Publications;Book on CD-Rom
Is it a good idea? Much depends on the user's mind-set. Many will not be entirely convinced by the disc's extra flexibility. Others - perhaps those who already see the computer as the focus of their office work - will value the opportunity to include it in the range of software that fashions their working environment.
The book itself is comprehensive, with chapters by a range of specialist contributors on all the usual management issues including finance, relationships with governors, staff development, SEN, health and safety, ICT and discipline. A newcomer to the world of school management books pops up in the form of a chapter by the late Bill Tagg on "How to bid for funds". This contains a warning about going for money just because it is there. "Before starting, schools must decide whether to be involved. A good question to ask is if the project achieves its aims, would we be happy to see the proposed exercise continue in the school once funding has ceased? If the answer is not an unqualified 'yes' then go no further."
However, the opposite point of view would say, "If there's money to be had, never mind what it's for, let's go after it. We can work the rest out later." Veterans of the fondly remembered TVEI initiative will know which of these strategies to use.
Published by Tagg Oram Partnership, The Chequers, 28 Whitehorse Street, Baldock, Herts SG7 6QQ.