As silicon.com puts it: "An end to the 'dog ate my homework' excuse?"

Emerson Park School in Romford has kicked off a trial in virtual learning involving 1,000 pupils and staff in line with a government drive to push technology into education.

The school has committed 10 per cent of its annual budget over the next three years to investing in computer tools for learning as a way of engaging students, training staff and streamlining the task of assessment.

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