Part of our role as ICTMark assessors involves carrying out visits to schools that have reached the threshold for ICTMark accreditation. The half day visit allows us to check that the threshold level has been reached across all required aspects of the Self Review Framework. We can only recommend accreditation for the award after carrying out a review in school where I look at evidence, consult with the head teacher and meet school leaders, staff and learners in order to judge that the school is able to demonstrate that it has reached the required levels.
We encourage schools to think about the following 10 key considerations when looking to achieve this award:
Progress and achievement – think about pupils in different classes, subjects and years in your school.
To what extent has the use of ICT had a demonstrable impact on their progress and achievement? Put another way, would they have made less progress and achieved less well had they not been able to use ICT?
ICT Capability – think about your pupils’ progress and achievement in relation to their ICT capability.
Do all pupils make good progress in developing and applying their knowledge, skills and understanding of ICT in a wide range of contexts?
Pupils’ learning – think about how your pupils learn in different classes, subjects and years.
Does ICT help them learn more effectively both in school and elsewhere? In other words, does their use of ICT in and out of school help them to become better learners?
Quality of teaching – think about the teachers and support staff in your school.
To what extent has the effectiveness of their teaching been improved by ICT?
Organisational effectiveness – think about your school as an organisation and the people that work in it.
To what extent is the use of ICT improving working practices and making your school more effective and efficient?
Partnerships – think about your communication and engagement with parents/carers.
To what extent is ICT used to enhance the partnership with parents/carers? Is this effective in engaging them more fully in the life of the school and in support of their children’s learning?
Vision and strategy – think about what your school is trying to achieve through the use of ICT.
Is there a shared vision for the way that ICT will improve the quality of learning, teaching and management, and a strategy which ensures this is realised?
Leadership and innovation – think about the leadership at all levels in your school.
Does this leadership create a culture where staff feel encouraged to develop new practices with ICT, reflect on outcomes and share successful innovation for wider adoption?
ICT resources – think about your school’s ICT resources including hardware, software and digital learning and management resources.
Are these of sufficient quantity, quality, reliability and availability to help you achieve your school vision and your aspirations for ICT? In other words, do you have the right resources in the right place at the right time?
Safeguarding – think about the pupils, staff and others with access to the school’s ICT systems.
Is there a clear and well-understood e-safety strategy which ensures a safe environment for ICT use? Are pupils and staff made aware of their responsibilities so that they adopt appropriate behaviours when they use ICT both within and beyond the school?