Despite being technically literate, the school network manager treats me like an imbecile. I'm trying to implement A Level Media Studies at my school and my efforts are continually frustrated. The specification states clearly what facilities we must have and I have taken advice from the board and from centres with thriving Media departments, but all are rejected as he knows best. At the end of the day, I just want what's best for my students, but I am really not convinced that he knows what that is, or that he cares. I'm sick of dealing with his ego! The Head is so ICT illiterate, he won't get involved, and the DOS just sides with the network manager and won't even hear me out. I'm not allowed macs as our network is PC but I'm digging my heels in because I want to use Adobe CS as it's industry standard and I believe passionately in the vocational aspect of Media Studies, but I'm being told I have to use Paint Shop Pro. I want to use In Design and I'm being told we already have Microsoft Publisher!! I could go on, but I might explode. Any tips for how to deal with this? It seems to me that the Network Manager is protecting his patch and this is about his ego, not T&L. Of course, it doesn't help that I am the only woman on the ICT committee.