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Question Don’t answer emails outside office hours’, education secretary tells teachers

8 months 3 weeks ago #41185 by TecHKnow

The government will spend £10 million supporting the use of education technology in schools, Damian Hinds recently announced (Jan 19), as he urges teachers not to respond to emails outside office hours. Speaking at the Bett Show in London, the education secretary will urge schools to “make smarter use of technology” to ensure it doesn’t add to teachers’ responsibilities.

A survey last year found half of teachers answered their emails during the Christmas holidays, and teachers increasingly warn of out-of-hours demands from schools and parents.

Read this article here..[Schools Week https://schoolsweek.co.uk/dont-answer-emails-outside-office-hours-education-secretary-tells-teachers/]

if that is the case then as over worked School Science Technicians, maybe we should stop servicing late requests or perhaps not answer the texts and emails sent to our mobile phones. 

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8 months 3 weeks ago #41186 by bsimmo
Why would you, as a technician, look at your work email when you are not at work.
and nobody would text me to ask for anything work related (it's not a work phone).
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8 months 3 weeks ago #41187 by Cookaburra
I have looked at my emails from home at the weekend before now, often to make sure nobody had put in a last minute request for a red cabbage or something.

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8 months 3 weeks ago #41188 by Leigh Preece
I don't nor do I have any work email app on my phone. Texts the same - any sent get a very stern moaning at on Monday. Emergencies obviously acceptable as I'm on H&S documentation as a contact.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

Albert Einstein
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8 months 3 weeks ago #41192 by AndyG
Last time I send an email from work on Boxing Day or New Year's Day then.
Haven't sent one on Christmas Day yet but there's always time ... :-)
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8 months 2 weeks ago #41199 by bsimmo
You see for this, I would find out on Monday morning and it's just tough, they should order earlier.
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8 months 2 weeks ago #41202 by prep_room_boy
Best one was a text to my mobile (they had my number after we had been on a school trip together).

It was a picture of a post-it note they had stuck on my school computer after I had left on Friday, a request for first lesson Monday.

They didn't get the practical, and their number was blocked.

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8 months 2 weeks ago #41203 by Kasey
"The government will spend £10 million supporting the use of education technology in schools"

So, how far does he think £10 million will go?

New staff, new computers, new iPads?

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8 months 2 weeks ago #41204 by AndyG
For "New education technology"
read
"yet another half baked idea to replace decent teachers and support with a piece of useless electronics"

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8 months 2 weeks ago - 8 months 2 weeks ago #41205 by bsimmo

Kasey wrote: "The government will spend £10 million supporting the use of education technology in schools"

So, how far does he think £10 million will go?

New staff, new computers, new iPads?

~20000 primary and 4000 secondary school
that's £312k per school, though I assume secondary will get the bigger share as they're larger.
That's two early career teachers for 5 years at each place ?
or 2 or 3 support staff for 10 years ?
ignoring actual hardware and software ;-)
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oops error, I blame the School Education technology budget and lack of calculators.
Which is about all the budget actually allows for
(see post after this)

I don't get that, Education Technology, is not the same as office and work technology to me, the emails and things he is then talking about.
Education Technology is new teaching gadget and stuff.
Given a large set of state schools near me cannot get Windows7 (it's at end of life! for this OS) working properly for teachers and staff and as far as I know have no money to update the system still and the kids cannot run computing lessons properly as they cannot actually be setup to work as the teacher wants. It's way to locked down like most school (i big grumble from many groups outside about most schools who would like to help in the teaching and getting technology and just the internet used).
Unfortunately IT is complicated and and rapidly changes with no centralise 'school' setup and IT support but instead each place having it own little ways with a couple of low paid IT technicians. It's never going to work.



and compared to the investment to try and get Computer Science teaching going, it's pitiful.

I am delighted to share some big news today. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is part of a consortium that has secured over £78 million in government funding to make sure every child in every school in England has access to a world-leading computing education.

National Centre for Computing Education
Working with our partners, STEM Learning and the British Computer Society, we will establish a new National Centre for Computing Education, and deliver a comprehensive programme of support for computing teachers in primary and secondary schools. This will include resources, training, research, certification, and more.

A teacher works at a computer, smiling delightedly. Another adult, standing in the background, observes. national centre for computing education

All of the online resources and courses will be completely free for anyone to use. Face-to-face training will be available at no cost to teachers in priority schools, and at very low cost to teachers in other schools. We will also provide bursaries to ensure that schools can release teachers to take part in professional development.

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8 months 2 weeks ago #41207 by AndyG

~20000 primary and 4000 secondary school
that's £312k per school,


Not sure I get that - 24000 schools is just over £400 per school. If it's just secondary it's £2.5k per school.

If the total funding pot was for individual school resources, it means that each school would be working with one class set of Raspberry Pi. However, given that materials and resources are to be produced centrally from that funding, it means that there will be resources but virtually no money for schools to buy hardware to implement it ...

As I said it's half baked - either fund it or don't, half funding helps nobody.

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8 months 2 weeks ago - 8 months 2 weeks ago #41215 by bsimmo
because I messed it up, I did think it seemed a lot.
I used 32113 (the actual number of schools in uk), that's where the 312 comes from ,but no the 'k'
I typed that, came back and then continued, oops.

Basically it's about £1 per pupil.
Also of note, on average senior schools get 4.5x a primary school (~ £1M per primary & £4.5M per senior)


At least you know that £10 Billion doesn't stretch very far ;-)


Nice states link here with gov.ukdata www.besa.org.uk/key-uk-education-statistics/


(So at least schools maybe able to budget for some better calculators ;-) )

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