This picture shows what ISC Digital is doing to try to help transfer successful use of technology between schools.

  1. Why – because of the feeling about the investment in IT in the sector?

ISBA ran this survey 2018 and ISC Digital helped produce the Bursars’ IT “Six-Pack” as the response that 2/3 of schools thought that It wasn’t providing value for money or safeguarding students.

So we are working to create a framework, accommodating the nuances of the different types of schools, so all schools can more easily understand how IT can work more like electricity work;

So we asked the 1/3 who are happy with their investment to help the 2/3 who aren’t and  specific individuals from schools are writing up what they had done; including how they had gone about achieving their success.


  1. What are we trying to achieve in Schools?

This is a quote from Chris Lehmann of Science leadership Academy Philadelphia and author of Building School 2.0.

We have been working with many companies including Microsoft and Google to help schools enriching student learning with technology.

I think our procurement Blog by Mark Budgen on Future Procurement – What Should it Look Like? setting the expectation for our relationships with companies and Steve Molyneux’s article of Tablet Academy on training. Both particularly useful.





  1. What are ISC Digital do to help schools?

a) The Bursars’ IT “Six-Pack”

We wanted to break down IT challenges into 6 specific headings under which to best aggregate advice and stories to support schools.

b) Writing Blogs, distributing a regular magazine and an eNewsletter which profile schools and individuals with diverse responsibilities making a difference; aggregating and pointing to resources from good digital pedagogy and intelligence like the profile of Andrew Storey at Dulwich college

c) Collaborating with;

  1. Education foundation to offer the #EdTech50 Schools awards. Delighted with e response from schools successfully using technology. We will categorise and share their stories easy.  The 50 schools will be announced at a reception at the house of Lords on May 8th.: 
  2. ISBA on producing the GDPR resource and organising their IT conference March 27th at the BMA, London and producing the GDPR Teacher Mantra.
  3. International organisations like ISTE to showcase their valuable resources and develop partnerships
  4. EdTech Companies on action Research projects like Think IT on GDPR, HP and SystemActive on Growth Headset, Microsoft on supporting Digital Strategy Growth headset – the final report
  5. Companies to create specific resources like the Digital strategy eBook with Commercial and the networking and onboarding resources with Mark Reynolds and Hable
  6. Directors of IT and EdTech Companies to create and validate Cloud Standards and Digital Strategy Template for all schools. Currently we are working with Sarah Williamson, Dr Neelam Parmar and a range of companies including Alan Hodgin from Rm to compile resources and good practice stories to help school break down and prioritise the challenge of making IT work more like electricity
  7. EdTech companies to run conferences and organise events like “Sharing Good practice” at Google with C-learning and the Digital Strategy event coming up with Commercial at Leighton Park school in February 2019
  8. Working more closely with organisations like the Chartered College to  make clear the link between what we are both doing as described in the excellent article in the TES article by Cat Scutt clearly stating how technology should support great teaching practice.



  1. Is this the right approach when so many other organisations are sharing good practice already?

Our next step will be to ask senior leaders from schools at the conference and virtually to feedback on the resources we have created and our plan.  We need to make sure that we have understood what we were asked to do and make sure this is still relevant to the sector and other schools.  We are looking to collect stories of successful use of technology to enhance learning and aggregate resources.

  1. How can you get involved to help?

  1. Give us feedback either at the conference or virtually on what resources or support you need
  2. Do something well it doesn’t matter how small, write it up and share so everyone can benefit.
  3. Respond to blogs if you have used a resource or process so we can let others know it works.
  4. Get involved with Independent schools List server – Bob Allen and Vaughan Connolly are going to help us to create a regular digest of the anonymised practical intelligence within this valuable resource that can support and bring to life the Digital Strategy Template.