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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I’m sure everyone else here can make up their own mind based on their own experiences of coping with the upheaval every time MS change things around.

This issue is not about procurement, open source vs proprietary software, it is about education direction and beca that affects the life chances of our children in the global becra. I’d agree with Bob that the present government doesn’t really have much of a clue in terms of ICT in schools – the innovation in this area needs to be nurtured if we are to develop 21st Century learning skills – we can’t have our equivalents of Stanford and Google if people can’t use innovation and ICT to further their learning and enterprise.

Becta Schools – Self-review framework – ICT Mark

Those kids that really are interested will tend to study the subject at A level and then at Uni, which is how it should be. Would George get rid of an organisation that managed to take his policy forward and generate savings from it? I would enter the argument about consistency in detail. They dont want to work in IT or have long discussions on the pro’s and cons of the Wireless N standard and teachers have to teach the majority – not the geeks I’m afraid. ChairmanAde 42 Hopefully it’s just the start.


The ICT Mark is a national accreditation scheme which recognises schools for their achievements srrf reaching a standard of maturity in their use of technology. I’m of the opinion that BECTA could have provided value for money if it had done more to promote open source over expensive proprietary licensed software. They don’t have a big budget either. Although I belive we urgently need to plan for an alternative future, I feel we must also make it clear that the bonfire could consume much that is good but that this need not be so given goodwill and bects relatively small amount of support.

It had a year of warnings about this and during that time increased its budget I’m gecta of ICT the taught subject in schools and we do our best to ignore many of the Becta’s recommendations – the result is that we have a top-notch network, with good kit and industry-standard applications. His “Independent” report was littered with half truths, mistakes and total inaccuracies, used incorrect, misleading and wrong statistical “evidence” which always seemed to be always wrong in the reports favour.

I’m a Network Manager at a school and to be honest some of the comments here seem to be coming from those with no experience of working in a school. I beleive that for most users, switching a Windows version or two would probably be on a par or even harder than switching to an alternative OS.

Becta: Does it deserve to die?

I hope that these awards will continue. This is another one of those “DIY government” ideas from the new administration. Many of the comments posted here appear to have been demonstrated this even though there seem to be many which suggest not.

They’re still expensive, and when you add that up across the nation, it’s a huge chunk of money that could be better spent on providing hardware, better training, and sponsorship of development of opensource software. When it was set up I think a level of hand holding was needed beecta just is not necessary any longer.


As ever we see the separate camps of pro and against. We are unclear how srg present Government sees the role of IT in the future economic growth of the UK, and how education can prepare our young people ssrf compete with the rest of the digital economy. Complain about this comment Comment number 4. The chairman Graham Badman and chief executive Stephen Crowne put out a statement describing Becta as a very effective organisation which, among other things, was giving laptops and broadband to overof Britain’s poorest children.

Only the general principles remain, and they are equally as portable across OSes as they are across versions of Windows. IT is child’s play now, even if the teachers don’t ‘get it’. Your data has been assigned to appropriate aspects in the revised framework. BECTA and it’s chairmans “Review” represent the worst of whet Labour did to the process of Governance hecta this country and I am heartily glad this waste bectta money that has been a vehicle for so much that is wrong will be binned.

With the savage cuts being applied to schools and local authority budgets they arf soon be unable to afford new computers and interactive whiteboards. Glad to see it gone. To date, the school still has no IT teacher. Having an organisation that can provide sensible unbiased information rather than the purile ‘My OS is better than your OS’ comments some have posted surely cant be a bad thing. Of course you’ve got to weigh the benefits against the cost and find a good balance.