Self Review Framework The ICT Technicians View


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  • Intro – giving a Techie’s view on the Self Review Framework I know how much you all enjoy the last session of the day peole thinking about traffic and what the free gift is. Only joking. Ok, 1, 2, 3 Boo! The only way is up! And this is how it can feel when you’re a Tech. Y You are in the privileged position where 95% of the time people are coming to you with problems, but for this self review framework, you will be the one going to them with results – Hooray!
  • Self Review Framework The ICT Technicians View

    1. 1. Self Review Framework The ICT Technicians view Russell Dyas Limehurst High School Improving learning through technology
    2. 2. How are you doing? <ul><li>Reduced the number of printer errors. </li></ul><ul><li>Upgraded your printer drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced printers ensuring all same type of printers used </li></ul><ul><li>Stopped people printing huge graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Centralised printer management and queues </li></ul><ul><li>Optimised your printer server pagefile size to cope with the adjusted printer queues </li></ul><ul><li>Added extra RAM in your server to reduce page swapping… </li></ul><ul><li>Blah Blah Blah…. </li></ul>
    3. 3. How to promote the good work you do <ul><li>Tell your customers the impact it has on them </li></ul><ul><li>Inform your school leaders about the benefits in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Show how improved ICT availability is increasing user confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate how enthusiastic the students are to learn when using ICT </li></ul><ul><li>The best way to tell them – get them to tell you! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Hagar pondered the completion of the 07-08 Network Audit…
    5. 5. SRF is school self review <ul><li>The SRF is there to help you evaluate your schools’ use of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>It is there as a benchmark that can be used to compare your school with others </li></ul><ul><li>It will provide valuable feedback for you to improve your current development systems </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can achieve the ICT Mark! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What is the Self Review Framework? <ul><li>Set up in 2005 after government announced an initiative to help all schools use ICT effectively through the development of a “route map which enables all schools to identify where they are, and shows practical steps they can take” </li></ul><ul><li>Becta took the lead and moved this forward into what became the SRF. (with the aid of the QCA, OFSTED, DfES, etc…) </li></ul>
    7. 7. SRF is broken into 8 elements <ul><li>1.         Leadership and management </li></ul><ul><li>2.         Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>3.         Learning and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>4.         Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>5.         Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>6.         Extending opportunities for learning </li></ul><ul><li>7.         Resources </li></ul><ul><li>8.         Impact on pupil outcomes </li></ul>
    8. 8. Self Review Framework <ul><li>Builds on the idea of self & peer review, leadership capability & capacity, and a … </li></ul><ul><li>“ sound support network” </li></ul>
    9. 9. SRF - Whole School ICT Project <ul><li>It involves;- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMT/SLT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. School staff understand assessments <ul><li>Use an environment familiar to your customers </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them to assess the use of ICT using the self review framework to show how the school is doing </li></ul><ul><li>Use the technical support assessment to check on how you are doing with ICT support </li></ul><ul><li>Together you could achieve the ICT Mark </li></ul>
    11. 11. Practical Info <ul><li>It is FREE </li></ul><ul><li>You need to register online </li></ul><ul><li>It is not a linear process </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for the ICT Mark when YOU are ready </li></ul><ul><li>The ICT Mark does NOT require mountains of paperwork </li></ul>
    12. 12. Choose an area Adult & Community Learning » Assessment » Becta's Northern Ireland self-review framework » Becta's self-review framework » Curriculum » E-Learning » Early years self-review framework » HOS » ICT Infrastructure » Inclusion » Leadership and Management » Learning & Skills » Scotland »
    13. 13. ICT Infrastructure » <ul><li>ICT Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Infrastructure - This matrix will help you assess your institution's ICT infrastructure by looking at what it enables you to do and then produce an action plan for improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Platform functionality - This matrix has been developed as a response to the evolution of the learning platform functional specifications. </li></ul><ul><li>Management and support of the ICT infrastructure - This matrix, which is aimed at institutions with internally provided technical support, assesses the effectiveness of the ICT infrastructure management and support provision against Becta’s Framework for ICT Technical Support (FITS) and produces an action plan for improvement. </li></ul>
    14. 14. SRF is school self review <ul><li>You need to register online </li></ul><ul><li>A token is awarded, always use this to combine all your responses </li></ul><ul><li>When you have completed the 8 elements & feel you have evidence (various forms) to support the benchmark at the level shown on the online SRF, then apply for the Mark. </li></ul><ul><li>The process is not “yet another award” but is objective validation of the schools self evaluation.  </li></ul><ul><li>Register your results and be recognised </li></ul>
    15. 15. Good level of SRF = ICT Mark <ul><li>The Assessor cannot have been used to support the school’s SRF work. </li></ul><ul><li>The assessment of a school is not based on the quality of the commentary provided, but on a visit to the school </li></ul><ul><li>The commentary should be reviewed to identify two or three elements the assessor will focus on during the assessment visit </li></ul><ul><li>3 hr visit </li></ul>“ Rules of the game…”
    16. 16. An example agenda could be: <ul><li>9.30  Arrive, introduction to the context of the school by headteacher and senior leadership team </li></ul><ul><li>9.45  Tour of school with senior leadership team </li></ul><ul><li>10.15 Review of evidence for elements selected with lead person for ICT. </li></ul><ul><li>10.45 Interview with selected subject leaders </li></ul><ul><li>11.15 Interview with classroom teachers and others (e.g. Network manager, TAs, parents, governors, and community leaders where appropriate) </li></ul><ul><li>11.45 Interview with selected pupils </li></ul><ul><li>12.20 Consideration of recommendation for award </li></ul><ul><li>12.30 Feedback to senior leadership team. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Assessments, SRF and FITS links <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /fits </li></ul><ul><li>Register your results and be recognised </li></ul>
    18. 18. Identify yourself - Who are you? <ul><li>IT Technician? </li></ul><ul><li>Network Manager? </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Co-ordinator? </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>Remember you have an important role to play and you provide valuable information </li></ul>
    19. 19. What do you do? <ul><li>School hardware audit </li></ul><ul><li>School software audit </li></ul><ul><li>Network maintenance/management </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware repair </li></ul><ul><li>Staff training </li></ul><ul><li>Pupil group-work </li></ul><ul><li>General IT knowledgebase </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>It's fine having Techies that want to discuss technical stuff but… </li></ul><ul><li>Network managers must become strategic or they won't be delivering the school needs - </li></ul><ul><li>Network Managers are the key to getting the support staff taken seriously </li></ul>
    21. 21. How do I fit into the SRF? <ul><li>Directly </li></ul><ul><li>(section 7)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Indirectly </li></ul><ul><li>(Sections 1-6,8)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>For example, Section 1c-4 – Security and Safety - “New policies” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Researching Freedom of Information” </li></ul>
    22. 22. What resources are available? <ul><li>SRF & the provided examples </li></ul><ul><li>FITS & FITS Operations Management </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Networking </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RM Communities </li></ul>
    23. 23. Finally, What is required by me? <ul><li>As IT support staff, you can provide evidence for section 7 </li></ul><ul><li>You can compare your results with other schools, or “ideal” models </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, you can then use both of these in providing evidence and then also in improving your systems for the next time you proceed with the SRF </li></ul>
    24. 24. Russell Dyas [email_address] Copy of these slides can be found at & Clicking Slides In The Menu