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Microelectronics Education Programme

 

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Formation - People - Reports and Plans - Timeline - Major Projects

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Formation

In the light of considerable interest in the newly devolping microlectronics industry, in 1977 the Prime Minister Jim Callaghan, is reported to have asked each government department to draw up an action plan to meet the challenge of these new technologies. The DES developed with advice from CET a £12M programme. This was delayed by the change of government in 1979 but Keith Joseph as Education Secretary finally approved it in 1980 and in March a four-year programme for schools, costing £9 million. was announced by the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education and Science, Mr Neil MacFarlane (Fothergill, 1981, p.132).

During the firat year the DES spent about a million pounds funding a range of national projects mainly focussed on developing educational programs for the range of microcomputers.

The DES appointed a Director, Richard Fothergill who took up post in January 1981. MEP was financed by the DES in consultation with an advisory committee, through plans developed by the Programme's Director and his small central staff. CET provided the administrative services and dispensed the funds, but on the instructions of the DES.

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Central Team

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Timeline

 

1978

Council for Educational Technology advise the DES to launch projects to exploit microelectronics at all levels of education (Fothergill, 1988, p.28).

1979

(March 6th) DES announce five year programme funded at £12M (Fothergill, 1988, p.28). Election in June of new government under Mrs Thatcher puts plans on hold.

1980

(March 4th) Minister of State Neil McFarlane announces £9M programme over four years.

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Major Projects

Five Ways Birmingham

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ITMA

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Computers in the Curriculum

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Special Educational Needs and the Semercs

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Primary Project

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References

Boyd-Barrett, O. (1990) 'Schools' computing policy as state-directed innovation', Educational Studies Vol. 16, No.2. pp. 169-186. 

 

 


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