Whilst school budgets are not likely to fall within your remit in the early stages of your career, specifying and choosing resources may well fall onto your shoulders. At a time when all public sector …
Whilst school budgets are not likely to fall within your remit in the early stages of your career, specifying and choosing resources may well fall onto your shoulders. At a time when all public sector funding is squeezed, ensuring best value in ICT procurement is essential, as is making the best possible use of the resources currently available. Some sort of technical support for ICT in schools is now common, and the management of this may well form part of your role.
You reflect on the range and quality of technology available in the schools visited during your placements, making comparisons with national statistics. We consider a range of approaches to ICT hardware provision and consider some more economical approaches to ICT resourcing.
We discuss criteria for selecting ICT resources and for obtaining best value.
We look at approaches to supporting ICT in schools, and consider the role of the school network manager.
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