• Revealed: DfE in £3m bailout of government-approved ICT supplier

    The Department for Education paid £3 million to stop a cash-strapped ICT supplier to schools collapsing after it entered administration. In August, Gaia Technologies entered administration amid “severe cashflow issues”. The Welsh firm was listed among the DfE’s approved ICT service suppliers and described itself as a “leading provider” with 500 education customers. However it

    5.00 Nov. 16th, 2019 | News

  • ICT qualifications still in chaos due to delays

    Teachers have accused the government of deliberately holding back approval for new ICT qualifications to force more pupils into the harder computing GCSE. Exam boards are still waiting to hear whether the updated ICT technical qualifications they submitted in March will get the go-ahead for September. The uncertainty makes it impossible to let pupils know

    5.00 May. 21st, 2017 | News

  • Teachers 'unable to prepare' as DfE drags feet over approved qualifications

    The Department for Education has given teachers conflicting messages about when an approved list of 2019 technical and vocational qualifications will be finalised, leading many unable to prepare their courses. The approved list of qualifications, which can count towards performance tables, was meant to be updated in March, but some qualification bodies are still waiting

    5.00 May. 7th, 2017 | News

  • Progress 8 scores could fall after ECDL grade recalibration

    Schools that enter large numbers of pupils into a fast-track ICT qualification could see Progress 8 scores drop if Ofqual or the DfE recalibrated grades to reflect more closely how pupils score in other GCSEs, a new analysis has claimed. Education Datalab has investigated the potential impact on Progress 8 in schools that teach the

    5.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • School ICT costs rise as pound plummets post-Brexit

    Schools are facing hikes of more than 10 per cent in their ICT costs after tech giants say post-Brexit exchange rates will force up prices. Microsoft is due to increase prices on some of its cloud services by 22 per cent from January 1, after price rises were announced by Apple, Lenovo, HP and Dell

    5.00 Nov. 7th, 2016 | News

  • ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ - what it means for schools

    Changes to statutory guidance on ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ will come into effect in September 2016. Mark Orchison explains what this means for schools. The new government safeguarding guidance requires schools to put in place an effective and appropriate whole-school approach to online safety. Previous guidance focussed mainly on Prevent, but this updated guidance

    5.00 Jun. 20th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Teachers must learn to tame technology

    There are powerful tools already available in schools. Staff must realise they don’t need to upgrade, they need to maximise the use of what they have I went to the Bett Show recently. Four days – and half a mile – long, bigger than ever, stand after stand showing the latest educational technology. The show

    6.00 Feb. 14th, 2016 | Opinion

  • How to help your school stand out online

    The internet has become the primary source of information for parents looking for the best school for their child, which means you need a strong online visibility. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) can help 1. Focus on content and structuring The two most crucial elements of optimising your school’s online visibility are making sure your site is regularly

    6.00 Sep. 29th, 2015 | Opinion

  • How to switch to a cloud-based ICT system

    The academies programme has shaken up schools’ traditional support systems, particularly in ICT. However, this reorganisation has created opportunities for the most innovative tick chains to cultivate new infrastructure models. Switching to a cloud-based system has revolutionised AET, the largest multi-academy trust With more than 45,000 staff and student users, our organisation has many challenges

    7.00 Sep. 20th, 2015 | Opinion

  • ICT GCSE results

    10.32 Aug. 20th, 2015 | Exam results

  • A-level results 2015: ICT

    11.48 Aug. 13th, 2015 | Exam results