+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 29
General Chat Thread, Head of Information Services in General; Do you think this is an appropriate title for a new position within a school. This post will be above ...
  1. #1
    KWestos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    520
    Thank Post
    91
    Thanked 54 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25

    Head of Information Services

    Do you think this is an appropriate title for a new position within a school. This post will be above the Network manager and reports to the Business Manager/Bursar. This is purely a strategic role driving policy, managing sims co-ordinators and overseeing whole school ICT use. There will be no technical requirements to this post, purely strategic.

    Is this title ok, also, can anyone come up with alternatives, i.e ICT Director??

  2. #2


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    4,690
    Thank Post
    352
    Thanked 796 Times in 715 Posts
    Rep Power
    347
    Strategic curricular? or strategic service/provision?

  3. Thanks to kmount from:

    KWestos (16th September 2009)

  4. #3
    IanT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    @ the back of my server racks farting.....
    Posts
    1,891
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 118 Times in 109 Posts
    Rep Power
    60
    I've noticed alot of schools bringing in this form of role in, mainly called ICT Director.............to overlook the entire IT......teaching and technical....I know alot of Network Managers dont like it......I know a few......

  5. Thanks to IanT from:

    KWestos (16th September 2009)

  6. #4
    KWestos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    520
    Thank Post
    91
    Thanked 54 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25
    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    I've noticed alot of schools bringing in this form of role in, mainly called ICT Director.............to overlook the entire IT......teaching and technical....I know alot of Network Managers dont like it......I know a few......
    Hi Ian

    Many thanks for the reply. I guess from your reply you are one.

    Would it be possible for me to pick your brains regarding the role of ICT Director within schools.

    Many thanks

  7. #5
    IanT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    @ the back of my server racks farting.....
    Posts
    1,891
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 118 Times in 109 Posts
    Rep Power
    60
    Im no ICT Director and wouldn't wanna be one at all!

    Plus I dont work within the education sector yet......used to be a Network Manager (6 Months ago) and used to have a ICT Director who "tried" to control things........

  8. #6


    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    In the server room, with the lead pipe.
    Posts
    4,638
    Thank Post
    275
    Thanked 778 Times in 605 Posts
    Rep Power
    223
    How many schools would have sufficient (financially justifiable) work for a (presumably non-teaching) person dealing with IT strategy?

    I mean, here we have an ICT Coordinator with responsibility for guiding curriculum use of IT, but they're a full-time teacher. Our IT strategy is a 3-way between him, me and $deputy_head, with input from interested parties on a per-project basis.

    Now for an academy or something ("parent" school and affiliated schools) I know of a few places where they've got a IT Director (+NM + techs at the main site) plus NM + techs at the other schools so efforts can be coordinated. However, $closest_place is run by lunatics, so I won't recommend you talk to them and the individual per-site heads often throw a tantrum and stategy takes a swan dive out of the window.
    Last edited by pete; 16th September 2009 at 10:07 PM.

  9. #7
    Diello's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Kent, England
    Posts
    1,063
    Thank Post
    112
    Thanked 228 Times in 128 Posts
    Rep Power
    74
    Director of IT Strategy?

    How many schools would have sufficient (financially justifiable) work for a (presumably non-teaching) person dealing with IT strategy?
    It's down to the importance the school places on IT at the end of the day. If IT is central to the ethos of the school in providing education, then yes, if it's more discrete, then no.

  10. Thanks to Diello from:

    KWestos (17th September 2009)

  11. #8

    bossman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,912
    Thank Post
    1,188
    Thanked 1,062 Times in 753 Posts
    Rep Power
    329
    Strategic leader of ICT? (SLICT)

  12. 2 Thanks to bossman:

    GrumbleDook (17th September 2009), KWestos (17th September 2009)

  13. #9
    KWestos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    520
    Thank Post
    91
    Thanked 54 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25
    How many schools here have a non-teaching ICT Director (or equivalent) who does not get involved in the nitty gritty of support. It would be interesting to find out!

  14. #10
    Hollie1985's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Sutton Coldfield
    Posts
    115
    Thank Post
    81
    Thanked 24 Times in 14 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    27
    Quote Originally Posted by KWestos View Post
    How many schools here have a non-teaching ICT Director (or equivalent) who does not get involved in the nitty gritty of support. It would be interesting to find out!
    not many schools I know of have a non-teaching ICT Director but lots of colleges do.
    Answering the job titles question- Strategic ICT co-ordinator, E Learning Co-ordinator, Strategic E Learning Development Manager some ideas there

  15. Thanks to Hollie1985 from:

    KWestos (17th September 2009)

  16. #11
    apoth0r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Northants
    Posts
    1,221
    Thank Post
    151
    Thanked 180 Times in 132 Posts
    Rep Power
    51
    That is the exact role that I am hoping to move towards within the next 5 years. Bringing the IT technical aspects and the curriculum needs together. It's an important role in this day and age and needs to be a lot more accepted then what it is.

  17. Thanks to apoth0r from:

    Hollie1985 (17th September 2009)

  18. #12
    KWestos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    520
    Thank Post
    91
    Thanked 54 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25
    Quote Originally Posted by apoth0r View Post
    That is the exact role that I am hoping to move towards within the next 5 years. Bringing the IT technical aspects and the curriculum needs together. It's an important role in this day and age and needs to be a lot more accepted then what it is.
    I fully agree. I've been a network manager here for just over two years and getting increasingly frustrated because the IT is so disjointed here. I want to pull it all together but don't have the time as the support takes all my time up.

    We have just become a specialist school, formed a trust partnership with another school my school will be expanding by almost a third in the next two years, so something needs to be done.

    My vision (I hate that word) is to adopt the other schools ICT provision, provide support for the feeders and provide a more focused approach to ICT. It's just how do I approach it. I have started to write a report, but it's just convincing the powers that be!

  19. #13
    apoth0r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Northants
    Posts
    1,221
    Thank Post
    151
    Thanked 180 Times in 132 Posts
    Rep Power
    51
    It's easy to say that IT support is providing the yes/no approach to requests but then you need the "what shall we do instead" appraoch to try to find a compromise.
    Some people don't need to hear the jargon behind how or why it is possible but hear that someone is there looking into a possible alternative.
    IT support does a fantastic job in most schools, but it's that bit in between that is often missing, not only is it then furthering the gap between teachers and technology but it's putting a fair few off it completely by simply hearing "no's" all the time.
    I'm sure it'll be a hard-worked position but at the end of the day, it's going to have to happen in most schools to keep the flow of technological improvement in schools, which can help schools turn around without flamboiant policy changes every year.

  20. #14
    mossj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Leicester
    Posts
    1,466
    Thank Post
    157
    Thanked 189 Times in 174 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    Stratigic Head of IT? (SHIT)

  21. 2 Thanks to mossj:

    bossman (17th September 2009), Lee_K_81 (17th September 2009)

  22. #15
    KWestos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    520
    Thank Post
    91
    Thanked 54 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25
    Quote Originally Posted by mossj View Post
    Stratigic Head of IT? (SHIT)
    I like it! I get that every day, but not the title

  23. Thanks to KWestos from:

    bossman (17th September 2009)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17th April 2009, 09:34 PM
  2. Internet Information services - IIS
    By flashsnaps in forum Windows
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 27th September 2008, 04:53 PM
  3. Head of Computer Services - Manchester
    By bodminman in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12th September 2008, 09:02 PM
  4. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 23rd April 2008, 10:33 PM
  5. Well said that head.
    By Dos_Box in forum General Chat
    Replies: 67
    Last Post: 4th April 2007, 08:01 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •