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Positive effect of fibre broadband on primary school student learning

05 April 2017

About two students at an average-sized primary school will reach the National Standards in reading, writing, and mathematics because of the school’s access to fibre broadband. A new research report: The effect of fibre broadband on students' academic performance has been published. The study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust uses the fact that schools gained access to UFB at different times to evaluate the effect on academic performance. It is the first research anywhere in the world to specifically evaluate the effect of fibre broadband on educational achievement.

“Having fibre broadband in a school increases National Standards passing rates in each of the three subjects by about 2 students at the average-sized primary school and by about 4600 students across all the schools within our sample,” said Arthur Grimes, Senior Fellow at Motu and co-author of the study.

“We found some evidence suggesting that students at low decile schools benefit more than students at higher decile schools. If our estimate for the effect on the writing National Standard at Decile 1 schools, is correct it would mean that on average providing fibre broadband allowed an additional seven people at each Decile 1 school to pass,” said Dr Grimes.

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Tags: fibre broadband  UFB