We’ve now reached the final part of the blog serialisation of our Ofsted ICT in education eBook. Chapter five looks at The Quality of leadership in, and management of, ICT. If you didn’t see the first four chapters, or want to recap anything covered previously, then you can find everything in the original eBook, in its entirety:
Chapter 5: The Quality of leadership in, and the management of, ICT
There’s a strong focus here on the importance of starting at the top, with enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable leadership by governors and school leaders. Effective financial management, the appropriate use of pupil premium funding, and the best use of available staff and resources all stem from effective senior leadership and governance.
At subject leadership level, subject knowledge is again vital, together with a strong track record of innovation in ICT. Good practice is shared, CPD is targeted, upto date, and evaluated for impact. It includes all relevant staff including TAs and technical staff.
E-safety is always on the agenda of leaders at all levels – at least one staff member has upto date accreditation in e-safety, and clear procedures are available, known about and understood by everyone in the school.
“... a curriculum which is imaginative, stimulating, and, importantly, is matched to the full range of student needs.“
Office 365 + OneNote are great tools for senior leaders and heads to collaborate on school planning. Ideas can be shared and worked on across a single OneNote. Notes can be linked to Outlook meetings and Lync video calls. Teachers who are not available or miss meetings will be able to keep up with and contribute to ideas, which have been discussed. Meeting actions can be linked directly to task lists in Outlook, enabling a consistent workflow to reduce management overheads for the senior leadership team.
Lync provides a power tool for connecting staff into meetings from home, or other parts of the schools buildings. Staff could also use Lync for parent engagement, such as parent meetings, as all that is required to join a Lync meeting is a web browser. School events could be streamed live using Lync, connecting and engaging parents who may not be able to attend the event in person due to child care issues. School performances or events could also be stored on the Office 365 video channel for later viewing by parents or carers who work difficult hours.
All schools generate huge amounts of data and store this data in different places. Power Bi is an add-on to Office 365 which uses Excel to provide easy-to-use data insights and dashboards for school leaders and head teachers. Reports can even be embedded into web pages to provide parents and students easy access to school data.
“School events could be streamed live using Lync, connecting and engaging parents...”
An additional benefit to the IT Academy is the Microsoft Certified Educator badge or MCE. This uses the UNESCO standards for teaching with technology to help teachers become confident users of technology in the classroom. Great technology alone does not make great teaching but confident teachers can use technology to improve outcomes in the classroom.
Every school has a prospectus for new parents looking at the school. Sway would be a fun and interactive way to create the school prospectus and share with new parents, who would be able to view it on any device at any time. This also helps any green efforts by saving on trees and cutting the cost of printing for the school.
Access to the latest productivity Office tools is an important aspect of helping students get ahead and ready for the world of work. Through Office 365 ProPlus Benefit qualifying schools can now provide this access at no additional cost.
The Microsoft Educator Network, fully supported at all levels including governor and senior leadership, and embedded into the CPD culture, can transform ICT – and by implication teaching and learning generally.
For e-safety, there are Microsoft Safety and Security tools such as:
Putting this into practice:
Isobel Bryce, head of Saltash.net Community School leads learning with ICT from the top. Isobel’s full hearted support of the Innovative Teachers Programme at Saltash.net has made the school and its teachers into global players in ICT for learning. Isobel has belief in the strong yet carefully distributed leadership structure that’s necessary if ICT is really going to transform learning, a real leadership lesson for all schools.
This concludes our serialisation of the eBook ‘Ofsted ICT in education: Power and flexibility for students and teachers’. For a glossary of technologies and further links, please refer to the eBook itself, from page 21 onwards. If you would like to refer back to any of our previous blogs, you can find them here:
Ofsted ICT in education eBook – Chapter 1: The effectiveness of ICT learning in schools
Ofsted ICT in education eBook – Chapter 2: The achievement of pupils in ICT
Ofsted ICT in education eBook – Chapter 3: Quality of Teaching in ICT
Ofsted ICT in education eBook – Chapter 4: Quality of the curriculum in ICT