‘The DfE policy on ICT is there is no policy on ICT’

The DfE’s ‘schools know best’ policy on ICT, the role of Ofsted, and CPD were among the topics tackled at a recent Westminster Education Forum on the future of technology in schools. Bob Harrison was there.


“The DfE policy on ICT is there is no DfE policy on ICT.”

Lord Sutherland, in his role of chairman at a Westminster Education Forum event earlier this month, gave this withering assessment of the opening keynote by Tom Goldman, deputy head of standards at the Department for Education (DfE), when he had to go immediately after his presentation and leave Stephen Rogers, the DfE’s head of STEM policy, to answer any questions.

This is not news to headteachers, schools and those of us who became hooked on top-down interventions, ring-fenced funding and national strategies – and who are now coming to terms with a “schools know best” mantra from central government.

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