What do your staff really want?
Since starting at a new school last year it's become apparent that there is a huge scope for improvement in IT provision here. I knew this was the case to a certain extent when I interviewed, and it was part of what attracted me to the post. Nevertheless, I'm at the point where I will need to start putting my budget proposal together soon (our budget year runs from September, so no, I'm not late!). While I have a bunch of ideas about what to do, I know it can't be a complete list of the possibilities, it probably won't match up exactly with what the teachers want, and of course there's a snowball's chance in hell that I'll be given the money to do everything.
To address this, I am thinking about doing some formal research with teachers at my school about their current use of ICT, what benefits they personally see from their ICT use, what the barriers exist that prevent them from using it more, and what improvements they think would benefit T&L most. My thinking at this point is to run a couple of focus groups with volunteers from different parts of the school, analyse the results to identify themes, and follow up with a whole-school survey.
Has anyone done anything like this before in their school, or knows of similar studies? I'd be very interested to hear what sort of consultation other schools do with their teaching staff as in my last school we did very little because IT development was heavily driven by SMT. I'm also interested in how you do it (sit-down discussion, surveys, ask for suggestions by email, informal ad-hoc chats, etc)