No alarms and no surprises? Inspection Report ICT Comments

Comments from the report are detailed under the headings from the report.

Inspection
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The school did very well overall. There was no ICT specialist on the inspection team. The document is now public. The question is, what does this mean for ICT in the school. No alarms and no surprises? However, opportunities are presenting themselves to consolidate existing good practice and expand the use of technology throughout the curriculum.

Pupil’s Learning and Achievements

‘Although proficient and sometimes highly skilled in the use of ICT, they under-employ this skill in their lessons.’

‘Some are skilled users of ICT. In a graphic design lesson, pupils in Y8 manipulated and altered images using a range of software tools to create a soft drinks carton, and in an English lesson pupils in Y11 produced high callibre posters using composite images and symbols from the internet.’

‘Despite the good ICT skills that most have acquired, pupils do not fully exploit these skills to assist their learning, nor do they make much use of the school library as a learning resource, relying instead on their teachers and text books as their sources of information.’

The Quality of teaching (including assessment)

Often pupils who use ICT well for independent study do so of their own volition rather than directly as a result of teacher suggestion, although good use is made of specialist software in music and design.’

RE teachers: ‘Many are also skilled users of technology to enhance their teaching.’

‘Although teaching frequently makes use of the interactive whiteboard, its full potential is not universally realised across departments.’

Conclusion and next steps

‘Develop the library as a significant educational resource that encourages pupils to make greater use of both books and the extensive ICT resources that are available to facilitate their independent learning.’

Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.

Inspection Report comments on ICT

Pupil’s Learning and Achievements

‘Although proficient and sometimes highly skilled in the use of ICT, they under-employ this skill in their lessons.’

‘Some are skilled users of ICT. In a graphic design lesson, pupils in Y8 manipulated and altered images using a range of software tools to create a soft drinks carton, and in an English lesson pupils in Y11 produced high callibre posters using composite images and symbols from the internet.’

‘Despite the good ICT skills that most have acquired, pupils do not fully exploit these skills to assist their learning, nor do they make much use of the school library as a learning resource, relying instead on their teachers and text books as their sources of information.’

The Quality of teaching (including assessment)

Often pupils who use ICT well for independent study do so of their own volition rather than directly as a result of teacher suggestion, although good use is made of specialist software in music and design.’

RE teachers: ‘Many are also skilled users of technology to enhance their teaching.’

‘Although teaching frequently makes use of the interactive whiteboard, its full potential is not universally realised across departments.’

Conclusion and next steps

‘Develop the library as a significant educational resource that encourages pupils to make greater use of both books and the extensive ICT resources that are available to facilitate their independent learning.’

No alarms and no surprises? Inspection Report ICT Comments

3 thoughts on “No alarms and no surprises? Inspection Report ICT Comments

  1. Interesting comments about the Library Dai – but not surprising I assume from talking to you. Lots of scope for improvement there ;0) . I think the comment about the interactive whiteboards not being used to their full potential would be true of the majority of schools which is a shame.

  2. Jamie Portman says:

    “Develop the library as a significant educational resource that encourages pupils to make greater use of both books and the extensive ICT resources that are available to facilitate their independent learning.” …….. and……… “Although teaching frequently makes use of the interactive whiteboard, its full potential is not universally realised across departments.”

    EVER get the feeling they have a bank of statements that they just bloody cut and paste????

    I presume ‘full potential’ relates to the board being used simply to project power point??? Common across schools I would have thought. Maybe demos of how teachers use them to the full potential is required. Or: perhaps better use would be an evaluation of teacher’s expertise in this area and target those colleagues for support and training in order to achieve a more ‘universal’ use?

    Library one is tricky. We once embarked upon using photos of staff as role models reading their favourite book (PE Staff, Young teachers etc) explaining why they like it so much. In essence however, you probably need a shed load of cash to funk the library up a little bit with cool stuff, furniture etc. They have to want to use it – get student council involved maybe. Nice little project for them??

    Jamie

    @jamierportman

    1. We’ve been looking at library development and did a survey of 500+ students. Point is, if you ask any librarian worth their salt, it is all about the librarian creating a fun culture and giving the pupils somewhere they want to be whilst maintaining high standards. To my mind there is a lot of talk about space and furniture and the like but it will come down to the children wanting to use it. It’s in high demand at the moment and has antique furniture in it (with mice engraved on legs etc).

      Your comments about the inspection comments ring true. I would love to see the evidence – observations, documents, work sample – they based the judgements on. Having said that it reinforces my agenda quite clearly. Thanks for dropping by Jamie.

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