Strategies fan

17th July 2009 at 01:00
Letter to the editor

I feel I must redress the balance ("National Strategies won't be missed", Letters, July 3).

Having been in charge of an ICT department for 15 years, I know that the meetings and materials have done nothing but good in improving the profile of ICT as well as providing teachers with much-needed guidance.

The swiftness with which ICT became part of the mainstream meant that many schools struggled to make sense of the national curriculum. The ICT framework, created by the National Strategies, gave clear guidance as to how to interpret government instructions.

Yes, the strategy has a finite life and maybe we are at that milestone where teachers can now take up the reins and develop the ideas, but without that catalyst at the beginning some schools and departments would still be struggling to make sense of the Government's intentions.

Alan Plumpton, Ex ICT co-ordinator.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today