Create a simple, reusable model for primary schools' IT infrastructure
Teachers are specialists in education. Not IT infrastructure.
Many of the city's primary schools have a patchwork of IT supporting the school. Systems don't talk to each other, some systems don't work, teachers get frustrated and parents get frustrated. Students get put off IT at an early age.
Idea: Take one primary school in the city. Bring in an IT enterprise architect with transformation experience to create a simple, reusable framework for school IT infrastructure, using the selected school as a test bed. Implement the infrastructure, perhaps approaching technology providers where possible to get discounts for participating in this pilot program (in return for being able to feature it as a case study). Refine the framework from the learning. Ensure the framework also has a model to help the governors plan for refreshing the technology or extending the framework year over year.
Focus on building the simplest and best value-for-money systems for students, teachers, governors and parents. Minimise the amount of technology within the four walls of the school, using cloud technologies where possible. Transform the students' experience of IT and empower parents to know much more about what their children are doing in school through technology. And make planning and tracking easier for teachers. Highlight gaps in technology where these exist today and report these back to hardware and software companies. Offer training to governors about IT strategy and planning.
And then, offer the framework to all Local Authority maintained schools as part of the service contract. Sell the framework to academies. Offer consulting support for implementing part of the framework as a service.
Key is that the framework is realistic:
2. modular - framework doesn't have to be implemented all in one go, can be bitten off in pieces
3. simple (e.g. cloud-based in preference to managing onsite servers or data distributed in machines across the school)
Why the contribution is important
- Improve the quality of education in Bristol
- Improve the value for money of IT spend in our schools, if not cost-savings in the medium to long term.
- Reduce stress on teachers in Bristol
- Establish Bristol as a leader in building cost-effective and simple technology infrastructures for schools
- Create an IT leadership and transformation service which is available for academies or other local authorities can purchase in - a revenue generator
- Opportunity to demonstrate to parents, educators, employers and Ofsted that Bristol is serious about creating excellence in education
by user419622 on December 07, 2013 at 11:21PM