The four biggest IT challenges facing schools… according to schools

Technology itself does not change the education landscape, nor is it a panacea to the challenges many schools face. However, it is now more integral within schools than ever before – from its use in estate and asset management, MIS, school communications, BYOD integration and digitally enabled curriculums.  The result is a complex IT ecosystem […]

How to make sure your DfE-supplied devices issued during Covid still work this September

Since last year, DfE supplied 1.3 million schools with devices in response to the rise in remote learning. These devices came equipped with all the necessary management software schools required but this software, whilst given freely during Covid, was never meant to last forever. From 30th September 2021, any device supplied by DfE during Covid […]

IT safeguarding in schools – and how data privacy can actually work against you

Once upon a time, internet filtering was simple. The only devices with internet access that most students had access to were in school and the ways in which students could potentially bypass the filter were scarce (or else only for those students with very advanced IT skills).   Students would try and bypass the filtering by […]

How can your school mitigate the biggest IT security threats to schools in 2021?

Cyber security has always been a priority for schools but with the number of cyber attacks high, its profile is rising again. Even before COVID-19, research undertaken by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) indicated that the vast majority of our primary and secondary schools (83%) were reporting […]

How Should Digitally Agile Teaching Become the Standard?

Digital agility was a skill given particular emphasis in Gavin Williamson’s statement to the Education Policy Institute in January. In his address, he said that the combined efforts during the pandemic to try to make remote learning accessible to all: “really signals our vision for the future of technology in education beyond Covid … making […]

If your schools’ IT Management Service isn’t flexible? Don’t go there.

In this digital age, schools are becoming increasingly reliant on technology – and never more so than in the time of Covid, which has forced schools to adapt under a huge amount of pressure and rely much more on remote learning. One of the biggest challenges around this issue is how schools can create an […]

Five top tips to help you choose new school and classroom technology

Choosing which new education technology to invest your time and money in can be mind boggling, and often you stick with legacy products or systems because it seems like the easier option. But what if you’re missing out on something that could actually make a big impact on your teaching? Here are 5 handy tips […]

Teachers are the driving force – tech just greases the wheels

School technology has come a long way since the days of the one and only hefty school computer, which had to be wheeled around on a huge trolley when a teacher needed it. Today’s schools are now filled with interactive whiteboards, tablet devices, student laptops, AR headsets, digital signage, and a plethora of education-specific software […]

TIME TO MOVE YOUR SCHOOL OUT OF ITS ICT COMFORT ZONE? PART 2

We continue our tale where we left off in August – the Head had signed-off on the project to replace the school’s existing RM network, and installation was about to begin moving in to the summer holidays. Read part 1 of this blog post.