The Streetly School Presentation


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Here is Billy Downie’s presentation from The National Learning Platforms Conference.

Billy spoke in the Discover session ‘How to realise some quick and fundamental resource savings’.

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The Streetly School Presentation

  1. 1. How to realise some quick and fundamental resource savings<br />Billy Downie – Headteacher, The Streetly School<br />
  2. 2. The National Context<br />
  3. 3. The Streetly Context<br />2008 – 2010<br />5 Cover Supervisors (5 x £20k pa)<br />Staff absence – Average to Below Average<br />Cover Budget 2009-2010 - £75k (Actual Spend - £41k)<br />Cover Budget 2008-2009 - £95k (Actual Spend - £40k)<br />Including Maternity<br />Total (2009 – 2010) = £141k <br />2010-2011<br />2 Cover Supervisors (2 x 20k)<br />Staff Absence (Below average – mainly long term/Maternity)<br />Cover Budget 2010-2011 – £40k (Actual Spend £42k)<br />Including Maternity<br />Total £82k<br />Savings = £59k<br />
  4. 4. The Solution<br />The “Frog” Room<br />
  5. 5. What is “The Frog Room”?<br />Previously a split level classroom/drama space?<br />11metres x 12 Metres(132m2)<br />Only slightly bigger than an average classroom<br />Now 1 large IT suite<br />80 machines = £32k<br />Benching/Wiring/Furniture/Aircon = £23k<br />Total cost = £55k<br />
  6. 6. Frog Room Layout<br />
  7. 7. The Geeky Bit<br />2 x Dell Servers. Currently hosting 80 machines, but scalable up to 100-120 Thin Clients depending on client usage<br />iGEL Thin Clients. Very low power devices.<br />All programs are run on the servers, the Thin Client simply processes the Keyboard, Mouse and image updates. <br />
  8. 8. Benefits of Thin Client<br />Very low power consumption<br />80 Thin Client PCs (15 Watts) @ 10 per KW/hr. 7 Hours per day x 190 school days = £159.60<br />Server Power (2 x Servers @ 350 Watts x 24 Hours x 365 Days = £613.20 = . Total £772.80 <br />80 Normal PCs (100 Watts) @ 10p per KWhr. 7 Hours per day x 190 school days = £1,064<br />Low heat output from machines. Even with 80 machines heat is comparable to a normal computer suite with 30 Computers.<br />It’s cheap! Works out at about £400 per device and should last 5 years.<br />With the necessary licensing the same servers can provide remote access during non-school times to students/staff, utilising the same hardware saving further costs.<br />Low maintenance costs. No moving components reduce the chances of them breaking.<br />Silent. Again no moving components means no noise.<br />
  9. 9. How do we staff it?<br />Cover Supervisors<br />Senior Leadership<br />Staff under allocation<br />
  10. 10. Where does Frog fit in?<br />All cover lesson work set on Frog<br />Routine is very clear (Come in – Sit down – Log on – Log on – Check Assignments – Continue Learning)<br />Wide variety of tasks assigned from whole lessons to “Quick assign”<br />All planned absences are advised to set work on Frog<br />Some unplanned absences can/do do this also<br />
  11. 11. Benefits (Apart from the £60k)<br />Less cover <br />Easily meets “Rarely Cover” guidance<br />Considerably more flexibility for the Cover Secretary<br />Easier to “get students working”<br />Maintains connection with learning<br />Facilitates LOSC work setting<br />Creates far less disruption than lessons with supply teachers<br />Students prefer it<br />Most staff prefer it.<br />
  12. 12. Future Plans<br />Even greater use of Frog to set more complex tasks<br />Closer link to the PEP regarding work completed in a cover lesson<br />The Frog Room Mk II?<br />