ICTZINE 13th May 2010

In with the new...

I have found it almost alarming just how easily the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have settled down together, and have found enough common ground to form a working government.

It’s tempting to say that it won’t be long before the cracks will start to show, but if we look at the education policies of the two parties, there appears to be more similarities than differences.

One of the Conservatives’ leading manifesto pledges [Read Story Here], was to allow the freedom of schools to become independent academies, while still remaining funded by the state. The Liberal Democrats, however, while agreeing with the principle of academies, prefer them to come under the control of local authorities.

The two parties also disagree on how a shared priority, to develop a ‘pupil premium that would target funding to the most deprived pupils, should be funded. The Liberal Democrats had promised £2.5bn to pay for it.

Finally, Michael Gove, the new Secretary of State for Education, has said that he wants to make it easier for parents, teachers and charities to start their own schools, which should lead to smaller class sizes – something that the Liberal Democrats support.

I can’t imagine that the areas of disagreement would be deal breakers. What is more important, however, is how the implementation of these – and other – policies affect the relationship between schools and suppliers. If crystal ball-gazers have any thoughts on this, I would love to hear them.

Nathan Bushell, editor

New Education department

Michael Gove MP – a Conservative member of parliament – is the new Secretary of State for Education, and the Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010, replacing the Department for Children, Schools and Families. It is responsible for education and children's services.

A full ministerial team had yet to be confirmed at the time of writing, but a new website – www.education.gov.uk – had been established in preparation for full duty.

One of the Conservative flagship manifesto promises is the creation of “a new generation of independently run state schools. We will make it much easier for educational charities, groups of parents and teachers, cooperatives and others to start new Academies (independent, non-selective state schools). We will move to a national per pupil funding system, so that new schools get paid if they attract pupils, with extra funding for the poorest pupils (a pupil premium).” Read More...

Frog MD leaps to award nomination

Gareth Davies, managing director of Halifax-based learning platform provider Frogtrade, has been shortlisted as a regional finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2010.

Gareth has been recognised for his ability to lead the business to rapid growth and success, doubling the company’s sales turnover in the last four years and increasing the number of schools using the Frog Learning Platform by over 800% between 2005 and 2008.

The Frog Learning Platform is an online learning environment that allows students, teachers and parents to access all school information from one online location. Frog works with schools and local authorities to develop better ways of addressing educational needs and empowering students and staff to achieve excellence in education. Read More...

Dynamic Learning – anytime, anywhere

Dynamic Learning is an online teaching and learning resource. Combining award-winning quality content with easy-to-use tools, it supports teachers and encourages students to develop, progress and achieve.
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Award for RM
RM was recently awarded the title of Top IT Employer at the 2010 Top Employers United Kingdom awards, run annually by the CRF Institute.

Local strength, global reach
Focus Educational Software, based in Truro, is a BETT Award winning publisher of 22 interactive digital learning resources for primary and secondary education.

Free digital presenters for lucky schools
Ten lucky schools recently learned that they had been successful in their application for a free SDP-860 Digital Presenter.

RM announces strategic forums
'Inspirational and challenging'. That was the verdict on the Learning Spaces RM created at BETT this year, RM announced recently.

RM is taking the idea out on the road this spring. Under the banner, RM Strategic Forums - A Vision for Future Learning, RM is replacing its old and well-known conference programme with new engaging and hands-on events. Read More...

New maths practice software from DLK
DLK has just released a new suite of eight Maths software titles called MathaMax.

MathaMax complements its successful MathsWork suite, and the company is offering all schools in the UK one free title from the suite with a full site licence. Just send them an email to sales@dlk.co.uk asking for one. Read More...

Shared-resource computing
Shared-resource computing is an initiative that aims to bring technology into the lives of more and more students. Software developer NetSupport has teamed up with several technology suppliers to promote this cost-effective computing model.

The desire to provide as many students as possible with access to a computer at school is unquestioned but,

New catalogue from Phoenix Software

Phoenix Software has put its experience of meeting the needs of schools into a new catalogue.

To make it as easy as possible to make the right purchasing decisions for your school, Phoenix Software's new catalogue is refreshed at the beginning of each school term and presents products from all the big manufacturers and some of the smaller ones. Read More..

Web filtering from Brightfilter
BoundaryServer is a web filtering service that provides a high level of online protection to small primary schools and other institutions right up to local authorities.

It sits at the gateway between the school network and the internet to filter content that passes through, protecting pupils from

Making ICT management easy
The Manor Community College in Cambridge chose the Citrix Provisioning Server to manage the IT provision across the school.

The college is a mixed community school in Cambridge with 140 students. Read More...

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Preferred bidder

Kier has been announced preferred bidder for the design and delivery of the £20m Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough for Peterborough City Council. The company is also favoured to deliver solutions for the reconstruction of Stanground College (£40m) and improvements to Orton Longueville School (£20m). Read More..

Applied learning centre

Fakenham & Wells Times recently reported how Fakenham High School is engineering a deal to take over one of the town's empty factory units as part of a £1m investment in education.

The school has submitted plans to reinvent an empty building as an applied learning centre to meet a rising demand for engineering diplomas among teenagers. Read More..

Online safety prize

Year two pupils from The Prince of Wales First School, Dorchester have won an online safety competition, Dorset’s ‘View Online’ has reported.

The competition was organised by South West Grid for Learning, and was open to all schools in the south-west of England. The aim of the competition was to emphasise the importance of e-safety and to encourage pupils to make e-safety messages and deliver them in a way that would make a difference to the attitude of others. Read More..

'We need the technology'

School leaders attending last weekend’s NAHT annual conference in Liverpool called for better and faster IT support and equipment for Welsh schools.
Delegates at the conference heard Mick Brookes, general secretary of NAHT call for an inquiry into unscrupulous practice by some ICT companies whom he accused of ripping off schools by taking advantage of the lack of expertise that schools can draw on in sourcing ICT equipment. Read More...



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