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  • Blog Post: West Hatch High School students receive standing ovation from judges on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent

    I have to admit that from time to time if I can, I will tune into ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent just to see a glimpse of those who really do have exceptional talent, usually wishing that I too could sing, dance or entertain like those who go on to do really well in the competition. A couple...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award

    Before I leave for my holiday, I thought I would share with you this bit of news, from July, for those of you who don’t know Alan Richards, Information Systems Manager at West Hatch High School or didnt know the great award he has achieved. Alan writes regularly on his blog “ Education Technology Now...
  • Blog Post: Summer holidays mean sandcastles, ice cream and in some cases, setting up for September

      When you say ‘’summer holiday’’ in school, many imagine 6 long weeks off, whether you are staff or student. Some go abroad, some stay at home. The weeks all role into one and the Autumn term seems a long way away. This isn’t the case for everyone who work in education. Gerald Haigh, independent...
  • Blog Post: ICT and saving money, 10th February 2011. West Hatch High School show you how

    Education ICT – The Future Developing ICT in education and cost saving  were a couple of the hot topics presented at the recent BETT show at the Olympia, London which are now featuring in schools across the UK and are fast becoming part of the education future. One of Microsoft’s success stories...
  • Blog Post: Sneak peak at the Microsoft stand at BETT 2011

    Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope that your Christmas and New Year celebrations were fun filled, action packed or a chance to unwind and relax before starting a new year and a new term in school. I know many of you will be attending the BETT show 2011 , taking place from Wednesday 12th –Saturday 15th January...
  • Blog Post: Schools spend more money on printer paper than on ICT

    How much does your school spend on reprographics - paper, toner, printers, photocopiers, and the staff to run them and keep them running? I'm sure that the average secondary school is spending more on reprographics than they do on their whole ICT budget. Mike Herrity, at Twynham School, found out his...
  • Blog Post: Education IT savings–West Hatch School, virtualisation and £36,000

    After Wednesday’s IT cost saving story, of Neville Lovett Community School in Hampshire saving £23,000 , it seemed timely to share one more example of education IT savings – from West Hatch High School in Essex. Alan Richards, the Information Systems Manager at the school, has been...
  • Blog Post: Virtually saving money

    Virtualisation again. Just to remind you if you’re still not up with it, virtualisation is shorthand for replacing your bank of network servers with just a few, more powerful ones, each housing a number of virtual servers. And why has it suddenly become a talking point? Because although the principle...
  • Blog Post: First school to deploy Windows 7?

    After last night’s post , about the first to deploy the full release version of Windows 7 amongst schools, the race has changed. At first, network managers appeared to be racing to get it onto their own laptops – now it has moved on to getting Windows 7 deployed across the school network. As far as...
  • Blog Post: Getting all Synthy in Essex

    Alan Richards sent me the link to his Photosynth, taken in one of the IT suites at his school - West Hatch High School in Essex. For being the first to tackle my competition , he wins the first goody bag. There’s another goody bag waiting for the best entry by the end of the month. Two things I noticed...
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