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Last week, a report released by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) revealed poor-quality broadband connections may be holding back a number of schools across the UK.

Now, the issue has made the headlines once more, as a Welsh headmaster has spoken out on the lack of connectivity at his school. 

Speaking to Cable.co.uk, Dr Stuart Humphreys of Treffos School in Anglesey stated: "The broadband is so bad I can't even get it in my office sometimes and staff in classrooms often struggle if a group of children are accessing the internet more than one at a time."

Dr Humphreys said the school, which has 140 pupils, had seen its connection speed fall from four Mbps to two Mbps over the past 12 months. 

"We want to be a cutting edge school but the lack of this key resource means that the children are getting frustrated at the slow speed," he stated, adding that the limited connectivity is having a negative impact on pupils' enthusiasm.

The headmaster claimed the school will struggle to meet government targets without faster broadband and said the current situation is frustrating for teachers, children and their parents.

Dr Humphreys' comments coincide with a report from the European Commission that forecasts the use of cloud computing and tablets will become commonplace in schools across the continent in the near future. 

It predicts services such as Dropbox, Skype, Google Drive and the use of educational apps and games will have a particularly positive impact on the way children are taught.

Despite the Commission's findings, Dr Humphreys' comments and the research of the BESA suggest there is still some work to be done if many UK schools are to enjoy the benefits of this technology.

While it's vital for schools to have access to fast and reliable broadband, it is also important that children can go online at home, as research has show this has a positive impact on academic performance.