Staff factsheet: AI in schools

Get your head around the basics of generative AI, including ChatGPT and Google Gemini, and what it means for your school. Share this information with your staff and governors or trustees, to get everyone on the same page.

Last reviewed on 12 June 2024See updates
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  1. What is AI?
  2. How to respond to AI
  3. Ofsted will judge your use of AI
  4. Share this information with your staff and governors
  5. Try out The Key's new AI-powered assistant

What is AI?

AI isn't new

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the use of computer systems to solve problems and make decisions. It’s already a part of everyday life – you’ve probably come across it in the form of personalised suggestions on social media, shopping sites or route-planning apps.

However, the technology is developing rapidly and throwing up many new challenges for schools.

What is generative AI?

Generative AI takes a written prompt and runs it through an algorithm to generate new, ‘natural’-seeming content – i.e. it seems like it was created by a person, not a computer. Tools include:

  • Chatbots such as ChatGPT, Google Gemini and GrammarlyGO, which generate text
  • Text-to-image programs like DALL-E and Midjourney, which create images

How to respond to AI

Consider how you'll approach homework and whether you need to revise your homework policy, to take into account pupils’ access to

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