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.
Planning a clear and decisive ICT Vision can bring rich rewards for schools and MATs. Not just cost savings but also significantly improving student outcomes as well.
So, if you want to start thinking about ICT strategically, where do you start?
Here are the six areas we always recommend our clients' ICT Strategies cover:
1. ICT: An effective tool for teaching
Ensure there is a clear understanding of what you want to achieve in the classroom and how you want it to impact on teaching and learning, so right ICT choices are made.
2. ICT: An accessible opportunity for learning
Make sure the correct kit/software is available wherever, whenever it is needed, and that the tools that are being used are intuitive and engaging.
3. ICT: Making effective use of resources
Use whatever technology is available to its fullest potential. Also ensure the suite of available tools is coherent and cohesive so everything works together for a seamless experience. This way you will get value for money out of any outlay and not spend more than is necessary.
4. ICT: Planned and led strategically
Develop an ICT vision that you can realistically set strategic goals towards. This is also about having the right people in place to drive the plan forward; ideally someone with a big-picture-overview.
5. ICT: Managed and supported professionally
Put the right team in place, with the right structure and clearly defined responsibilities and appropriate technical skills so they are able to provide timely support to the entire school.
6. ICT: Connecting the whole school community
Ensure that technology is enabling effective communications, from the sharing of information between staff in school, to sharing information with parents. It could also be about providing a relevant audience for pupil work.
And one final tip...
For many schools and MATS the journey to developing a clear ICT Vision and strategic goals begins with an analysis of their current state. This includes a strategic review, Governance review, ICT in Teaching and Learning Health Check, a technical audit and an operational health check. Once you know where you are starting from, you can then assess the size of the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
For more detailed advice about developing an ICT Vision and Strategy for MATs and Schools, please download a copy of the Novatia Note 4 by clicking on the button below.