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Government Cuts Will Impact on Work of SBMs

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Government Cuts Will Impact on Work of SBMs

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After twelve years, BECTA, the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning, is scheduled for closure. Opinion is divided over what this will mean to the schools that it has been serving. Some commentators are enthusiastic about de-centralising the service, and giving the money and the control back to schools on the frontline. Others are concerned that schools will get less value for money spent individually.

Over the last thirteen years, technology has been embedded into schools. However, keeping that technology up-to-date and effective requires time, expertise and finance. It is not cheap to keep up with fast-moving changes in this field. Some schools fear that without the support of BECTA, it will be impossible.

Others point to the promises to relax the curriculum, arguing that the greater flexibility will enhance teaching of all subjects, but particularly ICT, where the rapidity of change has meant that the curriculum is outdated almost as soon as it is written. …

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