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Digital Strategy Standards

Digital strategy is something that we are passionate about at NetSupport. Technology in schools is too important and expensive to leave to chance. Since we published the last iteration of our Digital Strategy Guide, the Government has created a helpful set of digital standards guidance documents for schools to follow. Its advice is broad but helpful. The section focusing on Digital leadership and governance standards’ makes several key actionable points clear. 

1. Designate a senior leadership role for digital strategy:

This critical step ensures a clear leadership role focused on integrating digital technology within the school’s strategic planning. The designated leader will oversee the technology’s alignment with educational goals and manage its implementation effectively. Our solution, NetSupport DNA, enables them to administer their digital strategy effectively. Its management features provide a clear overview of technology use, helping the designated leader align tech with educational goals. 

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2. Maintain accurate technology inventory records:

An accurate inventory of digital assets is essential for informed decision-making and avoiding unnecessary expenditure. NetSupport DNA automates this process, offering detailed reports on hardware and software assets, simplifying the maintenance of technology inventory records and ensuring financial efficiency. 

3. Integrate digital technology into disaster recovery plans:

The guidance emphasises how important it is to include digital infrastructure in the school’s disaster recovery and business continuity planning. This is essential for minimising disruption to teaching and learning activities in the event of a cyber-attack or other technology-related incidents. Whilst NetSupport DNA and NetSupport School are not disaster recovery solutions per se, their ability to provide real-time monitoring and alerts can be invaluable in identifying potential issues before they escalate. NetSupport DNA‘s IT asset management capabilities, along with the hardware and software inventory capabilities in the technician tools found in NetSupport School and classroom.cloud, ensure that technology used in teaching and learning is effectively maintained and supported, reducing the risk of technology-related disruptions. 

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4. Regularly review and update the digital strategy:

The digital strategy should not be static. It requires annual reviews to ensure it remains relevant and effective. This process should assess the impact of current technologies and identify emerging needs, allowing the school to adjust the strategy accordingly to meet the evolving educational and technological landscape. Both NetSupport DNA and NetSupport School offer data-driven insights that can inform the continuous review and refinement of a school’s digital strategy. NetSupport DNA‘s reporting tools provide analytics on technology usage, security risk and cost-saving opportunities, while NetSupport School‘s feedback tools can help evaluate the effectiveness of technology in teaching and learning processes. 

5. Prioritise cybersecurity measures:

With cyber threats increasing, schools must implement robust cybersecurity measures. This includes regular software updates and secure password policies, as well as educating staff and students about the importance of cybersecurity. NetSupport DNA includes a range of features designed to enhance a school’s cybersecurity and safeguarding provision. Its internet safety tools, application and internet metering, and restriction capabilities ensure that students are protected from harmful content when online, while also providing the data necessary to educate them on safe internet practices.

6. Focus on professional development in digital skills:

Continuous professional development in digital technologies for staff is essential to enable them to make the most of it in their roles. Training should focus on both using existing technologies effectively and integrating new tools into the curriculum. NetSupport School excels in supporting professional development for teachers by providing them with the tools to deliver engaging and interactive lessons. Its ability to facilitate real-time assessment, monitoring and collaboration in the classroom enhances teaching and learning experiences and helps educators to develop their digital competencies.

Incorporating these guidelines into your school’s digital strategy ensures a comprehensive approach to technology integration that is both strategic and responsive to the needs of your setting. By considering these actionable points, you can enhance your digital infrastructure, safeguard against potential risks, and, most importantly, enhance students’ learning experiences while helping to reduce colleagues’ workloads with digital tools that support teaching and learning.