Government targets for the national grid for learning and an action plan to achieve them

28th April 2000 at 01:00
* Teachers should be competent and confident to teach using ICT.

* All schools should be connected to the Internet.

* All teachers and pupils should have their own email address.

* The ratio of primary pupils to modern computers should be 8:1.

* All school leavers should have a good understanding of ICT.

RM's advice is that first the headteacher should have a clear idea of what the school hopes to gain from ICT, perhaps writing a brief, aspirational statement such as: "To enhance teaching and learning across all subject areas through the provision of ICT and the contribution of well-trained and motivated staff." Then there are eight steps to realise the vision.

1 Form a technology team. Virtually everyone in the school should be involved to some extent.

2 Identify clients. The widest possible client base, including management, teaching and office staff, pupils, paents and the local community, should each be considered and their separate needs listed.

3 Establish priorities. Decide on short- and long-term goals and fix timescales.

4 Research. Find out what help is available to achieve the goals and opportunities for financial support.

5 School audit. Survey everything from equipment to teachers' skills and confidence. Audits can be done regularly to monitor progress.

6 Learning and teaching. Think creatively about the use of ICT in class. The technology team can explore software, hardware and Internet resources.

7 Available technology. Assess the options. Delaying this step is the single most important aspect of the planning process: complete your research first.

8 Action plan. Include details of costs, funding, timescales, equipment, resources and teachers' training.

"Planning for Success", RM, tel0870 908 6969

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