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"Accreditation of software"

Technology agency Becta's desire to shape educational "content", and a job ad for a post for "accreditation of software", have raised new fears among software suppliers of "kite marking". They could be right. Judges for the BETT awards have to sign "non-disclosure agreements" and will be filmed in Becta's pursuit of the magic formula for what makes good software (suggested shortcut: equip teachers to make that choice). Some question the investment for this when it could be better used in schools - something the DfES is finally achieving with its new materials and roadshows (p17).

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