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COMPUTING & IT RESOURCES


Creating a Sustainable ICT Model in Multi Academy Trusts By Jesse Johnson


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big challenge facing the Heads, Principals and School Business Managers in today’s ever-changing world of technology is the struggle to balance a


sustainable ICT model with ever-increasing budget cuts. But for Multi-Academy Trusts, this issue brings a unique set of challenges – as well as opportunities. As well as directly reducing costs, enhancing learning and driving improvement,


Trust’s face the challenge of providing a consistent ICT provision across multiple academies, whilst balancing the need to increase collaboration, grow their Trust in a sustainable way and leverage their scale to achieve greater value for money. ICT should enable and enhance the Trust’s educational and organisational


objectives and vision. For learners, it needs to have a positive impact and create engagement and collaboration; for senior leaders it should help to deliver improvement and attainment across each of their academies. Moving to a cloud-based ICT model is the key to a sustainable and scalable ICT


provision. Multi-Academy Trusts can leverage cloud technologies to make use of collaboration and productivity platforms such as Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 to create consistency across individual academies. Transferring mission-critical services like MIS to the cloud also allows Multi-


Academy Trusts to reduce costs while enabling senior leaders to easily access the data they need to run their academy, or group of academies, effectively. With careful planning, a clear vision and engagement from the whole Trust


community, Multi-Academy Trusts can put themselves firmly in control of ICT with a model that allows them to grow in a sustainable way.


uVisit www.rm.com/trusts


JESSE JOHNSON, Head of Multi- Academy Trusts for RM Education


Since joining RM in 2000, Jesse has worked closely with educational establishments ranging from primary schools through to universities to provide ICT solutions that meet their needs. He now heads the team dedicated to developing services for Multi-Academy Trusts and other groups of schools. Jesse has an honours degree in public policy and has a keen interest in the constantly evolving landscape of UK education.


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December 2016


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