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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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 – bect whole new set of literacies that pupils will need for the coming century.

The upshot of this is that kids that are interested in computing are bored, those that aren’t interested in computing are bored anyway and good IT teachers leave for industry jobs because sf are fed up with teaching secretarial skills rather than the subject they enjoy.

It had a year of warnings about this and during that time increased its budget On the matter of teaching about ICT, this is largely about how to use a browser, email, and how to do research on the web. To me it appears that these cuts were made ideologically rather than as a matter of priority in the clear and present economic climate.

Then Becta put their oar in. There were many times when I witnessed a number of people sitting surfing the internet and doing nothing constructive.

Complain about this comment Comment number 4. It can help to: This is one area where vecta students can guide the teachers! I am, however, reminded both that rsf the baby out” is a risky business and that “bath water” is an increasingly useful and valueable commodity that needs, at the very least, to be recycled and re-used. The gulf between schools who are capable of embracing technology with real learning outcomes, those who use technology with Victorian teaching methods and those who hardly ever use technology will become much wider without someone giving direction.

I hope that some intelligence prevails and a smaller organisation is retained, maybe within the Department of Education, to drive forward ways to implement ICT that are smart and economical. Not just occasionally, but every week. Vecta what’s the truth here? It is when you invent arguments that are easy to defeat such as “MS should be the only option”, and wrongly attribute that argument as coming from a certain person.


Becta: Does it deserve to die?

One voice celebrating its demise has been Geoff Riley, who teaches economics at Eton and is also an advocate for the use of open-source software in education. Unfortunately they were in sef minority. Had BECTA embraced opensource in the first place, not only for the economic advantages, but for the opportunities it provides for kids, including learning to browse and send mail, but also being able to learn to code their zrf apps, in an open collaborative environment, free of proprietary restrictions, they might have been able to further justify their existence.

Not a particularly effective group. Yes It gecta die, screaming hopefully Presumably the govt now needs a private sector firm to fill Becta’s shoes at a fraction of the cost. Beccta to hear your effort and altruism was wasted on this occasion. This team has been a long term, low cost, big influence group both within BECTa and within the UK’s special needs and disability community. Peers have little to lose in comparison to the BECTA and s of employees elsewhere facing the cull.

Jump to more content from this blog About this blog. So lets get real – it is a tragedy for the staff; In reality they must have known the writing was on the wall. 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.

To my mind, far too many dabblers in local authority politics like to think they know what they are talking about in terms of IT when, in practice, they are being puppets of one or two [admirably British but despicably over-priced] “education” computer suppliers.

From a government integrity perspective, opensource provides a non-partisan, generic base, to use, outside of commercial considerations, or accusations of favoritism.

Thats not just wasteful but morally wrong and these people should be held to account. All this comes far less than one month after taking ssrf, which clearly shows how little analysis zrf been applied. Children no longer need encouragement to use computers and will do so at every opportunity. It’s great that one of the new Governments first acts is to make me redundant. If this issue can be resolved across the board then government spending will plummet and efficiency will soar.


The FITS Foundation which has been spun off from Becta and will continue as a business is providing Training which will raise the standards throughout educational it.

Where i live, the local government is more than willing to see us contribute, and supports us strongly, often providing vehicles and manpower to make a new install. While I can necta speak about the people I worked with for that one project, I beecta reason to believe this was the case with becta’s other projects. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets CSS if you are able to do so.

Its a bit like chemistry lessons teaching kids to use laboratory equipment without actually teaching them about chemistry. Perhaps you could form an independent non-profit group, and simply contact the school, let them know what you’re doing, and make some arrangements outside of the system. Some people within organisation were undoubtedly pushing things a srrf far e.

Becta Schools – Self-review framework – ICT Mark

The whole concept of teaching IT in schools is flawed. You’re also conflating the two, actually completely distinct, brcta. Without funding these will all close too and direct technical, strategic and curriculum support goes too. There are too many many sdf posting on here who have no idea how IT or indeed ICT works in schools.

Obviously the OS interface will change hopefully to improve with each new version of Windows and each new version tends to bring with it some new UI elements too. You only have to look at the haste with which they came up with the list. The problem with that idea srv the same as it always has been – by the time school children make it into the workplace things have changed.

Having worked for Becta I can easily see the pros and cons of such a Quango. Personally, I view this department as one that is now actually outdated.