It would seem that the BSF choice to make schools decide how they will use ICT in 10 years time has not really led to impressive transformed learning…yet. (http://www.agent4change.net/policy/bsfpcp/586-ict-fares-well-in-bsf-review-but-no-transformation.html) The BSF managed services I have seen do not seem able to respond to the individual needs and choices of every school. The idea that one size fits all is not great. It seems strange that ICT can be considered as something that schools are not allowed to manage and yet still remain responsible for all other aspects of learning.
Much of the great developments in ICT have come from schools and rarely from businesses. I appreciate there have been schools with no idea and tremendous wastage but the money that was wasted was to businesses providing inappropriate equipment or advice. Isn’t this what is now happening by handing the whole provision over to businesses?