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					       The ICT Mark

How St Paul’s achieved the ICT
Mark and how we are using it to
move ICT forward within school.
    Why we went for the ICT Mark
The school was approached by Becta to go for
the ICT Mark. We are a SLICT host school and
therefore were judged to be ‘good’ already
therefore we would be able to go through a
streamlined approach to the award.
We also believed that the ICT which was going
on in school should be recognised, I needed
persuading that we were ready but the Head
was fully supportive, and when you use the self
review framework you will see that you do not
have to be outstanding to achieve it. We must
stop putting ourselves down!!
       Preparation for Visit
With the support of the SMT, I completed the
self review matrix and a commentary of
evidence.
Ensured all paper work was up to date.
Made a ICT information booklet promoting ICT
at St Paul’s – lots of photos of ICT in action –
gathered evidence from class teachers –
especially cross curricular evidence e.g. Gases
Galore week and ensured videos were easily
accessible on the network.
Received notification of what aspects the
assessor would be focusing on.
           The Visit – Timetable of
                Morning
9.00 – 9.15am        Arrival and initial
                     discussion with HT and
                     ICT coordinator
9.15 – 9.45am        Tour around school and
                     discussion with pupils
9.45 – 10.00am       Meeting with Governor
10.00 – 10.15am      Meeting with TA’s
10.15 – 10.30am      Meeting with Teachers
10.30 – 10.45am      Meeting with Parents
10.45 – 11.30am      Discussion with HT and
                     ICT coordinator
11.30 – 11.45 am     Reflection by Assessor
11.45 – 12.00 noon   Decision and discussion with HT and
                     ICT coordinator
      The Visit – What actually
           happened!
The tour took over the morning – gathered the
majority of the evidence from walking around,
looking at ICT in action and talking to the
children.
Put the TAs and teachers together - checking
that we were all sharing the same vision.
Did not look at any written evidence!
Very interested in how we are going to move
forward and especially how we can share our
practice with others (next level in SRF).
      What he saw and said.
Strong leadership and management – key people share
the same vision and are enthusiastic to move ICT
forward. A whole school approach.
ICT treated as a core subject with high priority in school.
CPD is continuous and meets needs of school and staff.
Excellent resources which are being used.
Outstanding practise in some classrooms (cross
curricular use of ICT in Science) which needs to be
shared throughout school and even further a field.
ICT is embedded throughout the school.
Children enjoy ICT and are excited to share their work
and achievements.
                What next ?
Using the self review framework to continually reflect on
practice and use as a working document.
Develop the curriculum creatively to reflect the cross
curricular nature of ICT and to provide extra challenge to
the children, especially in Key Stage 1 which will impact
on Key Stage 2.
OFSTED – Oct 2008 – praised ICT and said it was a
strength of the school. ICT is embedded at all levels and
they supported the ICT Mark judgment.
Setting up VLE and new website with Intranet to improve
communications between all interested parties including
Governors.

				
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