In the UK, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly is claiming that if better online applications were available that could allow parents to become more fully involved with their child's education, the results would be very significant. Better online information sources would allow parents to monitor school performance and make more informed decisions about their children's education, Kelly claims.

Speaking at the British Education and Training (BETT) Show in London on Wednesday, Kelly praised the role that technology can play in speeding up the government's education reforms. In particular, she said the Internet would allow parents to "influence learning" to a much greater degree than has ever been previously possible.

"ICT can open up our education system and make it much more accessible to parents," Kelly said.