Schools complain about standardised BSF IT
Camden School for Girls says its London borough's school building programme would have replaced its ICT with poorer facilities
The school, which is in need of physical renovation, was told that if it didn't sign up, the Building Schools for the Future deal for the whole borough would be delayed, reports the Guardian.
Anne Canning, the headteacher, said: "Without question we felt we had no choice. Partnerships for Schools (PfS, the government body overseeing BSF) would look for the next local authority, which was more attractive to market, we were told. The implication was, you can pull out, but if you do the whole of Camden will not proceed within this round."
The school has invested heavily in ICT since 2000. When it was told it would have to outsource its ICT to a private company managing a network for schools across LB Camden, its management wanted to know what the benefit would be to the students.
"We asked whether what we were going to get would be better than what we have now. The answer came back, and it was clearly worse: more expensive and more old-fashioned," said Penny Wild, chair of governors.
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My opinion, yes in some cases there are schools that have developed their IT systems quite well, better than in some private companies. However... There are quite a lot of schools where their IT dept aren't qualified or experienced enough or schools where they haven't invested enough money into IT. Should it be blanketed across all schools? To be honest I don't really know... As there are pro & cons to both sides of the story. What are your thoughts, especially thoses that work in education?