The head of a school designed to lead the way in technology use has criticised IT spending and admitted to suffering lots of problems with its networks, Times Online has reported. Bristol Brunel Academy – a flagship school for the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme – has a wireless system that is yet to work properly, teachers still taking registers on paper because of problems with swipe cards and unreliable fingerprint recognition systems. Armando Di-Finzio, the school’s headteacher, said millions were being wasted on technology in schools, with his school suffering continuing technical difficulties. “The school was designed to be completely wireless but I have yet to see a school where wireless works well,” he said at the Westminster Education Forum. “We have been told that we have one of the most powerful systems in the country, but it is still not enough. We keep being told that lots of lessons have been learnt. We have had to beef it up out of our own budget.”

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