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ICT in schools: 2008 to 2011

Ofsted report into information and communication technology (ICT) and its effect on achievement and standards in schools.


ICT in schools: 2008 to 2011


Since the Education Reform Act of 1988, information and communication technology (ICT) has been compulsory for all pupils from 5 to 16 in maintained schools. This report draws on evidence from the inspection of ICT 167 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.

The report is split into two parts. Part A reports on the quality of the provision of ICT in primary and secondary schools and its impact on achievement and standards.

Part B explores seven issues arising from the survey evidence which focus on:

  • the effect of the use of assessment on pupils’ achievements and future success
  • the curriculum and qualifications in key stage 4
  • professional development of staff
  • e-safety
  • use of virtual learning environments availability of ICT resources
  • securing best value.

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Published 22 April 2013