta, offers an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other schools. There's advice here on their experiences of working through the self-review framework, what they have done to achieve the ICT Mark and how they have engaged parents through ICT.  You can also access consultancy support.


You can now find us on YouTube, the leading online video community.

The new Becta YouTube channel offers video material covering a wide range of topics on the use of technology in education. The aim of the channel is to share knowledge, advice and personal experiences of learners, leaders and teaching professionals to a wider audience.

More videos will be uploaded regularly, so why not subscribe and be the first to watch them?

BETT 2010 

You'll certainly find Becta at BETT! And this year [January 2010] we made sure that some of the fantastic teaching and learning practice we have seen this year were available to all visitors on our stand. We were in the 'Supporting Next Generation Learning' zone which was located in the National Hall near the main entrance, and it's where all the government and partner stands were offering FREE advice and support to help you to make the most of using ICT effectively.