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					The Research: Background

 Public Sector Capital Investments in ICT
 Building Schools for the Future (£45bn ICT and buildings)
  and Every Child Matters Programmes (£500m ICT)

 Project & Programme Management                   
 Technical Specification & Procurement            
 Training (Professional Practice & Kit)           
 Business / People / Organisational Change
     …and Leadership’s place within that
                                                   ?
The Research: Key Issue

 Considered as a business issue for managers in terms of
  business / people / organisational change requirements…

 What interventions from government, management or
  other leaders may be valuable?
The Research: A Stab at Some Questions
   What leadership should head teachers and social care managers show in response to
    the new technologies? How?
   How can change be stimulated at the strategic (national) and operational (school or
    children’s centre) level?
   What is the place for best practice and guidance? How should this be created,
    disseminated, embedded?
   How to help staff plan, lead, manage, coach, administer, budget differently,
    including in the myriad support and back-office functions of the school business, and in
    relationships that are no longer hierarchical/paymaster-based, but
    partnership/commercially based?
   Should managers appoint a “Business Change Manager” (OGC best practice) from
    within the organisation, or could this be better done at an aggregated level e.g. local
    authority/federation?
   What is the place for change agents? What does a good change agent look like – the
    bright young (ICT-literate) thing, or the sceptical but experienced and respected elder
    statesman?
   Should change be organic, bottom-up?
   What pace of change will be most effective/sustainable?
   What is happening so far?
The Research: Example References &
Commentary
Becta / ADCS ICT Update Spring 2007:         The above extract distils the issue clearly, and alludes to the current gaps in
“This prompts an immediate question: do      knowledge and capacity
all local authorities have the capacity to
do this? Does your Local Authority have      In my opinion, Becta’s and LA’s own capabilities to drive this forward will benefit
the capability to enable these               from some assistance
developments to become reality? How is
strategic leadership and professional
support for ICT being organised?”
National College for School Leadership       These references present a review of literature and selected research - all of
& Reading University: Leadership             which predates and does not consider the recent and ongoing technology-
Development Evidence & Beliefs (2004)        driven revolution in management
NCSL: What we know about school
leadership
NCSL: Seven Claims to Success
www.partnershipsforschools.org.uk            These provide research and guidance on the generic issues viewed from the
                                             traditional perspective, but focus on pedagogy and professional practice,
www.future-learning.net                      programme management, technical specifications and commercial/contractual
                                             aspects
www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/delivering      Contains three example change management models – Kotter, NHS
services/changemanagement/models             Improvement Foundation (PDSA), School Remodelling
                                             Behind this there are various tailored resources, some of which are being
                                             presented to the wider community currently.
The Times: Safety fears over new             Widespread concerns from academics, managers and practitioners. Security is
register of all children (27/08/07)          a function of technology but also people’s understanding, behaviours and
                                             attitudes. These need to be addressed over coming years, but how?
The Research: Benefits
 Ministers/officials will benefit from this type of research and analysis
  to enhance their own efforts to inform policy, strategy, funding
 Operational managers in schools and local authorities will gain
  insights to inform decisions, behaviours and attitudes at local level
 Industry partners will benefit as it will help them develop more
  compelling offerings
 I, my company and all of the above will benefit from exploring this
  issue in a focused manner
      Achieving a collated and contextualised understanding of recent history
      Applying experience from elsewhere
      Applying management theory to the practical problem
      And, hopefully, from creating hypotheses on one or more optimal ways
       forward
The Research: A Stab at Method

 Mix of qualitative and quantitative content
      One-to-one structured interviews, say 10-30 (?)
      Questionnaires – paper/online, say min. 100
      Focus groups/workshops – could do single issues in-depth with peers,
       and/or cross-learning by including participants from different areas (e.g.
       headteacher and social work manager); also interesting to use dual-
       facilitation with someone from the learning set with different experience
      Conferences – plenary/break-out groups at national conferences
 SEI CMM-style maturity model to collate and analyse findings might
  be interesting (just a thought)
 As well as academic thesis, write-up could include case studies,
  good practice guidance and exemplars, toolkits
 As well as support from my company, I may secure very useful
  access to people, material, fora, and credibility from relevant public
  sector organisations

				
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