When I ask schools “what’s your 3 year IT strategy?” they can’t usually answer because 9 out of 10 schools don’t have one. Especially in times of shrinking budgets, having the right IT strategy can save you from making reactive, poor and expensive IT decisions.
For an IT strategy to be successful, it needs to be simple and easy for everyone to understand and get behind. Anything too technical won’t be understood and will be ignored. Anything too low-level doesn’t inspire or have meaning to staff, students or parents on a day-to-day basis. IT is one of the cornerstones of school success. It impacts teaching, learning and the smooth running of the school. Get it wrong and there is frustration, complaints, lost opportunities and anger. Get it right and creativity, excitement, collaboration and growth all can flourish. It’s important therefore to get it right.
If you don’t have a strategy, here’s a starter that you can use for free. Adapt it, change it and mould it to your own school circumstances. It’s designed as a pointer and a conversation starter. If you’d like to know more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for your strategy to make sense you need a vision of what you're trying to achieve.
Vision - A 21st Century School
A school where the staff have the tools to be 21st Century Professionals and the learners can develop the 21st Century digital skills they need.
The CATS strategy – Collaboration/Access/Trust/Savings
To be successful we need four overarching outcomes:
CATS IT Strategy Implementation
Having a strategy is great, but how practically do you go about implementing it? Here are 6 tips for implementation: