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.