Its a shame your school doesn't vaule IT. Our last Windows XP client went out years ago.
Think I first found out about Win XP support ending a year ago, maybe more? Since then we've tried to inform schools about it when we can. However as in most cases, there are always sites that 'miss' every piece of information about it, or there are schools that don't have a pro-active IT life cycle and are stuck due to lack of re-investment. From a LA support prospective, I'm sure we will see the occasional XP device after the cut off date. We will employ the usual 'best endeavours' stance, but at the end of the day, if it's broken due to XP, all we can say is upgrade and point out every pience of info we sent to schools over the past year to make them aware of this.
Capita recently update their Hardware spec guide. While it's a rough spec sheet designed to meet all needs in various school sizes, 2GB is now the minimum recommendation for SIMS use, with 4GB recommended. Add FMS, Discover etc to the mix and the recommendation goes up!
We're stuck in the situation now where we've had little or no money for regular upgrades over the last few years, so we're left with a large amount of outdated kit. Theres not a lot we can do about it though - if the moneys not there you can't upgrade!
Maybe having a sit down with the bursa/SLT and explaining the current situation and how things will goes down hill if hardware is not addressed will result is some funding being scraped together?
I'm sure a lot of schools/colleges will still have a lot of XP kit in use - we can live with that for a while as long as the Staff (i.e SIMS) ones are upgraded. But this is the unfortunate effect of not having a regular, yearly refresh of equipment!
Im sure the school could find money to replace 100 machines. At £500 a wack
You wouldn't even need to spend £500.
In my neck of the woods our local council's SIMS team invite staff to attend the regular SIMS meetings. Its usually a bursar or someone senior in the office who attends. At these meetings they always make the roadmap clear.
If you don't go to the meetings its the Network Manager's job to watch stuff like this and insist on upgrades.
You need to write down the urgent need for replacements and send it to the head. Highlight the Capita deadline, when XP runs out of support (and therefore the school being open to risk and therefore not complying with their legal obligations under principle 7 of the DPA), the minimum specs that SIMS requires and make it clear that without funding, SIMS will simply not work properly - which could put the children at risk due to data being inaccessible.
If you put it all in writing, and they still refuse to do anything, then at least you're absolved of the responsibility - you can then do what you can to keep it running (which will be very little, but still).
Remember - whatever the finance people tell you about the school having no money, it isn't normally true. It is simply a case of being a low priority area in their eyes and they feel other areas are more important.