Two jeers and three cheers

7th April 2000 at 01:00
YOUR Laptop For Every Teacher campaign is timely. Access to these powerful tools is extraordinarily arbitrary.

Two years ago I was the recipient of a laptop from the British Education Communications and Technology Agency. Uninterrupted access to this machine has given me considerable competence in applying it to my work as a deputy headteacher.

I will shortly take up a new post but my machine stays ehind. Had I taken up my new post before the end of 1999 I would have been assured a replacement. Similarly, if my new school were a little smaller, I would have been entitled to one.

If headteachers needed laptops in 1999 what changed as we entered the new millennium? If headteachers with 60 pupils need them why not those with 100?

Tim Heath

Charter school

Chippenham, Wiltshire

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