With possibly as much as £100 million already spent, success appears elusive for Scotland's national education network
Representatives of Scottish local authorities are today (Wednesday) likely to consider a call for a moratorium on the development of Glow Plus. the latest version of Glow, Scotland's national network for education. The call came in a second highly critical blog post from educator Jaye Richards-Hill, "Questions need answers – more Glow woes for Education Scotland".
The new post says that the transfer of the former network to a new technology based on Microsoft's Office365 is "in complete disarray". The IT contractor is RM, which has already been paid more than £50 million for its work on Glow (the total cost to Scottish taxpayers is estimated at around £100 million).
Jaye Richards-Hill's latest post came just 24 hours before today's meeting of the Glow Key Contacts group at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow, a key education event. This group is made up of representatives from Scotland's 32 local authorities and is a conduit for information about Glow to schools and teachers from Education Scotland. It can also raise issues with Education Scotland. The latest revelations are certain to be a point of discussion along with the call for a moratorium.
Today's instalment on Jaye Richards-Hill's blog, Mimanifesto, reports feedback from "exasperated" Scottish local authorities. It also links to a blistering blog post by Charlie Love, a well respected Scottish educational technologist and creator of Glew, an impressive and popular portal which could have been incorporated into Glow Plus free of charge.
Charlie Love's post is an extremely worrying analysis of the progress of Glow Plus - or lack of it - since the last time politicians were asked to act, in 2013. In the conclusion to his article, "Glowing pains and migration", he says, "Overall with the current migration issues and questions of the future, perhaps we need to think of Glow as a car that has failed it’s MOT and will require many hours of work and thousands of pounds to fix. No-one wants to ride in our old car anymore. There is very little in the trunk of the old car that we need to take with us on our new journey. Perhaps, it’s time to buy a new car and stop worrying about the legacy of the old one (or maybe just keep this one running long enough to get the new car!)."