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Bett 2017

The time of BETT is on us. After a years hiatus, I am back for three days to take in the huge extent of the UKs largest Education IT show. For many, BETT is a vital part of the year, allowing people to meet up, attend various events, or just Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago
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2017 Goals

Well, it’s a new year, and having read countless posts on facebook each starting with the phrase: “2016 has had its ups and downs” I wanted to look at some professional goals and some technical things to look for over the next year. All that is made a lot easier Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago
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Leading out first TED day

Thursday was an important day. I’d been telling my team this for a couple of months. But in a short term where we have battled staff unexpectedly leaving, unbelievable pressure, our highest ever ticket numbers and organising the biggest network rebuild we have ever done in the biggest middle school Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago
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Budgets, or the lack of…

For lots of schools budgets are being squeezed like never before. IT expenditure, like all departments are being cut, in some cases obliterated and in some cases were never a lot to start with. The thing is, you don’t have to spend all your budget on new kit, on new Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago
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Tools of the trade

I have been trying to work out how we are going to keep in touch with people off on 4 different sites a day if not more and the logistics of not missing issues across 8 sites now. It’s so important we continue to work as a team. This is Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago
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Moving day

When I turned up at my latest school I was shown to a cupboard, which housed the central switch, stock, spares and paperwork and all the servers. No desk, and no space for a computer. No air con. I had seen it briefly on the walk around, and hadn’t thought Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago
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Stop. Collaborate and listen.

I’ve been following reaction to a blog post on Twitter, by Mark Anderson the problem with technicians (@ictevangalist) http://ictevangelist.com/the-problem-with-technicians/ and a subsequent follow up from @jonwitts http://www.jonwitts.co.uk/archives/760 in defence of technicians. Mark’s post describes the infuriation of teaching for staff when IT seemingly block their desire to embrace new technology. Jon Read more…

By Matt Setchell, ago