Now that we have clear messages from the Board about next steps, the following are are to be taken about Becta’s current position. On May 24 th 2010, as part of the government’s plans for reducing expenditure in the public sector, the planned closure of Becta was announced. The Department for Education has made it clear that the reductions Becta faces are not a reflection on Becta’s staff, whose work and contributions over recent years have been significant. Becta’s Executive is now in regular discussion with Government officials with regard to the timescales and processes for these reductions to be made. Becta’s Board, who are also trustees of the charity, are now working to ensure that a fair and efficient process is in place to facilitate the required reductions and planned closure.
The priority for Becta is a well managed closure, which: manages the cessation of its funding announced by the UK Government effectively and systematically; makes sure there is an orderly and fair process for staff to secure the best outcome possible for them; - We believe that it is important that schools, colleges and learners continue to benefit from the savings and guidance Becta has developed; we are working to develop processes to ensure that key areas of our work can be handed over to continue after the closure of Becta. As far as possible ensure that schools, colleges and learners continue to benefit from the savings and support that Becta has developed. It is clear that a number of pieces of work will now be brought to a controlled stop. Details of the future of all work will be released, programme by programme, as this becomes clear. For example, Becta has now confirmed it will not be participating in the Bett 2011 Show. The next phase for some programmes of work has now been clarified. These include: Home Access – where Becta has been able to announce the suppliers for the Assistive Technology aspects of the programme ICT Services Framework – which the Department for Education (DfE) has agreed that Becta should proceed to completion with its current ICT Services Framework One. The framework, which covers Infrastructure/Mobile Connectivity as well as ICT Service Integrators, promotes responsible purchasing of ICT to schools and colleges. ICT Excellence Awards – Judging of schools that have entered for this years’ scheme began in early May, and continues. Winning schools will be notified at the end of the summer term, and arrangements for presentations will then be confirmed. Becta is continuing to have discussions with government, to consider, where possible and appropriate, schools, colleges and learners can continue to benefit from the savings and support, materials and guidance, that Becta has provided. More details on how this will be realised will be made available in due course. Support from the team will continue until the end of the autumn term. Local Support Ensuring that individual LAs and CLCs are supported effectively. This includes: continuing 1-1 KiT and update meetings; meeting LA needs and helping them to achieve their priorities; trying to meet the objectives in our strategic plan, including LA strategy development. This also includes embedding LA SRF and Vision for Technology in Learning within individual LAs. Working with LAs to help them ensure that the technology agenda is embedded and sustainable post-Becta. Regional Support 1. Continuing support for Regional CLC groups, RBC meetings etc. This includes attendance at Regional CLC manager meetings, RBC management meetings. This also includes the July Regional Forums. 2. Trying to build capacity to facilitate and encourage post-Becta: sharing of good practice within regions; opportunities to work together within regions; opportunities to share skills and expertise across a region. This may include self-managed regional meetings. We will look at this is more detail during the final session of the day.
Summarises what Becta is developing in the Vision for Technology in Learning project. The part that is ready now and being used in the forums is the first bullet point (key expectations)
What is new: New website with active link to exemplification (show it) Stress that a new home will be found. The initial body of exemplification is available but there are only a few examples for some of the key expectation statements, this is being worked on and additional materials will be released over the next few weeks. Revised PDF (show it) (can take electronic copy away today)
Could talk about how this might be used by an LA to set up consultation with a group of schools etc
The school caters for children and young people from the ages of 2–19. Its pupils have needs ranging from severe autism to profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many have physical or medical conditions as well.
What is the aim of PCP (and BSF)? Is it new buildings? Both programmes have transformation of education as a key aim and link to the aims of the Children’s plan including increased personalisation and joining up of services
Nina Woodcock, Head of Capital Programmes Integrating ICT when re-modelling - planning for the future use of technology