I feel that there are 2 sides to this,
1. is that the school requires teaching of IT and not ICT and the difference is that,
2. a teacher can and will teach ICT as it is quite a lot easier than teaching pure IT which involves coding and networking etc which most teachers cannot seem to grasp and that is why they turn to the people who not only manage the systems on the cheap but will also teach the students on the cheap.
It would only happen in the education sector as ever the SLT do not understand the mechanics required and how the process works, we run a homework which really is a cheap form of childcare so that the teachers can have their lunch in peace not that it matters whether the technical staff get theirs.
Its really a one way system and those of us who embrace the teaching of students especially those who have it timetabled should change their profession to that of teacher and let someone else have the job of technical staff.
I really don't understand why the SLT at most schools still don't understand the difference between technical help and actually doing other professionals job's for them.
If this sounds a little bitter then please understand that we as technical staff should only do what is deemed technical and not teaching young students or doing teachers work for them, like creating powerpoints and the like because they are too lazy to learn for themselves. They always come with the same old story that they don't have enough time or they don't know how to do it, b*lls**t it's because they are lazy elitist's who think it's their right to lumber technical staff with their work.
I also realise that their are decent teachers who do work hard and learn about using applications for themselves but I find as the years have gone on that these type of teachers are getting less and less prevolent.
Anyway if I have upset anyone by these remarks.......................................toug h!!! get over yourself as I am totally right in what I say and the more that people let schools get away with the more our profession is going to be diluted and made trivial by the very people who request your help every day of the week. :)