Setting your digital strategy: where to start

Creating a digital strategy is much easier if you consider it as part of your wider school or trust improvement planning. Find guidance and resources to help you get started.

Last reviewed on 1 August 2023
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  1. What is a digital strategy?
  2. Why do you need a digital strategy?
  3. You might not need to buy anything
  4. Start with your school vision and strategic priorities
  5. Link your digital strategy to your school improvement plan
  6. Get feedback from stakeholders
  7. Review the technology you're currently using
  8. It's a continuous process
  9. Find more resources

This article is aimed at school leaders.

If you lead a school which is part of a multi-academy trust (MAT), this article is still for you, but double check:

  • If your trust already sets a trust-wide strategy
  • What your role is when it comes to developing this strategy

What is a digital strategy?

A digital strategy is an action plan for how you can use technology to work more effectively in your school.

Although your digital strategy should primarily focus on improving learning outcomes for your pupils, it can also have wider benefits, such as improving staff wellbeing or saving you money in the long term.

There are many different ways technology can help you achieve this goal. For example:

  • Increasing pupil engagement in lessons
  • Supporting effective assessment and feedback
  • Providing greater accessibility for pupils with SEND
  • Reducing workload for teachers
  • Improving communication (with staff, pupils, and/or parents)

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