UK Education - how to plan your Trust and Schools' ICT

With over 15 years' experience helping UK trusts and schools to plan their ICT, we interviewed our Managing Director and Senior Consultant, Richard Sambrook Smith, for his best advice for senior leaders.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 05 February 2019

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Schools & MATs: a New Year's guide to setting ICT budgets

The New Year is upon us. Senior leaders at schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) are already looking ahead, setting their budgets for the next academic year. 

Planning the ICT spend for 2019/2020 will be particularly challenging. Technological advancements to support teaching & learning are developing at a fast pace, as are a range of innovative...

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 03 January 2019

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Hammond's £400m of "little extras": How to make the best ICT choices for your School

Let’s face it.  The Chancellor's budget-pledge offering schools a capital "bonus" to buy what he called "little extras" has left the Education sector reeling. 

In the midst of a deepening crisis in teacher recruitment, his gesture to not increase revenue funding but to provide payments of up to £50,000 for “useful” things such as “whiteboards and...

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 14 November 2018

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A fully immersive education – how can your School's ICT support this?

Immersive learning has always been important – and more and more technology is able to support this by engaging learners in a new interactive, digital environment. 

Virtual and augmented reality together with a host of other digital platforms are now fast becoming a revolutionary step in technology provision.

Posted by Jan Harrison - 18 October 2018

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School technology - is it helping or hindering your pupils' learning?

Technology can be an incredible enabler. Pupils want to be able to access the curriculum easily and quickly. They want to create and produce their own content. Digital technologies when set up well, can help them do just this. With careful implementation and investment, ICT can support and enhance pupils’ learning, as well as provide new opportunities to...

Posted by Andrew Martin - 25 September 2018

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How to get your School ready for a tech-led 'classroom revolution'

Another school year is upon us.  Once more, the use of information and communications technology (ICT) is high up there on the agenda.  The message is clear, used correctly, ICT can be a powerful tool to improve teaching & learning and reduce workload. 

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 23 August 2018

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How Best to use School Data - A Teacher's View

Jan Harrison is a Novatia Consultant, with a background in teaching.  She has recently been focusing on data and how to make it easier for schools to use it effectively.


Posted by Jan Harrison - 30 July 2018

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Cyber security: how can your School protect itself from the latest threats?

We all know that they do happen and we all hope it won’t happen to us, but cyber threats are real. It is also a fact that schools are being targeted.

Posted by Andrew Martin - 27 June 2018

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Buying ICT for your School or Trust? Follow our 6-step guide to a successful ICT procurement process

As ICT advisors to UK Education, we have assisted hundreds of school leaders over the years to achieve efficiencies, as well as best value for money, by helping them to navigate their way through the ICT procurement process. 

Posted by Alex Wood - 17 May 2018

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How successful MATs use ICT strategically to support and drive growth

‘Great leadership’ and ‘coherence of vision’ are vital if you want to run an effective and sustainable multi-academy trust (MAT).  These are the key findings of a recent report (April 2018) from education charity, Ambition School Leadership, using input from 40 MAT CEOs as well as surveys from staff at 22 MATs. 

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 30 April 2018

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