self-evaluation of ICT
must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least
serves as a rule of life."
Pascal (1623 - 1662)
The purposes of self-evaluation in ICT
The purposes of undertaking self-evaluation of the ICT work of a school
might include the following :
to find out the impact of the schools' ICT arrangements upon the work
of the school
to check that the teaching
of ICT is leading to appropriate improvements in pupils' ICT Capability
to check that the ICT
scheme of work is providing a balance of experiences at the right levels
to check there are no
obstacles preventing effective teaching and learning with ICT taking
to ensure that the scheme
is complying with statutory requirements for ICT and ICT in subjects
to establish priorities
for further development
to determine what Ofsted
would say about ICT in the school if it were to be inspected
is a senior management issue, and a good example of where the headteacher
and ICT Coordinator can work together in establishing the overall picture
of the quality of the school's ICT programme.
Clarity, Criteria and Comparisons
There need to be terms of reference for undertaking self-evaluation,
and a framework which captures all those components of the ICT work
of a school which impact upon ICT standards.
There needs to be clarity about statutory requirements for what
should be taught, criteria by which to make judgements and information
about national standards to compare the school against.
The links and resources
on this page present a range of resources to illustrate different tools
and methods that can be used for self-evaluation of a schools' ICT work.