Great Expectations

Last week saw the publication of the OFSTED report “The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?” .  It concluded that bright students in the UK were being failed by those secondary schools who chose not to stream students early according to ability.  The report showed that two-thirds of previously high-attaining primary school pupils attending non-selective secondary schools did not translate…

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Becta to close as a result of cutbacks

There has been mixed reaction in the UK to the announcement that Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is to beclosed down by November as part of the new Government’s public spending cuts.  There has been speculation about this for weeks, ever since Becta was singled out as one of the many quangos that could be closed by the Conversatives to save money. Becta was set up in 1998…

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Sherston Mega Deal

​Sherston Software (http://www.sherston.com) announced a mega deal offer to schools in the UK where they offered full site licenced versions of over 100 of their titles in a bundle deal during the summer for £999 excluding VAT for those who ordered before 18th July 2009. The offer has been extended until 31 October and is available to UK schools today for £1099. The good news for Irish schools is that…

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Sherston Mega Deal

​Sherston Software (http://www.sherston.com) announced a mega deal offer to schools in the UK where they offered full site licenced versions of over 100 of their titles in a bundle deal during the summer for £999 excluding VAT for those who ordered before 18th July 2009. The offer has been extended until 31 October and is available to UK schools today for £1099. The good news for Irish schools is that…

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Next Generation Learning

Next Generation Learning is a web based initiative launched by Becta, the UK government’s agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning. Next Generation Learning is, in the main, directed at parents, providing them with details of the various ICT’s available to schools, the most common technologies in use in schools, information on Internet safety, Cyber-bullying and using ICT to help with…

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The importance of ICT- New UK Report

‘The importance of ICT: information and communication technology in primary and secondary schools, 2005/2008′ Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) have recently published a comprehensive new report on the importance of ICT in primary & secondary schools. The report draws on evidence from the inspection of ICT in more than 177 schools between 2005 and 2008, with the schools selected representing a range nationally and included…

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