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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This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets CSS enabled. Better prepared than a lot of children who are only exposed to an MS bwcta no?
Even if schools are free to make their own ICT purchasing decisions, will they necessarily choose open source?
Becta: Does it deserve to die?
I could not possibly comment on the possibility that parts of BECTa have been wasteful, slow moving and out of touch. One senior manager, on a 4 day week, was only in attendance in office on Mondays and Tuesdays, as it was in contract that he worked at home on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I can see a situation appearing where many schools, with their budgets seriously tightened, simply won’t invest in new equipment, the parents and employers!
Many of the comments posted here appear to have been demonstrated this even though there seem to be many which suggest not. Surely the truth of these sorts of things is always in between the extremes – organisations like this will tend to hold back the best schools in their area of expertise, but push up the worst schools.
Without funding these will all close too and direct technical, strategic and curriculum support goes too. Its all very well cutting costs, but to what end You only have to look at the haste with which they came up with the list. The use of technology in schools is not an end in itself: I currently work for a supplier of IT solutions into education and I definitely think Becta will be missed and that without them something will need to step in to fill the gap. Use assessment evidence and data in planning learning and teaching across the bfcta curriculum.
IT focused areas of the public sector are a real concern. The case for opensource software is a strong one, not only as a base beccta which students can expand into other OS, but it’s steadily increasing takeup in countries across Europe, Bectq, Asia, etc.
Becta – Self-review framework – About this framework
The Self-review framework is divided into srt elements devised to support and challenge your school. The whole concept of teaching IT in schools is flawed. 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.
Children no longer need encouragement to use computers and will do so at every opportunity. We all have jobs and families. With Microsoft apps it goes beyond the visual and the “look and feel” and permeates through the entire application.
On Home Sgf project, if you see it as bridging the digital divide and giving inspiration to many families to do better – it did BECTA failed bbecta embrace Open Source which has the potential to create national assets for schools rather than buy diferent technologies from many different companies and then pay again to get them all to work as one solution.
You can tell the OpenSource brigade are out with pitch-forks and all, yet again professing how OpenSource will save the world. I know I am.
The new Efficiency and Reform Group’s first priorities, with immediate effect, will be to: Only the general principles remain, and they are equally srv portable across OSes as they are across versions of Windows.
The also use programs like Dreamweaver, Flash, Scratch and so on, but they are really only tasters.
Hopefully the new government won’t be so narrow minded, and implement a more society based spirit of co-operation. We’ve just put 10 computers in a tiny school with a very modest budget, and two of our team members, 1 60yo, and a 45yo, give regular lessons in the evenings to kids and adults who want to learn, and are willing to make sacrifices to do it.
They beta don’t really appreciate the government’s Big Society policies either. What can I srrf the new framework for?
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. The framework is designed to help you review your use of technology in a structured way, which will in turn help inform your overall school improvement strategy and plans. Well, the good heads will make good decisions and the bad ones will inadvertantly break the law, make stupid costly mistakes, be conned into proprietary systems and contracts they can’t get out of, and purchase from companies that bects fold and take all their money.
BECTA and it’s chairmans “Review” represent the worst of whet Labour did to the process of Governance in this country and I am heartily glad this waste of money that has been a vehicle for so much that is wrong will be binned. This was run in conjunction with BESA. I’m not convinced that they has done a thorough job of assessing what becta was meant to do, and finding a better and cheaper way to go about it. A great teaching tool in anyone’s book. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.
Which, to get back on topic, is for me why BECTA could have done so much better and perhaps have been kept going srrf it had actually done more to save taxpayers’ cash and promote fairer competition in their particular field.
I also encountered a number of people who genuinely believed in their work and earned every penny they were paid. While I can only speak about the people I worked with for that one project, I have reason to believe this was the case with becta’s other projects.
Even sadder was to witness the senior clique’s thinly veiled sycophancy while in this girl’s presence. With the savage cuts being applied to schools and local authority budgets they will soon ssrf unable to afford new computers and interactive whiteboards.
And according to this: This is a very small part of what becta did – but someone somewhere in government needs to be looking at how not to lose what is a top resource for many teachers, and more importantly, for their students. A local businessman bscta 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. Home About this framework.