What happens now that BSF has gone–the Rotherham story

Well you can be sure that up and down the country, the question “What do we do now?” has been asked in lots of schools and local authorities since the DfE announced the end of the BSF programme. I’ve heard lots of different opinions on the future in the last two weeks (and have even…

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Fun with Pictures

Remember “Fun with Statistics”, the blog post where I noted that prisoners are given 8.5m2 of cell space whilst school pupils are given 4m2 of teaching space? Seems I’m not the only one who’s noticed disparities. I was catching up with the EduGeek forums today, and came across this marvellous post titled “BSF Prison”. It’ll…

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The billion pound bet on education in Essex

At first I thought it was a misprint – but no, it was correct. Essex have issued their tender notice for the £1,000,000,000 (Billion pound!) contract for their Local Education Partnership (LEP) – which will be responsible for building and running their first waves of BSF schools and the Primary Capital Programme, with options for…

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Fun with statistics – Building Schools for the Future

“Fun with Statistics” doesn’t sound like a bright Monday morning blog post subject, but bear with me a while.   The minimum cell space allocation for each prisoner to avoid torture or degrading treatment, as recommended by the Council of Europe "European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”…

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What have Microsoft ever done for us?

All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us? If you’re looking for nostalgia, take a look at the Life of Brian script – which doesn’t start with the question you think. I was…

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Semantics - what is a managed service?

I was chatting with Leighton Searle last week – Leighton’s our Business Manager for Schools, which means that he seems to spend his week travelling up and down the country meeting local authorities and talking about their plans for the future. He was worrying about semantics when we met – should we be calling a…

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Building Schools for the Future, and building consensus today

At the NAACE conference I ran into an old friend, Sheyne Lucock, who is the General Inspector for BSF (Building Schools for the Future) and ICT at Barking and Dagenham Local Authority. Sheyne has always been somebody who’s done things “his own way” – not concerned about what way the crowd is going, and very…

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What will they think of next? NAACE 2008

Chris Poole and I were at the NAACE conference this afternoon, having been invited to talk about the future of technology – the title was “What will they think of next? Future technologies, opportunities and challenges”. But rather than spend our time looking at all of the technologies that haven’t yet been released into the…

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Learning2Go in Wolverhampton

Dave Whyley, in the Wolverhampton E Services team, is well-known in the education community for his passion for projects with mobile learning. The Learning2Go team have been active in Wolverhampton since 2003, and each year they’ve produced an annual report on the progress. This year’s report contains a number of case studies in which teachers,…

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Rethinking the school day

We’re still in the foothills of a transformed education system. The fact that our national programme to create a transformed education system is called “Building Schools for the Future” is a pretty clear sign that we’re looking at this from today’s perspective Why didn’t somebody spot that the words “Building Schools” in the title might…

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