Post-16 information and communication technology
Ofsted reports about post-16 information and communication technology
- Virtual learning environments: an evaluation of their development in a sample of educational settings - 13 January 2009. Virtual learning environments (VLEs) use computers to allow remote access to learning materials. As the routine use of computers becomes all pervasive, there is an expectation that VLEs will form a significant part of the next generation's experience of learning. This survey evaluates how VLEs are developing within a selection of providers.
- The safe use of new technologies - 10 February 2010. This report is based on evidence from a small-scale survey carried out between April and July 2009 in 35 maintained schools in England. It evaluates the extent to which the schools taught pupils to adopt safe and responsible practices in using new technologies, and how they achieved this. It also assesses the extent and quality of the training the schools provided for their staff. It responds to the report of the Byron Review, Safer children in a digital world.
- ICT in schools 2008-11 - 14 December 2011. Since the Education Reform Act of 1988, information and communication technology has been compulsory for all pupils from 5 to 16 in maintained schools. This report draws on evidence from the inspection of information and communication technology in primary, secondary and special schools between 2008 and 2011. The use of ICT is considered as both a specialist subject and across the wider school curriculum.
Case studies of good practice in post-16 information and communication technology
- Making the most of information and communication technology: South Devon College - 14 May 2012. South Devon College has improved from inadequate some years ago to outstanding in 2008. Since then, success rates have continued to rise and using information and communication technology (ICT) well has been a central element in this success story. There are few, if any, elements of the college’s work that are not well supported and often significantly enhanced by the effective use of technology in all its modern guises.
- Functional skills: DV8 Training Ltd - 2 March 2012. This example demonstrates the excellent integration of functional skills with learners’ vocational subjects, and a particularly effective approach to overcoming barriers to learning and raising learners’ aspirations.
Sector subject area adviser
Andy Harris is Ofsted’s sector subject area adviser for ICT. Before joining Ofsted, Andy worked for the Adult Learning Inspectorate. He has had the post-16 ICT advisor role since 2009. Before becoming an inspector Andy worked as a teacher, and then spent nearly 30 years as a training officer in the Royal Air Force, with a particular interest in computer-based simulation and e-learning. He has led surveys on virtual learning environments and e-learning in the adult learning sector and contributed to an e-assessment survey.