The school ICT policy is an essential part of your school’s strategic planning for the ICT integration implementation. It is the school’s vision and mission in relation to this which will drive it, but the way in which it is written will make a difference.
A good way to start thinking about it is to ask yourself what you would have liked to known about ICT when you first started working at the school.
You need to remember that it needs to provide students and new members of staff with assistance for their planning and delivery of ICT.
The following 8 suggestions by Fox (2003, p. 34) will provide you with further guidance.
8 Great tips for writing the School ICT policy
- Consult and talk to as many stakeholders as possible. These include new members of staff, teaching colleagues, head teachers and senior management along with school governors. Don’t forget you are also a stakeholder too.
- Examine examples of existing policies.
- Reread the present school ICT policy.
- Draft a new version of the ICT policy and if you get stuck on the wording of a section, then leave it and go onto the next section, then come back to it later.
- Think about the internal logic of what you have written. Does each point seem to follow on naturally from the last?
- Engage the help of a critical friend who knows relatively little about primary schools and primary ICT. What does your friend think of it? If you find yourself having to explain things, consider what the implications of that are, and make whatever revisions you think are necessary.
- Present your ICT policy document at a staff meeting, as a draft for discussion and further amendment. Try not to let it be the last agenda item. Listen to what your colleagues have to say; you will almost certainly have left out something that someone else thinks is vital.
- Act upon suggestions given – remember that the goal is embedded practice and sense of shared ownership.
Your school ICT Policy should speak to parents and the public along with your colleagues about the school will develop a child's ICT capability whilst in its care. So it is important that it is written well so that everyone understands it clearly and that they, especially the teaching staff, have a sense of ownership over it.