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Budgets and Expenditure Thread, The demise of eLC (E-learning Credits) in School Administration; AFAIK elc's for preschools/nurseries are stopping entirely....
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    AFAIK elc's for preschools/nurseries are stopping entirely.

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    I'm so glad to hear this, being an Independant school we never got them and i do believe that they have kept the cost of a lot of software really high.

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    i do believe that they have kept the cost of a lot of software really high.
    And caused some really bad 16bit software to have its life extended well beyond its initial platform base.

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    I've been looking into the new Harnessing Technology Grant after finding this thread. Although elcs were very annoying because they could only be used for software, and then not on all software, we have found them useful for paying two big bills which they were allowed to fund: Espresso subsciption and payment to the company who designed and host our school website. I did wonder if the new grant would mean that we would have to find other money for these, but it looks like we will be OK depending on the amount of grant allocated to us. Espresso is really coming into it's own now that we have the IWBs, and the website currently helps us keep parents informed about the school and what is happening here. The website may change once we start looking at the Kaleidos VLP we have been given by the LEA, and we will presumably need to use the grant to pay for this after a couple of years, but at least I think we are safe to carry on for now.

    For anyone else interested, some links to info about the new grant are below:

    Becta Local authorities - Funding - Harnessing Technology Grant - ICT funding 2008 to 2011

    Department for Children, Schools and Families : Publications : e-Strategy

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    I've been sent a link to the FAQs on the new Harnessing Technology Grant on the Becta website. It may give us a bit of a problem, as it looks from this that we can no longer fund our Espresso subscription and website hosting subscription from this, which was previously possible from eLcs. Also, interestingly, we should have had our first quarter of funding from this from the LEA in May!!! Not aware we've got it yet.

    Here's the link:

    Becta Local authorities - Funding - Harnessing Technology Grant - Frequently asked questions about the Harnessing Technology Grant

    Anyone out there had any guidance from their LEA on what they can use this for specifically, or, more helpfully possibly, what isn't included?

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    I note the table that says "the grant is paid quarterly ... according to the following timetable" and then lists 5 dates...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    I note the table that says "the grant is paid quarterly ... according to the following timetable" and then lists 5 dates...
    As far as I am aware we have been given our full allocation already.

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    One thing we are investigating at the moment is that the Harnessing Technology grant is not for subscription based models ... so alternative funding needs to be arranged for certain things we pay for.

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    I have now been told that elcs were treated as capital funding, and therefore we can use the new fund to purchase the subscriptions we used elcs for. But not sure how correct that is, or whether it applies to every LA...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andie View Post
    I have now been told that elcs were treated as capital funding, and therefore we can use the new fund to purchase the subscriptions we used elcs for. But not sure how correct that is, or whether it applies to every LA...
    Not as far as the Government guidelines state although they are quite open and are open to interpretation - if your LA say its fine then I think you should be safe but its the use of the word CAPITAL that would suggest to me this is not for subscription based material.

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