Using printer supplies to produce copies of educational materials accessed via computers could be useful to many people.

It was noted by Miles Berry, senior lecturer in ICT education at the University of Roehampton and vice chair of Naace, the ICT Association, that the use of new technology can provide many opportunities in educational settings, particularly for those who find it difficult to learn in traditional classroom environments.

He explained interactive activities that allow individuals to learn at a pace that suits them may be especially valuable.

Greater use of online resources and internet communities can also offer a new avenue for people who wish to pursue their interests beyond what is prescribed in the national curriculum, Mr Berry added.

The expert's comments come as a study by the Royal Society revealed only 35 per cent of IT teachers in British schools are specialists in the subject, compared with 88 per cent of biology educators and four-fifths of English tutors.