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Micros in Schools Scheme


John Simkin
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Richard Fothergill has been killed in a coach crash in Jordan. In 1980 the Department of Trade and Industry launched its Micros in Schools Scheme (it provided 50% funding for the first personal computer in each school). To help facilitate these scheme the Microelectronics Education Programme (MEP) was established. Fothergill was placed in charge of MEP and ran it from 1980-86. Fothergill was therefore a key figure in the development of the curriculum software needed to make the scheme work. He also played an important role in the teacher education programme organized by MEP. He was also head of the National Council for Educational Technology (1986-87).

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That's sad news! I heard him speak a couple of times at conferences during the 1980s. The MEP was a good initiative in many respects. It developed out of the CET (Council for Educational Technology), didn't it? The CET was the forerunner of MESU (Microlectronics Education Support Unit), which then became NCET, which then became BECTA.

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