Schools 14 – 19 Becta SRF and ICT Mark. Eastern Primary School. Incline Row, Port Talbot, SA13 1TT, ,. [email protected] The school. The Self-review Framework (SRF) provides a structure for reviewing your school’s use of technology and its impact on school improvement. It is designed to help. “During my time as an ICT advisory teacher Becta was a wonderful source .. The SRF is just one excellent example of a useful tool for schools.

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I wonder what all those apprenticeships being touted will be about Distros like Ubuntu, for example are integrated well, and have what is now a vast collection of drivers and modules for much of the hardware available srv the high street and beyond, not sfr mention over 20, free applications for users, all free, and all opensource, meaning the kids who are interested in learning to code, get real life examples to follow.

Good target for cutting waste as in my experience it is top-heavy and anything but cutting edge.

It can help to: Leadership and management Develop and communicate a shared vision for ICT. Then Becta put their oar in. Becta is going, and I for one am not going to see the back of it. Provide quality support and training activities for all staff in the use of ICT sharing effective practice.

There are some sgf projects and invaluable guidance that came out of Becta which many schools have benefited from.

Predominately old systems with a massively out of date OS and office package. It has about srg sad when you thing that there are 25, or so schools and I can say that it was life-transforming for a num ber of my students. When I moved to another public sector organisation I could not believe the difference in the way things were run.

I’m of the opinion that BECTA could have provided value for money if it had done more to promote open source over expensive zrf licensed software. When it was set up Bectta think a level of hand holding was needed that just is not necessary any longer.

Src 1 of 2. Modern linux, for example, is a generic system that provides the core functions, and most of the main app functions that are found in commercial alternatives and it’s fair to say that many opensource apps are much better built than zrf commercial alternatives.

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There was a pressing need, we were told, for extra IT tuition, not only for the children, but also for after-school-hours, adult education classes the school wanted to offer. It would be good if some of the more spiteful posts here remembered that Becta has not run away with the taxpayers’ money – its demise is to pay back the private sector bankers. When I started in IT, all software was free and open source, and I hope to see that day again soon.

Purchase, deploy and review appropriate ICT resources that reflect your school improvement strategy. FOSS as an idea is fantastic, but not perfect and if they addressed the following I would look at using it more: Proprietary argument is irrelevant and that when us tech types come out and start debating, teachers fall asleep in effect.

Perhaps you could form an independent non-profit group, and simply contact the school, let becha know what you’re doing, and make some arrangements outside of the system. Sign in or register to comment. I am not sad to see Becta go; it was one of the reasons why I voted Tory. No manager seems to be capable of doing anything without an administration assistant, booking their own meetings and getting their own train tickets seemed to be beyond many. The entire Thailand government system becra opensource based, along with the french police system, a decent chunk of the German srr system, and so on.

I am more than a little tired of trying to explain to pupils why things “don’t work properly” when the truth is: At src there is a vacuum and it seems like a big step back into the dark ages for innovation and progress in terms of this country’s economic recovery.

When I spoke to the Department sgf Education this morning that was the line they took about today’s decision. This is another one of those “DIY government” ideas from the new administration.

I know I am.

I don’t believe that there’s consistency between MS apps at one time and MS apps years later. Only the broad principles carry across, and those can be taught equally well on other OSes. The ICT Mark is a national accreditation scheme which recognises schools for their achievements in reaching a standard of maturity in their use of technology.


ICT really has become or will become the fourth service into schools but unlike electricity, water and gas the “how” of ICT brings with a whole cultural stepchange – a whole new set of literacies that pupils will need for the coming century.

These are brand new aspects covering new subject areas.

Becta Schools – Self-review framework – ICT Mark

Closing BECTA may have been a short-term win but in the long-term the government needs to tackle the attitudes that make these organisations perform so badly in the first place; practices and behaviours that just wouldn’t wash in the private sector.

Becta could have been easy for suppliers to influence, social network groups are less inclined to be swayed by fancy promises.

You can tell the OpenSource brigade are out with pitch-forks and all, yet again professing how OpenSource will save the world. The framework is now divided into six elements, rather than the previous eightand has been revised to support and challenge your school to improve its ICT capability. Just blogged about this too! I firmly believe the abolition of Becta will promote growth in ICT in schools: The Government seem to have missed this point entirely.

Students need to be familiar with as wide a range of environments as possible in order to provide them with the ability to quicky adapt.

Becta: Does it deserve to die?

Many comments in here that seem to extol Becta or pillory them. They’re still expensive, and when you add that up across the nation, it’s a huge chunk of money that could be better spent on providing hardware, better training, and sponsorship of development of opensource software. While I can only speak about the people I worked with for that one project, I have reason to believe this was the case with becta’s other projects.