Financing ICT in schools – where does the money come from?

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(revised and edited on 19th January 2012)

Most schools now know that a good level of ICT is vital for the development of their pupils, but where does the money come from to finance it? 

 David Wybourne, sales director of Novatech took part in the Guardian ICT Leadership site’s Q&A webchat  with Sam Ellis, the ASCL’s funding specialist on Tuesday January 17 2012. It brought up some interesting debate and a lot of questions about the future of ICT in education. Click here to see the whole session and David’s tips for saving money on ICT.  

As digital literacy becomes ever-more important, the provision of ICT in schools is as critical as it is varied. While most headteachers would like to prioritise the level of spend on ICT, inevitably budgets are tight – and getting tighter.

All forward-looking schools understand the importance of keeping pace with technology, in terms of attracting pupils in the first place and then having the ability to develop those pupils to successfully enter an increasingly technological world, but where does the money come from?

More creative financing ideas could be the answer. But how can new approaches to fund-raising make a difference? What are the best ways to maximise a shrinking budget? How can the procurement process be streamlined – or overhauled – to offer real cost-effectiveness? And where does the responsibility for it all lie?

Answering these questions and many others will be Sam Ellis, the funding specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). A former teacher, deputy and acting headteacher, Sam took up his current post at the ASCL in September 2010, representing, supporting and training members, as well as developing a range of funding and curriculum analysis tools.

Sam will be joined by Novatech’s sales director David Wybourne.

Sam and David will be here – live – to answer your queries between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesday 17 January. You can post questions in advance on the Guardian site here, or join us for the Q&A on the day.

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