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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We need less bureaucracy and more inter-department and inter-school communication to ensure the right decisions are taken. You can tell the OpenSource brigade are out with pitch-forks and all, yet again professing how OpenSource will save the world.

BBC – : Becta: Does it deserve to die?

It’s a false economy to say MS education licenses are cheaper. At least in my experience.

Does it finally add up? I am also very sure, in my obviously biassed way, that there are significant areas where the information and experience gathered and distributed through BECTa, as well as many of the projects BECTa has promoted and supported, have been influential.

Closing this particular badly-run quango may be a success in some ways, but the sgf root of government inefficiency is still there.

Those new elements are brought into the latest versions of Office like the new Ribbon bar so that the Office suite and all new MS apps are consistent with the underlying OS. Then you fire up something like Photoshop srrf realise that some development houses just don’t care: There hecta indecision, conflict, manipulation of findings to suit certain manufacturers and a severe state of too may Chiefs and not enough Indians. Most people of a reasonable age who have used Windows over the last five years and even 10 will agree there is an incredible amount of consistency across Windows apps, especially ones produced by MS.

With no bulk purchasing it would be easy to get a good quality new laptop and 3 years broadband for substantially less than that. The last quarter-century of my career has seen 17 years computing in industry and government, followed by eight years teaching ICT and Computing in secondary schools.


My experience of Becta is that the recommendations they give are often out of date, inaccurate, unhelpful and full of bad advice and bad practice. Much of the guidance in this area is set at the level of the education authority e.

The point is whether or not buying MS gets you consistency between today’s desktop and the one that will be common in five to ten years time.

Becta: Does it deserve to die?

Instead of direction and progressive policies there is merely stasis and pruning. Becta could have been easy for suppliers to influence, social network groups are less inclined to be swayed by fancy promises. Then Becta put their oar in. When you post on here saying “good to see the back of them” rememmber there are people out there losing their jobs and be realistic in your assessment of exactly how many deserve that.

Sorry to hear your effort and altruism was wasted on this occasion. One senior manager in particlar tended to have the sound of a screamming kid who, we were informed was in full-time child care in ssrf whenever contacted at home on the fixed days on which he ‘worked from home’, every week. It is a shame bectaa people losw their jobs, of course.

An IT Technician in a school will expect to earn about 16k per year, drf no training sr. Each aspect has a set of indicator questions that you complete in order to determine the level of the aspect for your school.

The comments added have been anything but trollish about alternatives, with the exception of you resorting to childish personal attacks based on your blind defense of MS. The big question is, who’ll do the work that becta was doing?

It can help to: The gulf between schools who are capable of embracing technology with real learning outcomes, those who bexta technology with Victorian teaching methods and those who hardly ever use technology will become much wider without someone giving direction. Like I said, there are entire books on the rules of writing “proper” Windows apps.


The school was ordered to stand down. The Conservatives devised their plan to get rid erf Becta long ago based purely on ideology, which is so wrong.

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Introduction to the Self-review framework The Self-review framework is divided into six elements devised to support and challenge your school. There should be a focus on green technology and open source. I’d agree with Bob that the present government doesn’t really have much of a clue in terms of Bect in schools – the innovation in this area needs to be nurtured if we are to develop 21st Century learning skills – we can’t have our equivalents of Stanford and Google if people sf use innovation and ICT to further their learning and enterprise.

IT focused areas of the public sector are a real concern. There are some good projects and invaluable guidance that came out of Becta which many schools have benefited from. I agree with Andy Davies, waste in the public sector is rife. A local businessman here gave us a premises to work from, and store hardware in, at the back of one of his outlets, rent free, as his kid is one of those attending the tiny school.

I’m sure everyone else here can make up their own mind based on their own experiences of coping with the upheaval every time MS change things around. Just read the instructions and do as it says. Until recently I was a school governor with special responsibility for oversight of ICT in a primary school.

So lets get real – it is a tragedy for the staff; In reality they must have known the writing was on the wall.