School leaders should seek to drive developments towards a vision of
the school as a centre of excellence in using ICT for teaching and learning.
The DfES refers to this vision as 'The School of the Future'. The National
College for School Leadership (NCSL) describes the 'School of the Future'
as the 'E-confident School'.
Characteristics of the E-confident School
levels of staff confidence, competence and leadership
and access to technical support
teaching, learning and assessment.
managing distributed and concurrent learning
application within organisational and management processes
learning development, support and access - for all staff
resource allocation to ensure sustainable development
with high levels of ICT capability
the community learning and information hub
Good leadership in ICT (at all levels) will be demonstrated
a clear understanding about the nature of ICT as a subject, and a learning
why ICT is potentially the most powerful learning medium yet developed
a clear vision of what the school should achieve with ICT over time
able to demonstrate how investments in ICT are impacting on learning
the balance between teaching ICT skills and applying them to learning
knowing the key components to an ICT strategy that must be in place
for ICT to succeed.
coordination in ICT will be demonstrated through:
developments according to the school development plan for ICT
good communication with SMT, heads of department, teachers and technicians
solutions to obstacles to ICT developments
SMT and teachers aware of key developments in ICT
staff development in the use of ICT across subjects
progress in developing ICT and publicising pupils' achievements in using
This section looks at some issues to do with leading and coordinating
ICT in Schools.