Yesterday I went to visit a school who has recently been BSf ed, the IT staff students and teachers say itís the best thing thatís happened, no job losses and even some promotions. Now I'm also a network manager and am worried about BSF but after seeing the model yesterday I have to admire it. Perhaps this is because the LEA are doing the IT provision and are more sympathetic to the local workforce and perhaps not so hungry to make a profit. The LEA is Newcastle and it's in the pipeline for North Tyneside so I'm hoping NT adopts the same model.
I believe that Newcastle as a pathfinder LA was set up before Partnership for Schools really got their act together as far as ICT was concerned. The LA has set up a seperate business unit underpinned by DELL as principal supplier, I am not sure if there are any other partners.
It is a model that a number of other LAs would like to follow. Those that will be successful will have to be measured & audited against commercial alternatives so they must to be prepared to build a business case that is better than the competition and demonstrate they have the resources & skills to deliver.
It's not easy, the LA will need to convince Partnership for Schools who have the final veto acting on behalf of the Government, so it's not just a simple case of an LA saying they want to keep things in-house.
Last edited by broc; 16th May 2008 at 10:45 AM.
Newcastle, who's schools are currently throwing away perfectly good prometheans
as they've all been replaced by smartboards. Sounds like the height of efficiency.
I wonder if the teachers got trained and had their resources converted...
I know that BSF is a bummer, but we should at least look on the bright side... kinda!
#Newcastle, who's schools are currently throwing away perfectly good prometheans
Bagged a few myself for our school, nice and cheap
As already mentioned £150-£200 for a conference place is rather a lot, maybe if you post your costings on here some of the memebrs could have a look at them and maybe make some suggestions on reducing them.
Until a recent meeting neither myself or our Headteacher realised that the IT contract for BSF would only run for 5 years at the end of which it would go out to tender again.
More importantly (for me anyway), no-one in HR/Governing Body can give me a definitive answer as to how long I'm going to be protected (salary & other current Conditions of Employment) once I'm TUPE'd across.
I think the whole TUPE process sucks personally
and back on topic - £200 for a conference is a lot
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