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  • Blog Post: Fun with Pictures

    Remember “ Fun with Statistics ”, the blog post where I noted that prisoners are given 8.5m 2 of cell space whilst school pupils are given 4m 2 of teaching space? Seems I’m not the only one who’s noticed disparities. I was catching up with the EduGeek forums today, and came across this marvellous post...
  • Blog Post: The billion pound bet on education in Essex

    At first I thought it was a misprint – but no, it was correct. Essex have issued their tender notice for the £1,000,000,000 (Billion pound!) contract for their Local Education Partnership ( LEP ) – which will be responsible for building and running their first waves of BSF schools and the Primary Capital...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Schools – what do they do differently?

    Last week, we announced the availability of the Innovative Schools video case studies . Although they were on the web earlier in the year, we weren’t ready to tell everybody about them until we’d completed all of the work on the website. But now, that’s been done, so I can tell you all about what’s there...
  • Blog Post: Top Ten Blog Posts

    I had a look back at my blog statistics this morning, and thought you might be interested to see the Top 10 blog posts from this blog – just in case you missed any of them Rank Date Title Link #1 June 07 Shift Happens/Did you Know This was #1 by a mile! View ...
  • Blog Post: Fun with statistics – Building Schools for the Future

    “Fun with Statistics” doesn’t sound like a bright Monday morning blog post subject, but bear with me a while.   The minimum cell space allocation for each prisoner to avoid torture or degrading treatment, as recommended by the Council of Europe "European Committee for the Prevention of Torture...
  • Blog Post: What have Microsoft ever done for us?

    All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? If you’re looking for nostalgia, take a look at the Life of Brian script – which doesn’t start with the question...
  • Blog Post: Semantics - what is a managed service?

    I was chatting with Leighton Searle last week - Leighton's our Business Manager for Schools, which means that he seems to spend his week travelling up and down the country meeting local authorities and talking about their plans for the future. He was worrying about semantics when we met - should we be...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What will they think of next? NAACE 2008

    Chris Poole and I were at the NAACE conference this afternoon, having been invited to talk about the future of technology - the title was "What will they think of next? Future technologies, opportunities and challenges". But rather than spend our time looking at all of the technologies that haven't yet...
  • Blog Post: Learning2Go in Wolverhampton

    Dave Whyley, in the Wolverhampton E Services team, is well-known in the education community for his passion for projects with mobile learning. The Learning2Go team have been active in Wolverhampton since 2003, and each year they've produced an annual report on the progress. This year's report contains...
  • Blog Post: Rethinking the school day

    We're still in the foothills of a transformed education system. The fact that our national programme to create a transformed education system is called "Building Schools for the Future" is a pretty clear sign that we're looking at this from today's perspective Why didn't somebody spot that the words...
  • Blog Post: Where is BSF going?

    Last year LocalGovTV recorded an interview with Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools, to discuss progress of the BSF programme in delivering the Government's £45bn investment in secondary education. In the interview her reviewed the various facets and components of BSF, the experiences...
  • Blog Post: Last week at BETT 2008

    Last week I was very quiet on the blog - mainly because it was BETT week, when 29,000 of the UK's most enthusiastic educational ICT people gather at Olympia for a few days. Most visitors only come for a day, but those manning stands are there for the whole week, including Saturday. Perhaps next year...
  • Blog Post: Bolton's BSF Conference

    This week my colleague Chris Poole was invited to run a session at a conference for 3 local authorities coming into the BSF programme. Tribal, one of our education consulting partners, have been asked by Blackburn & Darwen to help their envisioning and creation of their Strategy for Change document...
  • Blog Post: How far have we come with BSF?

    In September, the first of the all-new BSF schools were opened, and the media were full of stories of the shiny new buildings. Now it's time for a bit of reflection, and this programme below provides a chance to catch up with the view from the top... LocalGovTV have made available an interview with Tim...
  • Blog Post: Building Schools for the Future - what does "Transformed Education" look like?

    One of the goals of the Government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme is to transform education. But when the Education Select Committee report was published earlier this month, one of their observations was that there is no common vision about what 'transformed education' looks like:...
  • Blog Post: Talking about "Today, Next Week and Next Year" with the DCSF

    Earlier in the year, a small group from the DfES (as it was then) visited a number of high-tech companies in the US, in order to evaluate how technology would impact and support learning in the future. As a follow on from that, Microsoft were invited this week to present a summary of that information...
  • Blog Post: Building Schools for the Future - Microsoft's second annual conference

    We've just published details of how to register for our second annual Building Schools for the Future conference at the British Library in London on 15th June. Although the event is primarily aimed at local authority staff involved in current or future BSF projects, if you want to know what is going...
  • Blog Post: 2nd Annual Microsoft Building Schools for the Future Conference 2007

    ‘What does Transformed Learning look like?’ Thank you to everybody attending the BSF Conference, at the British Library on 15th June. We have now uploaded the presentations from the conference, so that you can use them in your own work. Just RIGHT CLICK on the links below, and SAVE the presentations...
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