Over a third of schools in the UK do not have an effective data backup and recovery policy in place.
Research from Acronis has revealed that over a third of UK schools (37 per cent) are sitting on a data loss time bomb that puts everything from pupil's coursework, teacher's lesson plans and electronic school records at risk.
As a result, in the last twelve months, it found that one in ten UK schools have suffered an IT failure from which they were unable to recover their data.
The survey also revealed that over 57 per cent of respondents think that the credit crunch may impact significantly on the budget for their school's backup and recovery solutions during 2009.
Kevin Moreau, general manager of Acronis UK & Ireland, said: “Education organisations are increasing their reliance on IT resources – and therefore increasing the volume of their digital data. This means that the chance of a data loss, along with the size, scale and seriousness of a disruption, is rocketing and just like any other organisation, they are vulnerable in the event that their data is wiped by a virus or accidentally erased.”