I have been thinking about this, if the schools are given software by the ministry will they want to use it, I realise that we have XP and office installed, but we have visual studio.NET, yet we don't use it, I instead found the express editions good enough and small enough for students to use and handle, plus they get it at home for free. Should the schools be
given the dreamspark software, or made aware that it exists and this is what they should do to access it, it then puts some ownership on the teachers and the schools, rather than the ministry has provided the software.
I am now also waiting to hear back from microsoft whether I can download the software and keep it on our own servers at school for the students to copy from rather than using up there own internet traffic caps. Which some only have a 1 gig cap a month