Government ICT policy is currently most popular with those schools that are least affected by it, a survey has suggested.
The survey, conducted by the British Educational Suppliers Association, found that 62% of independent schools were broadly supportive of government IT policy, compared to just 26% of state schools.
BESA director Ray Barker (pictured) characterised the government's policy as "not to have a policy".
"When we consider the fact that the foundation of the government’s policy sits on an increasing level of freedom and autonomy for schools, it is not surprising that the independent school’s sector understands and feels a closer alliance to the recent policy changes," he said.
Independent schools were relatively unaffected by the major overhaul of schools IT over the last decade. Unlike state schools they did not qualify for government funding or support from IT agency Becta.
Consequently, despite their generally superior funding levels, many private schools have fallen behind their peers in the state sector when it comes to technology in the classroom.
But Barker said he believed schools' views related to Gove's plans to scrap the ICT curriculum, and to encourage schools to teach computer science instead. He said that this chimed with the approach many private schools already took.
"I think it's all to do with that specific policy," he added. "I don't think they give too hoots about the rest."
The survey also found that independent schools were less successful that state schools at integrating interactive white boards into their lessons.
Preparatory schools are forecasting that their ICT spending will decline by 5.1% this year, although spending on broadband and technical support will rise.
Senior schools, meanwhile, will see spending down 3.7%. Hardware purchases will be hit hardest, with spending falling by 7.5%.
BESA also found that just 87% of independent schools, and 70.5% of state schools, had any awareness that there was an IT policy at all.