Time to start thinking strategically about your school’s ICT

Many schools and MATs have been getting by, devising ICT plans and approaches as they go along, adding different elements as they are needed. Often, it's an approach born out of necessity and a desire to get results quickly. However, in the long-term it leads to chaos and confusion as differing platforms and applications all jostle and wrestle each other.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 21 June 2017

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Are you drowning in School data? If so, here's how to gain control...

Data. In theory, all the data that you collect and hold should be helping you to improve the educational experience and outcomes of your pupils.  However, as we all know, that doesn’t always happen. The reality can be far different.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 06 June 2017

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Novatia awarded place on G-Cloud 9 Framework for Questa

Novatia has been awarded a place on the CCS G-Cloud 9 (Cloud software) Framework for Questa, our innovative management information system for senior leaders of Multi Academy Trust and their schools.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 24 May 2017

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Protecting your schools and trusts from cyber-attacks

As we all know, a massive cyber-attack has disrupted services across the world.

Over 72 hours since the first attack became public, we should have all been taking the following procedures to ensure our immediate protection:

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 16 May 2017

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Novatia shortlisted for BETT 2017 Education Technology Award

Novatia has been shortlisted for a Bett 2017 industry award for Questa, the company’s new premier analytics service for multi-academy trusts (MATs) and their schools.

The Bett Awards are an integral part of the UK’s Bett Show (25-28 January 2017), the world’s leading showcase of education technology.  The awards celebrate both innovation in digital...

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 09 November 2016

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The Crisis in Teacher Supply - are MATs making the most of their resources?

TES highlighted once more this week (14 June 2016) the mounting concern amongst School and Trust leaders surrounding teacher shortages, especially in some STEM subjects. 

Their comments followed the recent publication of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report Training New Teachers (10 June 2016), alongside a previous report by the National Audit...

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 15 June 2016

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The Most Effective Way to Build a Premier League Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)

What a week this has been for the Education sector! Firstly George Osborne identifies Education as a key area of priority in his 2016 Budget, announcing  all schools will have to become academies by 2022; then today (17 March) Nicky Morgan reveals her white paper for Education (the first since 2010) to driveEducational Excellence Everywhere ”.

Posted by Lin Burrows - 21 March 2016

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Why successful MATs make ICT a priority from the Start

ICT may not be the first thing on your mind when you set about creating a multi-academy trust (MAT). Understandably, other things may seem more important, such as leadership, school performance, staffing and buildings. However, can you really afford NOT to put ICT first from the onset?

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 21 March 2016

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ICT for Multi-Academy Trusts

Government policy has placed the improvement and growth of the schooling system in England into the hands of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) – others have a role to play, but Trusts will need to be the focus of growth and improvement. There will need to be more of them and the ones that exist currently in 2015 will need to grow – otherwise the 1000 new...

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 05 February 2016

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Data - Are we using data to the full?

Schools can collect an inordinate amount of data about their students (and staff). But is this data being used to improve learning outcomes or just to ‘tick the box’ for the regular census returns?

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 12 December 2015

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