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    Does anyone know how or if this will affect the ICT Mark Accreditation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disease View Post
    Bye Bye BECTA

    Bye Bye BSF

    You will both be missed.......not.
    Not true, there are plenty of schools already up in arms over the future of BSF and angry they won't be getting the money they were promised.

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    When do we actually get an official word from the govt on this?

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    I'm interested in how this will affect the ICT mark as well. We have been working hard towards getting this. It won't be work wasted as the process has been very productive, but it will be a shame not to get the accreditation all the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer View Post
    When do we actually get an official word from the govt on this?
    Here : http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/press_04_10.pdf

    "80m from closing the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) and other savings in Department for Education quangos."

    And BECTA do not sound to happy : http://news.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=42305
    Last edited by uk101man; 24th May 2010 at 11:40 AM.

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    If BECTA is going, I assume that means the Home access scheme is also going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Not true, there are plenty of schools already up in arms over the future of BSF and angry they won't be getting the money they were promised.
    BSF was a flawed policy from the start, there is more fundemental things wrong with education other than shiny artsy buildings and spangly new computers. Putting crap in a new box may look good at first and may feel like you have somethng other than crap, but when you open the box it still just contains crap.

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    Same here, What's going to happen to the ICT Mark, as I'm in the process of renewing ours!

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    Has BSF definitely been axed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Has BSF definitely been axed?
    Nope, they've not mentioned anything at all about it today. In the past they have said that any projects that haven't reached financial close will be reviewed and any projects that have been approved recently will also be reviewed.

    They want to redirect the money to the tory's "free schools" idea, which as far as I can tell is just another way of privatising education by the back door.

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    just another way of privatising education by the back door
    At least it may not come with the managed IT service that BSF does. Well I'm hoping anyway !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disease View Post
    BSF was a flawed policy from the start, there is more fundemental things wrong with education other than shiny artsy buildings and spangly new computers. Putting crap in a new box may look good at first and may feel like you have somethng other than crap, but when you open the box it still just contains crap.
    As you may note from my post I did make any claims to worthiness of the scheme. The contention was that nobody would miss BSF if it were axed, this is simply not true.

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    Looks like BECTA is going

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnetman View Post
    At least it may not come with the managed IT service that BSF does. Well I'm hoping anyway !
    Yes the managed ICT service is just jobs for the boys

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    "Becta, the education IT procurement quango, is to be scrapped as part of the new government's 6.2bn cuts this year, announced by George Osborne this morning."
    School IT quango to be expelled

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