Poll: Does your LA have an education IT dept?

+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 14 of 14
General Chat Thread, Does your LA have an Educaiton IT Dept? in General; Pretty self explanatory! Does your authority have an education IT dept? Our LA have got rid of theirs during a ...
  1. #1
    joe90bass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    S Wales
    Posts
    1,349
    Thank Post
    322
    Thanked 107 Times in 96 Posts
    Rep Power
    50

    Does your LA have an Educaiton IT Dept?

    Pretty self explanatory! Does your authority have an education IT dept? Our LA have got rid of theirs during a recent reorganisation and this concerns me! Now any requests go to the corporate dept who have limited understanding of how schools work, it also incurs a charge, even for just meeting to discuss a requirement/idea (cheeky *****ds!) I also feel that with VLEs, etc, this should be led centrally, especially with the 14-19 learning pathways coming in and pupils moving schools.

    Before I rasie this at a higher level locally, I thought I'd ask here what happens in other areas of the UK!

  2. #2

    powdarrmonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Alcester, Warwickshire
    Posts
    4,859
    Thank Post
    412
    Thanked 777 Times in 650 Posts
    Rep Power
    182
    I don't really count any more, but when I was in a state school we did. They were pretty useless.

  3. #3
    Steven_Cleaver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    461
    Thank Post
    172
    Thanked 83 Times in 67 Posts
    Rep Power
    50
    Our LA have a IT department, if you are able to contact the right people they can be useful. Although they have gone through a re-organisation recently which was a mess for a couple of weeks. The LA is also our ISP provider and to be honest this has been pretty reliable although they can be a bit heavy on filtering although I would rather this than under filter.

  4. #4
    leco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    2,026
    Thank Post
    595
    Thanked 125 Times in 119 Posts
    Rep Power
    41
    Educational IT is part of the Children and Young People Service at our Met Borough Council. We have a service level agreement which gives access to an ICT Help Desk. There is a Primary ICT Network which meets four times a year (I think there is a Secondary Network as well) for ICT Co-Ord's and "other interested parties". The Primary Sector have just collaborated in the procurement of a Primary Learning Platform across the LEA.

    So I guess both the technical and curriculum areas are provisioned, certainly in the Primary Sector.

  5. #5
    Sirbendy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    2,298
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 202 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    109
    Telford and Wrekin do. Corporate IT helpdesk and an education one.

    None too shabby either, especially if you know the right people.

  6. #6
    richardp's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    North Yorkshire
    Posts
    131
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 25 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    We have no IT education department within our LA only a corporate one. Until recently they were almost completely focused on corporate matters with little understanding of school requirements. However with the recent appointment of a new network manager who is willing to work with the school tech teams things seem to be changing for the better.

  7. #7

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,617
    Thank Post
    514
    Thanked 2,442 Times in 1,890 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    831
    We have a couple... :-P We have the ELIM team, who deal with education directly, and we have southwest one, which is the resources directorate of our LA that has been split off and turned into a private company.

    Makes for some interesting ticket paths! Post request to SW1, it gets passed to Elim, back to SW1, back to ELIM, on to SWGfL, etc... Can be a bit long winded.

  8. #8
    pooley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    S Wales
    Posts
    1,129
    Thank Post
    77
    Thanked 118 Times in 99 Posts
    Rep Power
    66
    Quote Originally Posted by joe90bass View Post
    Pretty self explanatory! Does your authority have an education IT dept? Our LA have got rid of theirs during a recent reorganisation and this concerns me! Now any requests go to the corporate dept who have limited understanding of how schools work, it also incurs a charge, even for just meeting to discuss a requirement/idea (cheeky *****ds!) I also feel that with VLEs, etc, this should be led centrally, especially with the 14-19 learning pathways coming in and pupils moving schools.

    Before I rasie this at a higher level locally, I thought I'd ask here what happens in other areas of the UK!
    Similar position as you m8, now Bridgend have disbanded the schools' team things will not be the same, corporate ideals do not fit well into schools.

  9. #9
    joe90bass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    S Wales
    Posts
    1,349
    Thank Post
    322
    Thanked 107 Times in 96 Posts
    Rep Power
    50
    Quote Originally Posted by pooley View Post
    Similar position as you m8, now Bridgend have disbanded the schools' team things will not be the same, corporate ideals do not fit well into schools.
    It's Bridgend I'm in (Maesteg to be exact!) whereabouts are you?

    Thanks for all your replies, it's an interesting mix! As Pooley said, it's the corporate ideals being forced into schools that concerns me. Though BCBC have setup (again) an IT forum. Hopefully it'll be a bit more than a talking shop (I'm an optimist, or try to be!)

  10. #10

    maniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    3,037
    Thank Post
    209
    Thanked 425 Times in 306 Posts
    Rep Power
    144
    Kent have EIS who are part of the LA but are effectively a seperate organisation with their own offices etc. EIS - Supporting ICT in Schools

    Mike.

  11. #11
    cookie_monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    4,196
    Thank Post
    392
    Thanked 278 Times in 239 Posts
    Rep Power
    74
    In Derbyshire the education IT department has been pulled in under the corporate IT umbrella but there is still a team within that deals specifically with education.

  12. #12
    somabc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,337
    Thank Post
    83
    Thanked 388 Times in 258 Posts
    Rep Power
    111
    At my last LA we had a central education IT team, they mainly dealt with primary schools, infrastructure, no real contact/oversight with secondary schools or NMs.

    The LA's own corporate IT was outsourced to Fujitsu.

  13. #13
    Zoom7000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    927
    Thank Post
    303
    Thanked 79 Times in 52 Posts
    Rep Power
    32
    Our's does... Wish it didn't! 'Nuff said really!

    It's called ITASS... No, really... Look here!

  14. #14
    simongrahamuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Durham, UK
    Posts
    231
    Thank Post
    40
    Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    They sure do, I work for them.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. How ironic... VLE for Business Studies Dept
    By contink in forum Virtual Learning Platforms
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 11th December 2007, 10:17 AM
  2. ICT Support Dept Roles and Responsibilities
    By User3204 in forum General Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10th October 2007, 06:46 PM
  3. Your Biology Dept needs You(r kneecaps)
    By pete in forum General Chat
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 10th March 2007, 12:14 PM
  4. Please ask your music dept.....
    By PsychoTech83 in forum Other Stuff
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16th January 2007, 03:47 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •