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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6-Step Guide to ICT Planning for Schools

Want to maximise your school tech budget but don’t know where to start?

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 19 March 2019

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Effective Data Use in Schools and Trusts

Our clients have no time to spare. They want to spend their time analysing and using their school data to improve student outcomes; not waste hours, crunching numbers and pouring over spreadsheets across several different systems.

Posted by Jan Harrison - 05 March 2019

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Schools & Trusts: rationalise your ICT and save money

In this time of shrinking school budgets, leaders are looking at where they can make cost savings without compromising education standards. ICT is an area that can often be made more efficient, saving money and resource, while still delivering what you need.

Posted by Richard Sambrook Smith - 20 February 2019

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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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