see today's Guardian
Ministers shelve £45bn plan to rebuild every state school by 2020 | Schools special reports | EducationGuardian.co.uk
Light at the end of the tunnel?
Not quite gone at moment reading into that article
Future waves will have plan to rebuild every school but for key 2020 date they have to nominate 4 schools per lea.
Certainly looks like start of the end maybe but this is politics so we will see..
Last edited by russdev; 10th April 2008 at 01:55 PM.
This could badly screw up plans for ICT outsourcing. It will be far less attractive for an ICT firm to run a couple of schools in one area, they would prefer to run a bunch of schools from a central location. This will put the cost of ICT outsourcing up even further.
Not suprising really. The current government is rather skint. I full expect BSF will be dead an buried by the next election.
If this were a car going along a road, bits would be falling off at an alarming rate.
So a Ford then?
Hold on a second folks... This isn't all good news.
Ok, for our little corner of the world it looks great but from the point of view of a lot of schools this is going to be very, very bad news. Dilapidated buildings not being replaced, fewer and fewer resources, etc...
So, yeah, great news on the IT side of things for those who were going to lose out when their IT infrastructure and support was downgraded but ruddy awful for those who desperately needed the investment..
So what happens to schools where the LEA is still in the bidding stage (Salford are down to 2 bidders)
This also does not affect the academies program as yet, so we still have a number of those 'worse off schools' that are included in the BSF stats already being targetted for rebuilds under a different scheme.
It means that successful schools and failing schools that are partnering up to form academies are fine, but thos middle of the road schools that do ok, don't fail but don't hit the high performing criteria, are going to be dumped on yet again.
Dilapidated buildings, poor facilities, no room for expansion (the only way a school can actually get more money is by getting more student through the doors!) ...
Yes ... forget the fact that this scraps managed services for IT ... face up to the fact that the money to support education in general is just not there anymore!
beeswax (10th April 2008)
It's like Christmas!! About ruddy time too!
Yes - school are run down... but maybe now the Gov will come up with a program to fix what needs to be fixed in schools, e.g. buildings, funding etc., and not lump in things like ICT into the equation just to keep the bidders sweet...
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