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Your ICT strategy

A school's ICT strategy isn't an abstract set of theories: it's a realistic and concrete plan for understanding and meeting a school's technology needs.

These needs are often defined by the school's strategic priorities, and so you need to design ICT systems and processes that support those priorities. Put bluntly: if you buy technology before thoroughly analysing what it will be used for, you could be wasting money.

Hampshire IT's services are designed to help meet your ICT strategy. When we meet you to discuss our services we will show how they can support personalised learning in and out of school, improve collaboration, and release more staff time for teaching - all in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.

Seven steps in buying ICT

Helping you decide

The first set of questions below are prompts to get you thinking about ICT in your school. These will help you put your requirements in order of priority.

The second tab lists considerations from the Becta self-review framework, which 'offers you a route for assessing and improving your school’s use of ICT ... and is linked to the national standards for ICT'.

The third tab looks at the ICT itself, giving you the key points to consider when buying the technology to support your ICT strategy.

How will ICT support the strategic aims of the school?

  1. Personalised learning
  2. Opportunity for disadvantages
  3. Reducing inequality
  4. Removing barriers
  5. Encourage excellence
  6. Building resilience
  7. Be safe and feel safe
  8. Experience success

What is the pedagogic model of teaching and learning anticipated to be in the next 3-5 years and beyond? In terms of:

  1. Class set up
  2. Curriculum design
  3. Use of teaching and support staff
  4. Resources and space
  5. Planning

How will ICT support learning in and out of school?

  1. Will it be available across curriculum?
  2. Which parts of the building?
  3. Who and when uses what?
  4. What access to ICT is required? (in school, out of school, throughout day, specific times, which users)
  5. How much concurrent ICT use will be required? (what times, locations patterns)

How will teaching staff plan, share and collaborate with each other and as a part of the local children’s partnership(s)?

  1. Where and what is shared?
  2. Who would collaborate?
  3. At what times?

What opportunity will there be for immersive technology?

  1. Interactivity, gaming, visual/sound/video
  2. Where will this take place?
  3. When?
  4. Concurrency?

What is the strategy for management and administration?

  1. Registration, assessment, parental communication, curriculum planning, finance etc.

How will the school ensure sustainability of ICT after the capital injection?

How will the ICT be run/supported?


Leadership and management

  1. Develop and communicate a shared vision for ICT.
  2. Plan a sustainable ICT strategy.


  1. Plan and lead a broad and balanced ICT curriculum.
  2. Review and update the curriculum in the light of developments in technology and practice.
  3. Ensure pupils’ ICT experiences are progressive, coherent, balanced and consistent.

Learning and teaching

  1. Plan the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching.
  2. Meet pupils’ expectations for the use of ICT.
  3. Encourage teachers to work collaboratively in identifying and evaluating the impact of ICT on learning and teaching.


  1. Assess the capability of ICT to support pupils’ learning.
  2. Use assessment evidence and data in planning learning and teaching across the whole curriculum.
  3. Assess the learning in specific subjects when ICT has been used.

Professional development

  1. Identify and address the ICT training needs of your school and individual staff.
  2. Provide equality support and training activities for all staff in the use of ICT sharing effective practice.
  3. Review, monitor and evaluate professional development as an integral part of the development of your school.

Extending opportunities for learning

  1. Understand the needs of your pupils and community in their extended use of ICT.
  2. Ensure provision is enhanced through informed planning resulting in quality of use of ICT within and beyond the school.
  3. Review, monitor and evaluate opportunities to extend learning within and beyond your school.


  1. Ensure learning and teaching environments use ICT effectively and in line with strategic needs.
  2. Purchase, deploy and review appropriate ICT resources that reflect your school improvement strategy.
  3. Manage technical support effectively for the benefit of pupils and staff.

Impact on pupil outcomes

  1. Demonstrate how pupils can make good progress in ICT capability.
  2. Be aware of how the use of ICT can have a wider positive impact on pupils’ progress.
  3. Review pupil attitudes and behaviour and how the use of ICT can impact positively on pupil achievement.
  1. Infrastructure (power, cabling, wireless)
  2. Core hardware (servers, clients, peripherals)
  3. Devices (mobile, portable, gaming)
  4. Audio / visual (projection, interactive whiteboards / surfaces, flat panels, sound design, cameras, recording equipment)
  5. Software (Management Information Systems, operating systems, core curriculum software, specialist software, Virtual Learning Environment, productivity, creativity)
  6. Support and maintenance
  7. Change Management
  8. Project timetable
  9. Monitoring effectiveness