#BETTChat archive 1st November 2011

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 1st November 2011)

@BETT_show BETT

Welcome to #BETTChat. Following IFS report into school budgets, are falling budgets and low resources a concern for teaching standards?

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat It might “feel” like budgets are falling but in schools they aren’t. Education is the only protected department with flat funding

@helendaykin Helen Daykin

RT @russellprue: #BETTChat Starting in a few mins, great topic today from @whizzProf are falling budgets a concern for teaching standards?

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat Big change in psychology needed as we move from many funding streams to just one for everything – rainy day savings?

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat Maybe things will ease in Jan/Mar as we approach new funding round and schools relax spending controls? Views?

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat @grumbledook Absolutely true, but for every loser, there is a winner when funding is flat – but winners don’t advertise that fact!

@grumbledook Tony Sheppard

@jwellsatguroo #bettchat even the winners I have spoken with are not big winners, with concerns about future funds.

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat Important – this year is a one year funding cycle – maybe next year we’ll get a 2 year cycle which will provide more surety?

@WhizzProf The Whizz Prof

@BETT_show Thank you for choosing our topic #Bettchat. There are resources out there that are worth the investment. It isn’t necessarily

@WhizzProf The Whizz Prof

What schools are spending, but more how they are spending it. #Bettchat

@ParentMail ParentMail

@WhizzProf We agree- schools need make the most of investments, and this isn’t just limited to classroom resources. #BETTChat

@grumbledook Tony Sheppard

#Bettchat School are now having to plan better and put in contingency plans to cover any gaps, the same as they do for buildings

@contactgroup Contact Group

In light of budget cuts, schools must ensure ICT provides value for money to enable a high level of service at lower cost #BETTChat

@grumbledook Tony Sheppard

#Bettchat I still recommend the old Becta investment planner to help schools plan their refresh of IT kit / resources.

@contactgroup Contact Group

@WhizzProf If schools are low on resources, they should consider alternative solutions, such as technology, to save time and money #BETTChat

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat @grumbledook You’ve nailed it, schools are nervous about spending it all – “spare money” is being salted away for “boiler repairs”

@grumbledook Tony Sheppard

@jwellsatguroo #Bettchat sometimes it is not about squirreling money away, but having alternative plans. If no money to refresh …

@eInstruction_uk eInstruction EMEA EU

Are schools exploring the potential of cross-curricular resources? There is a lot of info out there on how to do this. #BETTChat

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat This term is probably the worst I can remember for getting new commitments in 25 years – but it *WILL* get better

@grumbledook Tony Sheppard

@jwellsatguroo #Bettchat then you look at how to make the most of what you have. Invest more smartly.

@contactgroup Contact Group

Technology can free valuable school staff from administrative burdens, enabling them to use their time more effectively #BETTChat

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

@grumbledook #BETTChat A valid decision is also to delay the decision and I fear this is what’s happening now – that WILL change -but soon?

@SueC4AUK Sue Boxall

#bettchat IT budget holders need to work closely with SBM to form a rolling program of upgrade & replace to get best from budget available

@Serco_Learning Serco Learning

Serco were a founding sponsor of the @BLOODHOUND_SSC project and believed in their vision to offer free STEM resources to schools #BETTChat

@contactgroup Contact Group

Implementing appropriate solutions can save schools thousands of pounds on phone and admin costs #BETTChat

@Serco_Learning Serco Learning

Through a shift towards hosted solutions schools can achieve a dramatic 40% cost saving #BETTChat

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

@Serco_Learning #BETTChat Offering free resources is hardly a valid solution for a vibrant UK software industry though.

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTChat Maybe the biggest opportunity is reflecting the Governments wish to move to a more “traditional” curriculum?

@MrWickensPE Ross Wickens

#BETTChat Schools are sometimes to cautious about investing in new elearning platforms. The unknown scares them!

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

Schools struggle to see cost savings in areas other than staffing & resources. They don’t always see time as a way to cost save. #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

Paging New Subject, New Subject #BETTChat this one’s too depressing, Spending is Slow – So what are we going to do about it if anything?

@BETT_show BETT

#BETTChat – are there any teachers out there that can offer some real life examples of how they’re succeeding with limited resources?

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

#BETTCHAT – agreed how about if you could invent a new subject/qualification what would it be? Who would it be for?

@SkoogMusic SkoogMusic

@BETT_show #BETTChat search for Music at BETT 2012 and only 15 entries! what the ? Creativity no longer important?

@Serco_Learning Serco Learning

@BLOODHOUND_SSC is all about motivating students in traditional subjects by making ground-breaking research available to schools #BETTChat

@ParentMail ParentMail

Great from @besatweet research: 49% primary & 33% secondary schools plan to maintain/increase planned ICT investments for 2011/12. #BETTChat

@MrWickensPE Ross Wickens

@BETT_show Use of online resources. Taking advantage of google docs, social media and YouTube etc. #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

@SkoogMusic #BETTChat you have current gov policy to blame for that, Kings & Queens and Phonics. I am concerned too, The Arts are vital

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

Technology can help schools save money on paper, printing, postage etc #BETTChat

@BETT_show BETT

Thanks to everyone who took part in this week’s #BETTChat. Don’t forget to suggest a topic for the same time next week!

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