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ICT department and whole school vision

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by Trendy Art, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Senior commenter

    I've got to prepare for interview as a Head of ICT. They have asked for a 10 mins presentation about:
    <ol>[*]Set out your vision for the ICT Department.[*]What role should and can ICT play in
    whole-school improvement? </ol>I am thinking (in no particular order):
    Departmental vision:
    • Raising standards
    • Open culture of observations/drop-ins (including colleagues watching me)
    • Child-centred learning/engagement
    • Valuing staff in the team
    • Extra-curricular provision - i.e. programming/animation clubs
    Whole-school improvement:
    • Link to specialism
    • Ofsted targets
    • Student owned devices used in the school
    • ICT across the curriculum trail to identify and share good practice, assess development needs
    • VLE
    • ICT for parents, governors, community
    Just put that together - anything I could add... and is it too much for 10 mins?
    Thanks in advance for any contributions.
     
  2. Thank God I don't have to go for any more Head of Department interviews. All this bull to get a job which brings nothing but extra hassle for a few grand a year more, most of which goes in tax anyway, and then what you do when you get the job has no resemblance to what you discussed at interview. Ah you can't make up this stuff.
    On a positive note and to answer your question, here are my suggestions:
    a)
    b)
    c)
    Nope, can't think of any. Too cynical in the light of academy ****, restructing of subjects at our school, likely redundancies, no ict in eBac to cause problems, dumbing down of ICT over last decade, target centred not pupil centred approach by head and so on.
    Good luck, and GET THAT JOB!
     
  3. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    Online safety?
     
  4. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Senior commenter

    Think I have more than enough balls!
    Thanks for the ideas. Which do you think are the most important?
     
  5. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Well if I were a Head, the thing I would be looking for is how can you help the school get higher grades. Do you go for OCR course (100% pass rate, lots of points for the school), or GCSE (academic, recognised in tables over OCR)? What can you teach the rest of the staff to do to increase grades (shared planning and resources into Dept folders on a network, use of trackers in Excel to monitor pupil progress, etc)
    The main thing is to be seen to lead the Dept, not manage it. Pro-active not re-active.

    And yes, I know it is all about leaping through hoops, but this is what its become these days, and I fear with the rise of cuts / redundancies / etc is only going to carry on and not stop now that 'Pob' Gove is in charge
     
  6. No, you don't, just in case the interviewer replies with "what, you want to run a course which has a last entry date in December 2012, and which stands as much chance of being re-accredited under the current administration as Michael Gove stands of having a clue about education?"

     
  7. What about the role of ICT across the school in data analysis - if you were to impress on the panel the need to get all teaching staff analysing data on their students - to identify groups for intervention, for differentiation, for accurate progress checking ewtc etc - and thus provide more quality data to the middle managers and onwards to feed into intervention and year group/whole school strategies - that would be a useful key point.
     
  8. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Deja vu? I distinctly remember people posting on here a couple of years back that the Nationals were dead and buried and no way QCA were going to reapprove them. That went well for the doom merchants....
     
  9. Yes, but what are the chances of the QCA actually existing by then? Not to mention that the writing is clearly on the wall for all "vocational" qualifications, not just OCRN.
     
  10. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Not even this slash happy government would be idoitic enough to cull the one quango that they think can drive up education standards by making things tougher in exams...
    Heck, get ready for the world of examinations sponsered by Serco.
    Johnny is a Prison Transport Driver, he has to visit three Category A prisons and two crown courts, how many senior managers will get a bonus payment this year?
     
  11. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Don't forget this is still very much an opinion or instinct, nothing has been decided and as ever I shall just watch from the sidelines and wait for feedback on here on various course changes. You may well be right, however I just can't see a one size fits all approach for every subject. My gut thinks the course will stay, I might be right I might be wrong, but I certainly won't be jumping because an anonymous poster on here says it's dead. I'll wait and see what happens.
     
  12. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Senior commenter

    Could I just say thank you all for your contributions - I landed the job.
    Five candidates shortlisted, one dropped out on the day. After separate interviews with Head/Senior Deputy and teaching a lesson, there was a cull and it came down to myself and another candidate. We both had to do the presentation you guys advised me on.
    Head said to me, "That was the best presentation I have seen in a long time."
    Funnily enough I was discussing with the other candidate when she said something along the lines of searching for a presentation and found this very topic here on the TES.
    So, Mrs K - if you are reading this, I hope you are well and, yes, it was me who posted this! If you want to work together in future, it would be a privilege.
    Now I am currently recovering from the car wreckage that is the end of term and draining interview process...
    Hope you are all enjoying a well-deserved break!
     

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