E2 UK Live Event: Help us shape the future of Education Technology this October

Microsoft Education UK is thrilled to host our first ever E² Regional Conference – a dynamic new event for education technology leaders in the UK. Spread over three days, this FREE event will be packed full of great content and activities led by educators and education technology experts. Each day is a specially tailored for specific roles within education, with activities and sessions specifically addressing the needs and aspirations of IT Leads and Multi Academy Trust IT Leaders, School Leaders, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.

TES Education Hub: Top down to bottom up – How information systems have evolved in schools, by Gerald Haigh

At the heart of a school’s administration is what’s usually called “the MIS” (management information system). The first examples appeared in the late 1980s, as a response to the delegation of budgets to schools. They later expanded their remit to include the collection and analysis of pupil performance data, behaviour and attendance figures. These days, every school has a MIS of some kind – usually SIMS, which is provided by runaway market leader and Microsoft partner Capita Children’s Services. And where a local authority has installed and maintained the same MIS across all its schools, they can be administered and managed collectively. Clearly the MIS has been a success story – which is particularly impressive, given that not all software innovations survive. But what of later technological developments?