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General Chat Thread, Computers to Pupils ratio in General; I've just had a thought about this and was wondering what other people's ratios in their schools are. So, what ...
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    Computers to Pupils ratio

    I've just had a thought about this and was wondering what other people's ratios in their schools are.

    So, what is the ratio of computers to pupils/pupils to computers in your school?

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    We're about 4:1 here.

    BTW, is there still a requirement to maintain a ratio?

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    About 4:1 here too.

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    Found this.

    Not sure what our ratio is...somewhere around 4:1

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    We have been asked to provide this information a number of times. Depending upon who is doing the asking, you can include all computers associated with 'teaching & learning', including staff laptops etc used in the classroom as teaching aids. On this basis we are better than 2:1. If you apply the more strict definition of those used by students we are a bit over 2:1.

    Under BSF at my school the school vision statement contains an aspirational target of 1:1, I think I have seen a statement from the LA that suggests we should get no worse than 4:1.

    Pay more, get less?

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    Well we've got about 600 kids, and about 150 machines for kids use, and then another 35 for teacher use. So if you go with the 'only kids ones' then 4:1 and the 'all T&L' would be about 3.5:1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful View Post
    Found this.
    I notice these DfES ratios keep going up. They were 1:11 and 1:7 back in 2002 for example.

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    We have 1400 pupils and are well over 2 to 1

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    i think i lied... i accidently included admin machines :S hmmm.... so it's not 4:1 it's prolly more like 5:1 or something...

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    we have roughly 360 pupils with 140 pc's for their access.

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    Hmm...

    Primary 1.
    45 student machines, 200+ kids.. 4:1

    Primary 2.
    21 student machines, 150 kids.. 7:1

    Primary 3.
    25 student machines, 120 kids.. 5:1

    Primary 4.
    25 student machines, 350 kids.. 8:1

    Quite varied... but there's absolutely no way a primary could get anything more than 1:3 with the budgets they have.
    Last edited by contink; 28th January 2008 at 04:01 PM. Reason: ratios corrected :)

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    For student only machines its 4:1 (1000/250)
    Last edited by DMcCoy; 28th January 2008 at 01:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    I notice these DfES ratios keep going up. They were 1:11 and 1:7 back in 2002 for example.
    I believe that was the point. I can't find any information on it now but I do remember there were targets for different years, each one meaning more computers to lower the ratio.

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    I thought there was also something along the lines of age of machine? Then it changed to usefullness? IE if it could run SIMS etc?

    We are about 4:1, but have still got PCs that are 10 years old(about 1 suite) but staff refuse to bin them.

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    Its impossible to draw up a single ratio number here - depending on how you choose to count them, it's anywhere from 4:1 up to as high as 2.5:1

    If you count every student and every curriculum PC, you end up at around 4:1 but that's a meaningless figure because Secondary students don't use the Primary PCs (although Primary use some of the Secondary ones); if you take the Primary in isolation, counting the students and only those PCs to which they have access, it's 3.3:1; calculate the Secondary based on that principle and you get 2.5:1

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