Do surgeons get free scalpels?

26th January 2001 at 00:00
I AM a secondary science teacher. I was considering purchasing a laptop to help me improve pupil performance by closer monitoring and analysis of test and coursework results; prepare stimulating worksheets and classroom materials; locate useful websites; keep abreast of new ideas; access support material via the web from the publishers of the teaching schemes we use, the list could easily go on.

But I am not eligible to join the scheme because I do not teach maths at KS3. Looking at the ew national curriculum in KS3, there is a definite expectation that pupils are to use ICT in science. For me to use ICT effectively in the classroom, I need to "trial" the ideas at home first. Why am I (and thousands of other teachers) discriminated against?

How many surgeons are expected to supply their own operating equipment? When you attempt to attract new policemen, do you expect them to provide their own equipment?

Dr SV Kirby

3 Churchill Close Folkestone Kent

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