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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School Exam Results: THREE ways to streamline your data

Results Day is an important time, for students and schools alike. On one hand, students will be anxious to learn if they have obtained the grades required for college and apprenticeship places, future university or job applications; on the other, schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) will need to prepare to be judged on their achievements.

Posted by Jan Harrison - 06 August 2019

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How to choose the right ICT partner for your school build project - A Novatia Note

If you’re constructing a new educational building with a robust ICT infrastructure, you will most probably require the support of an experienced ICT partner.  Not just for the ICT design elements during your bid and tender process but for the installation and delivery of the actual ICT solution.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 02 July 2019

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Should we move our ICT to be Trust-wide?

Moving from separate ICT systems, infrastructure and suppliers to a Trust-wide approach, and procuring on that basis, can be daunting.

Posted by Kara Stanford - 18 June 2019

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Data Protection Compliance – is your Academy Trust ready for an ICO audit?

One year on from the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has begun to step up its scrutiny of data protection policies and procedures at Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).  

Posted by Andrew Martin - 23 May 2019

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Data in MATs and Academies: Five steps to drive self-evaluation and improvement

Most multi-academy trusts (MATs) and academies are busy collecting, saving and crunching enormous amounts of data.  But all too often this data is unable to be turned into truly useful information.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 14 May 2019

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How to create the most effective ICT Vision for your School

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) will never replace a good teacher.  However, used correctly, it can radically transform our schools. Whilst this message isn’t a new one, it has resurfaced recently in the Education media, thanks to the launch of the DfE’s latest edtech strategy (3 April 2019).

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 25 April 2019

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Education Technology: THREE common pitfalls

All too often we see Schools & Trusts acquiring their ICT piecemeal, with no real thought about any forward planning. As industry experts, we know this can often be a costly mistake. 

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 04 April 2019

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