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    Re: students workshop

    the less the "kids" know about the machines the better,
    the more they know the more hassle it will be for us. A number of our year 11's asked if they could do work experience with us but due to health and safety and confidentitality we decided against.

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    Re: students workshop

    Surely the more they know the more they will respect the kit and how fragile it can be ...

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    The more they know the more likely they are to "mess" and cause problems. We already have kids remove network cables and RAM. I understand that it would be nice to educate about the cost and fragile-ness of the components, but remember these are kids. 14yr old pulling components out of a machine because a litte knowledge is a powerful thing

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    Re: students workshop

    There is a difference between allowing students to learn about building computers and letting them get away with causing damage to classroom machines.

    I suppose it also really depends on the school and what students are being targetted.

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    Re: students workshop

    The type of pupils who are likely to attend a "computer club" aren't usually the type of pupils who damage the school's equipment.

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    Re: students workshop

    We have kids in at lunchtime to build pc's for us, we also send them out to change mice/printer cartridges etc. It works well for us here - the kids get extra experience of IT and we get free manpower. The biggest problem is that some of the students have the attention span of a flea and training them to properly finish a job can be a lot of hassle.

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    Re: students workshop

    We ran a PC build club last year. Made sure they understood ESD and H&S (first session). Second session enforced these concepts as they had a touch/feel session with components. More H&S for the third session as they had a master class from me in takeing a PC apart (including destroying heatsink and fan). Fourth session it was down to them in groups of 2 dismantling then re building. Once done it was partition and format followed by loading O/S.

    Worked well and one of the pupils did work expeerience with us this year and works with us on a wednesday afternoon.

    As long as you do a risk assesment and ensure that you follow H&S measures you will be fine.

    I actualy enjoyed doing it as the kids had an interest in computers.

    I wouldn't go as far as letting them bring their own PC's in though, another insurance kettle of fish.

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    Re: students workshop

    we dont "let them get away" with damaging equipment. I do agree it depends on the kind of pupils who would be intrested, im sure many of our kids would love to be envolved in something like this.

    If a kids going to take a network cable home to plug into his Xbox he'll do it regardless.

    a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, we dont want to turn them into "home users" do we!!!!

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    CRB check? What CRB check?

    The only one I have is as a governor of another school and that is very very recently. I have never filled one in at either school I work in - where does that leave me, do you think?

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    CRB checks are an HR issue and so a matter for SMT to sort out.
    So long as you resist the urge to give the little darlings a clip round the ear you should be fine

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    CRB checks are a joke, almost every member of staff in our school hasnt had one. Headteacher of the school has never had one, i had mine when i started 3 years ago. If you've never had one done then you'll probably only have one if you go to anther school.

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    Already had my CRB check documents from working for the police. So it wasn't an issue. Schools around here are pretty good for doing it. I guess it varies from district to district? (Although it probably shouldn't!)

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