Data Management: Five steps to overcome five key data challenges

Multi Academy Trust (MAT) leaders should be able to easily and quickly pull together and analyse key data across their Trust and Schools.

Here we explore why the reality is often different by examining the key challenges MATs face with Data Management and Reporting and what steps a MAT leader can take to improve the situation.

Posted by Jan Harrison - 03 May 2020

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Achieving ICT excellence for schools through partnerships with Construction Contractors

No matter what your role and involvement is in a new school build, you want to know that the build is well planned, goes smoothly and is ready for handover, on time and on budget.

Posted by Jim Shelston - 07 April 2020

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Working from home for the first time?

COVID-19 is causing disruption. More and more people are being advised to work from home where possible and you may be wondering how you can make it work. Alexandra Wood, who has worked from home over the last 20 years and is Novatia’s Operations Director shares how she gets the most out of working from home.

Posted by Alex Wood - 18 March 2020

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Data: how to make it work for your MAT – the Data Audit

Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) and schools have a plethora of data, so why aren’t they all able to use it effectively? And how can they turn this around?  

Posted by Andrew Martin - 02 March 2020

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How to set your MAT's ICT Budget

The subject of ICT Budgets comes up frequently with our clients. Setting the ICT spend never seems to be straight-forward. Costly mistakes can be made. It's often wise to seek advice.

Posted by Andy Waring - 04 February 2020

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Buying School ICT - how to achieve the best cost savings

As 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 to steer them strategically through the ICT procurement process. 

Posted by Alex Wood - 07 January 2020

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Starting to think about next year's ICT Budget? Read this first ...

Planning and managing School ICT budgets can be particularly challenging. Technology is advancing at a lightening pace and is a major part of every aspect of school life. Funds are always tight. It's become increasingly important to do more with less. Decisions need to be made wisely.

Posted by Alex Wood - 03 December 2019

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Implementing ICT Strategic Plans in MATs - An IT Director's View

You've had your ICT Audit and Review, you've created your ICT Strategic Plan - now you need to implement it across your multi-academy trust (MAT).  Sounds easy, doesn't it?  But if it's that easy, why is it rarely done and done well?

Posted by Andy Waring - 01 November 2019

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National Data Benchmarking for Schools & MATs - what you need to know

The Department for Education (DfE) has kicked off its publication of 2019 performance tables this autumn (17 October 2019) with provisional accountability measures for secondary schools in England. More national data sets are due to follow in December, January and March.

Posted by Jan Harrison - 01 October 2019

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ICT Audits & Reviews in Schools and Trusts - why bother?

We meet many school and MAT leaders who want to improve their ICT, make it more effective, and ensure it really does help them achieve their strategic goals.

The first step to achieve this is knowing what you already have and how well it’s working i.e. doing an ICT Audit and Review.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 02 September 2019

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