ICT Department Structure - what's yours?
We have a long established member of staff who is retiring at the end of the academic year. They have worked in an ICT capacity at our school for 30+ years, so have seen it move from a novelty / hobby subject, right up to seeing it embedded in the curriculum in the present day. However their style of management has been far from ideal.
After such a long period in post, the school is considering a re-shuffle in the ICT staff structure. What I wanted to do was canvas your views on the structure of ICT staff in your schools to find out what works and what doesn't. For example:
-Does your school have an ICT manager / Network Manager / ICT Coordinator?
-Do they report to SMT (senior management team) or are they part of the SMT?
-Is your 'Head of ICT' responsible for leadership of whole school IT, as well as the subject?
-Does your Head of ICT lead any technicians you may have?
-Do you have an ICT manager / Network Manager / ICT Coordinator who is responsible for whole school IT systems / planning and infrastructure? If so does your Head of ICT only concern themselves with ICT, the subject?
I'm trying to identify where the "lines" are between teaching staff and technical staff and the roles each takes, and at which level (be it teacher, technician, manager or senior staff).
At present we have a "Director of eLearning", a non technical post filled by a teacher, who sees himself in charge of the Network Manger, all technicians, all ICT teaching staff, and who tries to direct whole school activities. They control all school IT budgets from exercise books to technical items asked for by the Network Manager who has no budget of their own. They are not a member of the management team. There is no "Head of ICT", just this Director. This sort of dictator approach is what the school is trying to remove.
Your thoughts on the topic are very welcome.