ICT Procurement - a strategic approach to achieve efficiencies

You’ve carried out a strategic ICT Audit and Review. It’s identified a need for new technology, or you’ve discovered how rationalising the operational delivery of your ICT would bring efficiencies across your Trust. Now, it's time to procure and you need to ensure you get best value for money. But how? Is your organisation set up to run an effective ICT...

Posted by Alex Wood - 29 July 2020

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Strategic ICT Audits & Reviews - Now: the right time for an ICT appraisal

The current pandemic meant that most MATs and schools had to very quickly implement ICT Projects. We’ve been discussing with some of our clients, leaders in MATs, how while these projects were implemented at impressive speed and they ‘function’, they’re concerned they could be storing up problems for the future. Whether it’s that the setup wasn’t correct...

Posted by Andrew Martin - 11 July 2020

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ICT Projects: Implementing an ICT project during and beyond a crisis – an IT Directors advice

The last few months have been testing for many MAT and School ICT Directors. They’ve had to implement ICT initiatives at a moment’s notice without knowing how long these initiatives are for or what the future brings. But: what next? How can your MAT ensure these initiatives are in line with the ICT Strategy? How can any future ICT projects be made part...

Posted by Andy Waring - 15 June 2020

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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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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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