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BECTA's loss is not just a technological one.

I understand that the Government has inherited a huge budget deficit and that savings have to be made but I really feel that the unfair elimination of BECTA will have a huge impact upon the life chances of our children and their ability to support and develop the economy of this country in what will be a very competitive and technology dependent future.

At a time when schools were beginning to question the Victorian premis on which they were originally built, ie get as many children in one room being quiet and facing the front whilst the all powerful teacher delivers their pearls of wisdom; it seems the political tide is again turning and asking educators to switch their thinking again.

Schools that questioned their Victorian legacy were looking at a variety of structures and strategies to move towards more personalised learning and technology has been a major mover in this shift.

The mobile learning agenda, learning platforms, and other innovative uses of technology promoted by BECTA have supported the move towards a personalised curriculum aided by the parental engagement work BECTA have initiated.

Given that only 30% of schools are currently using technology effectively, that understanding of the available technology will be a critical in its use and creative development in the future, that the engagement of pupils and parents will be affected, resulting in poorer engagement with learning, I believe that we stand to lose more than what is unfortunately termed "a dispensable quango."

Unfortunately the impact of losing BECTA on all of the above will only be felt when it is too late.

I honestly don't believe we can afford to lose the expertise of this important teaching and learning body, least of all when we try to recover from a worldwide recession.

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