Home Access with Assistive Technology–grants still available

Although the main Becta Home Access programme has now closed to new applications, there are still plenty of grants for free computers available for learners who qualify for the Assistive Technology scheme. These grants are for a child that has severe disabilities or a statement of Special Educational Needs, where they need extra help to…

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The Home Access Programme opens up again–briefly

I’ve just read on the Home Access website that the programme has been re-opened, after it closed in mid-June. The reason is that there are some parents who’ve not returned their grant application forms. Limited funding is still available for the Home Access main programme due to some families choosing not to return their application…

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The Home Access Programme starts to wind down

Becta have updated the Home Access website to say: Last call for application packs to be sent to eligible families… The Home Access has been very successful with over 200,000 grants awarded. Based on current application return rates it is unlikely that we will be sending out application packs for the main programme after the…

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Home Access Suppliers 2010 – recommended Home Access suppliers

When the Home Access Programme was first announced by Becta, in January 2010, there were six suppliers on the scheme, where parents could spend their grant cards. And Becta have recently announced an additional four suppliers. Which means that your parents have ten different suppliers they can turn to. However, it’s unlikely that a parent…

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Becta Home Access Scheme – free computers going fast

I’ve mentioned a few times that the Becta Home Access scheme has started rapidly, and that you need to encourage your qualifying students to take up their grants quickly, before they all go (the simple qualifying criteria is Year 3-9 pupils who have Free School Meals. But read all the small print here). Well, there’s…

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One quarter of Home Access Grants now in parents’ hands

I’ve been at the NAACE Conference this week (more to come on that later today), and this morning Terry Piggott from Becta talked briefly about the Home Access Programme. Up to yesterday, 77,058 grants for free computers and internet connections had been issued to parents – which is nearly a third of the way towards…

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Home Access – tell your parents NOW

I read earlier in the week that Becta have had more than 180,000 enquiries for the Home Access programme, and have sent out 132,000 application forms for the free grant. Quick summary: Disadvantaged children (think: who qualify for Free School Meals) in KS2 and KS3 can get a free computer and broadband connection, fully funded…

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Get off Facebook, Dad, I need to finish my homework

At BETT we issued a press release on parental views towards ICT, at home and at school. This was suppored by research done during December 2009 and surveyed 500 parents of secondary-school age children, so it is recent, and it will be representative. I’ve held back on publishing it on the blog, until the BBC covered…

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Safer Internet Day – 9th Feb 2010 – Resources to help prepare

European Safer Internet Day is coming up very soon – it’s two weeks today – and a wide range of organisations are encouraging all schools to run an activity to link in to the event. Whether that’s an assembly, a message in the school newsletter or a parents talk, there are a pile of resources…

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Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 6 – Stop buying every laptop

Part six of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools, based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Okay, the first five tips have concentrated on the idea of you making a ‘switch’ in the way that you do things. Tip 1, on virtualisation, is saving Wootton Bassett School over £80,000 over three…

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