Getting started on cost saving–a practical seminar at Microsoft from Dimension Data

Dimension Data are running an event here at Microsoft HQ on 3rd November, which will provide practical steps to saving money with ICT. So the budget cuts have arrived – and it appears that for the moment, the biggest cuts are in schools’ capital budgets. Firstly we saw the Harnessing Technology Grant cut by £50M,…

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The TES goes all ICT today – and drives the cost saving agenda

It’s not often that the TES reports on ICT – apart from a couple of pages tucked away towards the back of the magazine. But today they’ve splashed articles about ICT on the front page of the main newspaper and on the front page of the magazine. Unfortunately, in keeping with ‘good news is no…

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Harnessing Technology Grant – kicking a grant while it’s down

A few  weeks ago, on 18th June, the Government cut the Harnessing Technology Grant, in order to find capital funds to start Free Schools. I wrote a blog post at the time to summarise the information. Well, they’ve done it again – this time, when they announced the cancellation of the BSF programme, they also…

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Harnessing Technology Grant–an update

Last Friday, when the government announced the creation of Free Schools, they also announced that some of the capital funding for them would come out of this year’s Harnessing Technology Grant for schools and local authorities. Cutting ICT grants to fund Free Schools led to a certain amount of commentary from the education ICT community,…

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One third of head teachers don’t know how much they spend on ICT

Continuing my “Things I Learned This Week” series – this week, Part Eight This week I’ve been continuing my reading of the Harnessing Technology survey from Becta. Buried deep in the data tables, and summarised on the analytical report, is some interesting information about Information Communications Technology (ICT) spend in UK Schools. 1. 33% of head…

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Four out of five schools outsource their ICT –Things I Learned Last Week #7

This week, I’ve been reading the Becta Harnessing Technology Survey in a lot more detail, and especially some of the spreadsheets of questions which didn’t make it into the final report. And the following things I learned are courtesy of the survey. 1. Four out of five schools are already outsourcing some of their ICT…

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Home Access Programme Approved Suppliers

This post refers to the pilot of the Home Access Programme, for 2009, which has now finished. There’s now an updated blog post all about the Home Access Programme Suppliers for 2010, which is much more useful to you! A little earlier I got my “Dummy’s Guide to the Home Access Programme” done, which I realised…

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East Sussex – Harnessing Whole School Technology Conference

I went to the seaside today – or at least, I went near the sea. According to my satnav I was within a few hundred yards, but I stopped short of it when I arrived at the Kings Centre in Eastbourne, venue of the East Sussex local authority’s “Harnessing Whole School Technology” conference. As somebody…

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Improving your learning platform

One of the current trends in schools is the compelling need for a “learning platform”. Not only because one of the government’s Harnessing Technology targets say you have to have one, but because it can help you to offer more flexible learning delivery. A basic learning platform is only the start of the story though…

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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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