All schools now understand that the Internet is an irreplaceable tool to enhance the learning experience. This wasn’t so at the outset.

Over time, the Internet was gradually integrated into learning environments as the technology slowly progressed. 

Not so slow with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

With the launch of ChatGPT in early 2023, AI has exploded into the world with a bang. Schools are grappling with the technology to try and harness it positively and safely. 

The key question is; Will AI replace teachers? 

A recent event hosted by PLMR Education brought together leading experts to discuss AI’s role in schools.

The panel included Morgan Dee, Director of AI and Data Science at EDUCATE Ventures Research; Steve Taylor, CEO of Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust; Dr. Jon Chippindall, CEO of TeachmateAI; and Neil Miley, Deputy CEO of Dixons Multi Academy Trust. 

Here we give you the TL;DW if you want to get the key takeaways from the event. 

Will AI Replace Teachers: The Expanding Role of AI in Education

The consensus among the panelists was clear. AI is not positioned to replace human teachers but rather to support and enhance their roles, as well as administrative and leadership staff within educational settings.

AI’s capabilities extend from reducing repetitive administrative tasks such as attendance tracking, scheduling, and grading, to a more complex and impactful role.

These include creating personalized learning content tailored to help students and providing analytics on student performance that help teachers address individual learning patterns and challenges more effectively.

AI can automate data collection and analysis, which enables teachers to make informed decisions quickly and enhance their ability to adapt their teaching methods in real-time.

This level of support allows teachers to dedicate more time to provide personalized feedback, fostering an environment where they can focus on nurturing critical thinking and creativity in their students.

By handling these tasks, AI won’t replace teachers…or at least it won’t replace teachers in the near future!

Here are 7 key insights that I took away from the experts:

1. Teacher Training and the Adoption of AI

A significant emphasis was placed on training schools to use AI tools and share best practices. 

This involves knowing how to use AI in the classroom.

Equally important is cultivating an open culture surrounding the use of AI in schools, where its applications, benefits, and limitations are transparent and openly discussed among staff and administration.

The establishment of networks between schools can play a crucial role in the adoption of AI. By sharing best practices and success stories, schools can learn from each other’s experiences and mitigate common challenges. 

This collaborative approach helps standardize AI use across schools, making education better for students and easier for teachers.  

Educate Ventures Research has created a 1-hour CPD course for teachers about AI in educational settings.

will AI replace teachers

2. Ethical Considerations and Best Practices

With great power comes great responsibility, and AI in education is no exception.

The panelists emphasized that as AI is used within the educational sector, it is crucial to use it ethically and responsibly. They underscored the necessity of using AI to enhance educational outcomes while ensuring it does not compromise student privacy or integrity.

The development of critical thinking skills is essential. Students must be equipped with the knowledge of how AI works and the analytical skills to assess and critique AI outputs. This approach will enable them to discern and understand the implications of AI-driven data and content, similar to using content available on the internet.

Educational institutions must also scrutinize the data used to train AI models. Ensuring that this data is representative and free from biases is fundamental to prevent perpetuating or amplifying existing inequalities. Schools have a responsibility to implement AI tools that are both effective and fair, promoting an educational environment that upholds the principles of equity and justice.

3. Strategic Implementation and Policy Frameworks

For AI to be effectively integrated into educational settings, it is essential to establish clear policy frameworks that guide its use.

The panelists highlighted the necessity of developing a “checklist” approach to delineate the dos and don’ts of AI applications within schools. This checklist would ensure compliance with educational standards and ethical norms for a uniform adoption process across various educational environments. 

The panelists also emphasized the importance of supporting professional development and advocating for training programs to upskill educators in AI. 

TeachMate AI have produced an AI policy template for schools which can be used as a foundation to establish tried and tested AI guidance for educational environments

teachmat AI policy template for schools

4. Personalizing Education Through AI

One of the most promising applications of AI, particularly generative AI, is its capability for personalized learning.

Generative AI systems have the potential to transform teaching methods by tailoring educational content to align with individual student needs and interests.

This can increase inclusivity by adapting teaching to various backgrounds and experiences.

AI’s analytical power enables it to identify students who may need extra support or more challenging material, facilitating early intervention. This targeted support can significantly enhance the adaptability of the learning environment, ensuring that all students receive the personalized feedback and support they need to succeed.

Through these adaptive learning strategies, AI plays a vital role in the future of teaching, complementing human educators by automating tasks like grading and updating educational content, thereby allowing teachers to focus more on human interaction and the quality of teaching.

5. Community Engagement and Transparency

Engaging the school community(parents, teachers, students) in discussions about the integration of AI in schools is essential for its success. It is crucial to maintain transparency about how AI tools are utilized, explaining their potential benefits as well as their limitations.

This open communication helps build a foundation of trust and understanding between schools and families. Parents need to be reassured that AI is a tool aimed at enhancing their children’s learning experiences rather than replacing human interaction.

By clearly articulating the role AI plays in personalizing education, and ensuring data privacy, schools can foster a supportive community that sees AI as a positive addition to educational strategies. This partnership can lead to more informed discussions and collaborative efforts to enhance teaching and learning through technology.

6. AI’s Impact on Assessments

Panelists at the event discussed how AI could significantly transform the approach to educational assessments by tailoring them to individual students’ learning progress.

This innovative application of AI could lead to a more dynamic and responsive assessment system.

AI can adjust the difficulty of questions in real time and respond to how well a student is performing during the test. Assessments can be personalized evaluations that more accurately reflect a student’s understanding and knowledge.

This approach supports a more tailored educational experience, allowing students to engage with material at their own pace and level. This could greatly improve student learning outcomes by providing feedback that is directly relevant to each student’s learning journey.

7. Support for Educational Staff

Beyond teaching, AI has the potential to significantly aid administrative and support staff in schools. From automating routine inquiries with AI-powered chatbots to helping with resource management and decision-making, AI could increase efficiency across various non-teaching roles.

AI could provide support in managing communications with more challenging inquiries from parents, ensuring responses are both timely and constructive.


The panel resoundingly agreed that AI would be complementary to teachers rather than replace them. 

By automating administrative tasks, personalizing learning, and improving assessments, AI allows teachers to dedicate more time to their students.

Moving forward, the key to successful AI integration in education will hinge on continuous collaboration among educators, policymakers, and AI firms to ensure the technology, like the internet, serves education beneficially. 

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