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  • Blog Post: What happens now that BSF has gone–the Rotherham story

    Well you can be sure that up and down the country, the question “ What do we do now? ” has been asked in lots of schools and local authorities since the DfE announced the end of the BSF programme. I’ve heard lots of different opinions on the future in the last two weeks ( and have even seen some people...
  • 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: 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: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst School

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, we went to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in their school ...
  • 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: Product launch invitation: PerformancePoint Server 2007

    This is probably something for local authority teams, rather than individual schools, but I thought it worth a mention to everybody because there may be some schools who are interested in using this for their own monitoring - especially in federations, where information sharing across institutions allows...
  • 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: Summer Movies III - From a Land Down Under

    Ask a teacher what they'd like, and this answer wouldn't surprise you: "Not getting bogged down in paperwork when we should be focusing on teaching - which is what we enjoy" What might surprise you is that those were the words of Ginetta Chiodo, a teacher at Luther College...in Australia. Prompted by...
  • Blog Post: Summer Movies II - Learning Gateway at Shireland Language College

    One of the highest profile users of the Microsoft Learning Gateway is Shireland Language College, where they use it to boost learning in their school, as well as providing a Learning Gateway service to 70 other schools in the area. The result is a Learning Gateway that connects with pupils and parents...
  • Blog Post: Summer Movies I - a look around the ICT at Long Eaton School

    I've mentioned Long Eaton before - they have everybody in school using Office 2007, and almost all of their laptops and desktop computers are running Windows Vista. And their commitment to the use of ICT to enhance curriculum delivery is backed with an exceptional level of funding from their core budget...
  • Blog Post: The Philadelphia School of the Future on BBC News

    In the UK we have Building Schools for the Future - and in the US, there's the "School of the Future" - a collaboration between Microsoft and the Philadelphia School District. A completely new school has been built from the bottom up, bringing together education, technology and business management techniques...
  • 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: BBC News: Computers 'can raise attainment'

    Becta have just released news of the final report of 4-year study into the £34m ICT Test Bed projects, run in three deprived areas of England. The outcomes showed gains in some GCSE and primary school test scores. The BBC news report does an excellent job of telling a story which can sometimes be passionately...
  • Blog Post: No more school

    Projects are like this all the time - you set out to create one thing, and end up creating something completely different. But in the case of the Government's "Building Schools for the Future" programme, you would think that the name of the programme says it all...that it's all about "Building Schools...
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