As one of the designers of the BESD system, I'm a little surprised by
BECTa's response. BESD is publisher-maintained; you should be able to
register as a software publisher and enter details of your software
package directly into BESD, for review by BECTa. As a part of the data
entry process, you will be expected to link your package to curriculum
topics and Key Stages that it addresses. If you can't do that I'd expect
BECTa to resist publishing your data, of course. My surprise is that
BECTa didn't explain this to you.
It is of course possible that gcompris is a type of educational software
that doesn't fit BESD's model of the universe -- although software of
general applicability *can* be represented in the database.
So, perhaps you asked the wrong question? Try asking to register as a
On Wed, 29 May 2002, Chris Puttick wrote:
Teachers in the UK are being expected to do less and
less work by
government. As your package does not fit neatly into the UK national
curriculum (i.e. you haven't pre-defined for them what the package does in
NC terms), they're not (with some notable exceptions) going to be
interested. Given the position of BECTa,they really should take the time to
evaluate these packages, but don't.
Has anyone had something excepted? My contributions were also turned down. I
will be raising the issue with BECTa, but an ex-BECTa employee now employed
by RedHat may be of more assistance in this area, as I do not know who to
I forwarded your exchange to a UK based list that may have people better
placed to define gcompris in NC terms.
From: Bruno Coudoin
Sent: 5/29/02 1:31 PM
Subject: [school-discuss] Becta feedback
I asked BECTA to include gcompris in their database.
They refused and I don't understand why.
Could somebody explain me why, below is the trace of our email exchange.
Thanks in advance,
Many thanks for your recent message regarding an entry on the Becta
Educational Software Database.
In order to meet the criteria of the Becta Educational Software
do ask that any materials referenced through the service are not just
relevant to subjects studied in the UK, but that they are also
for the English National Curriculum. Therefore unfortunately we are
to include this product on BESD.
Becta Educational Sofware Database Team
From: Bruno Coudoin [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 28 May 2002 14:07
Subject: RE: gcompris proposal
I am french and not a teacher neither part of the french
system so I can't give you any cross
reference between gcompris
What I can tell you is that in france, gcompris is used in
what is called Cycle 2 which is about 5, 6 and 7 years old.
Gcompris includes a large number of activities and you can also
yourself how suitable it may be for your organisation.
For My official contact information, I am M. Bruno Coudoin, my
adress is 6:
Rue des Amandiers 31700 Blagnac France.
Thanks for your time evaluating gcompris.
Also, please consider that as a free software, gcompris can be
by your organisation itself or by asking a third party software
engineering company with no license cost. You can also ask me
changes and improvement but since it is a
non paid project, it
Le mar 28/05/2002 à 11:53, besd a écrit :
Many thanks for your recent enquiry regarding the Becta
Database (BESD - http://besd.becta.org.uk
BESD aims to provide an independent, comprehensive on-line
educational software for the schools market. The
roles of the National Grid for Learning (NGfL -
> the Virtual Teacher Centre (VTC - http://vtc.ngfl.gov.uk
signposting service to web based content and
provides a mechanism for teachers and support
> curriculum-based software which can be purchased on disk, CD
or DVD ROM,
> or downloaded from the web. Subscription on-line services
access is required for use are not included. Can
inform us what
> National Curriculum subjects your software covers, and supply
Becta Educational Software Database team
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruno Coudoin [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: 27 May 2002 18:21
> To: besd(a)becta.org.uk
> Subject: gcompris proposal
> I am the author of gcompris
> This is a freeware education application (Under the GPL
> > Please, consider including it in your database.
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Bruno.