In an OFSTED report focussing on ICT in schools between 2008-2011, they pointed out that key factors in achieving good or outstanding for teaching and learning were as follows:

  • Well-judged pace was sustained throughout the lesson, with effective strategies for maintaining all pupils’ engagement at a high level, even through periods of time when data needed to be uploaded or equipment had to be changed.
  • Teachers had excellent subject knowledge and teaching assistants were well informed and briefed.
  • Consistent attention was paid to reinforcing pupils’ understanding and their use of key words.
  • Planning was thorough and detailed, with particular attention to meeting the different requirements of individual pupils.
  • Clear and explicit learning objectives were proposed and then discussed with pupils and displayed throughout the lesson.
  • Safe working was emphasised at all times and with all resources.
  • A range of equipment and resources was available wherever pupils were learning, including laptops, cameras, recorders and alternative operating systems.
  • Excellent use was made of interactive whiteboards to recap and review in a fast-paced manner, and to introduce new learning in a highly motivating, stimulating format.
  • Opportunities were available for pupils to experience ‘real world’ ICT use outside school.
  • Teachers encouraged pupils to be independent and to make sensible choices about appropriate equipment and materials for their task.
  • Questions were used skilfully to challenge and extend learning.
  • Formative assessment, through a variety of means, was an integral part of each lesson and self- and peer-assessment were actively promoted.
  • Explicit links were made with key learning points in other subjects and most especially in literacy and numeracy.

To read the full report, click here.