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    Home Access Programme – the basics

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    I was just starting a blog post to update everybody on the Home Access Programme, and the latest news. But then I stopped. I wondered “Well, do people know what the Home Access Programme is?” – and a couple of quick phone calls to schools and I realised...
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    Home Access Programme Approved Suppliers

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    This post refers to the pilot of the Home Access Programme, for 2009, which has now finished. There's now an updated blog post all about the Home Access Programme Suppliers for 2010 , which is much more useful to you! A little earlier I got my ...
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    BETT is just around the corner…

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    Only two days until BETT, and it’s currently all-hands-on-deck to get everything ready for the opening day of the show. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that 80% of the people that come through the doors visit the Microsoft stand – which makes...
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    The Fat Lady sings

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    “Ed the Fed” has written to me again. For those who are new to the blog, Ed’s a legend around here as the Microsoft UK Chief Cyber-Security Advisor. We call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history at the FBI and other places – which obviously...
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    Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

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    I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates...
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    The Imagine Cup – extended to Secondary Schools in the UK

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    Every year we run a global competition called the Imagine Cup . It has traditionally been aimed at university students, and each year one team from the UK has made it to the global finals, held in a far-away place (okay, France last year, but Egypt in...
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    Know thy reader – part two

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    A couple of weeks ago, I set up a small survey to help me start to to understand who’s reading the blog, so that in the future I can try and make sure that I’m writing for the right person. That first poll told me some interesting things (and didn’t contain...
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    BBC website makes Orwellian changes

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    Yesterday I wrote about the Rose Review of the primary curriculum, and made mention of the BBC’s website headline “ Lessons in being happy proposed ”, which I linked to the full article . Of all of yesterday’s headlines, the BBC article seemed to be the...
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    Why is buying a licence so complicated

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    I don’t think I’m letting out any secrets when I say that it can be complicated to buy software – there are so many different licensing schemes from so many different suppliers. And so it can sometimes be easy to get tripped up by the process. I know...
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    The Rose Review – looking at primary schools differently

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    Although it’s officially called the “Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum”, we’ll all call it the Rose Review won’t we? It’s out*, and the media have already started to produce glorious headlines. Whilst The Times goes with a factual “ Primary...
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