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School Leaders’ Uses of ICT: Presentation to the National College for School Leadership/BETT Exhibition, Olympia, Kensington, London.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper




ConferenceBETT Exhibition, Olympia, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Conference date(s)9/01/08 → …

Publication details

DateUnpublished - 9 Jan 2008
Original languageEnglish


In order to develop a picture of how they might best develop training and skills programmes that will assist school leaders with meeting new sets of ICT related expectations and challenges, the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) commissioned the NFER to conduct a review of what the current literature says about school leaders’ needs and priorities in this area.

The two key practical questions that this literature review sought to address were as follows.

What is the current and future need of school leaders for professional development of their leadership of ICT?
How should this be reflected within NCSL’s leadership development activities?
Further questions of particular concern were to do with using ICT for management and administration, and for making a contribution to raising standards of achievement.

How can ICT increase the capacity of school leaders, personally, to lead their schools?
How can strategic leadership of ICT contribute to improving standards across the school?

The desk-based research was completed and compiled into a report on 7th September 2007. The report is to be used to inform a survey of schools leaders (the latter has been commissioned by the NCSL as an additional piece of work, to be carried out by another research organisation). The review and survey will inform the future direction of the Strategic Leadership of ICT course, which is a highly regarded programme run by the NCSL for school leaders.

Research design and methods

In order to identify the data relevant to the research questions set out above, a literature search based on key topic areas was conducted. The first step in carrying out the review was to draw up parameters for the study, using NFER’s pro-forma established for this purpose. Each document was assessed by researchers for relevance and quality, according to predetermined criteria. For relevance, the criteria were based on the review’s research aims and questions. Assessing quality involved the consideration of factors such as the appropriateness of the design, the methodology employed by the study, the approach to the analysis of data and the completeness of reporting.

    Research areas

  • ICT, computers, school leadership, CPD, effective use of ICT, SLICT, training, professional develop school management

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