You know I am not going to publicly name and shame schools or members that have regular power battles in there schools, or with other schools, or with LAs. If you want anonymised examples I will give anonymised examples (and I have done previously where I can) but to close your eyes to the reality that people protect their own empires is naive.
If we were all for that level of control, ensuring everyone had the same systems and so on ... then why did so many people moan about BSF
. Yes, some moaned about the quality, but most moaned about control being taken away and given to someone else ... someone who might be equally as knowledgeable but it was about power.
Managed services under BSF
had so many flaws ... but when you have comments like "They are taking away my network" or "Don't they realise staff have different needs in different departments?" (anonymous examples from 2 members - 1 existing and one who left in disgust at EG, taken from my notes of conversations at BETT 2009) then don't start saying I am making gross assumptions based on a minority. We've all been there are ranted at someone else deciding something without our input, our experience ... yes, we have limited choices to make life easier on both workload for the IT staff and the school, but where it is done in isolation from others who should be involved in making decisions like that ... you all know my opinion on decisions being made behind closed doors ... even if done for the 'greater good'. And yes ... I've also already covered that YMMV
in schools depending on budgets, support (or lack of) from SLT
, ability of staff, etc ...