Isn't that covered by the Computers for Pupils scheme? For example as discussed in this thread?
The scary thing is the provision of home computers for the less well-off! I have no problem with this in principle. The question is, who is going to provide the support?
Knight repeated his assertion that the government will pressurise broadband, hardware, and software providers into giving taxpayers a good deal. "I believe the market will respond with an affordable solution," he said.
That's really quite frustrating - the suppliers don't need to be pressurised by the govt, they are pressurised by capitalism already. The only areas where government pressure would be of any use are where a monopoly exists - say if they decided to supply MSOffice to these poor and needy.
Cue a lengthy consultation process by BECTA, followed by them selecting the usual suspects to provide hardware and software at approx 5% higher rate than anyone in this forum would typically pay.
They could of course save "taxpayers" money by not making them pay VAT on the IT equipment. I won't hold my breath.
Oh no, we couldn't possibly have the teachers doing anything else could we"There has to be the hard evidence from a pilot scheme which includes the effects on teachers' workload before we can accept claims that real-time reporting is workload neutral," said Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.
Call me cynical, but £30m split between 6 million kids isn't going to get them all online. The fact that the DESF are talking to BT, Virgin Media, Sky, Microsoft and RM to 'get their prices down' doesn't really bode very well with me. They should buy in some OLPC's or eeepc's instead.
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