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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Contents
  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 vision and strategic priorities
  5. Get feedback from stakeholders
  6. Review the technology you're currently using
  7. It's a continuous process
  8. Find more resources

This article is aimed at multi-academy trust (MAT) leaders in the central team.

If you're a school leader within a MAT or are in a single academy trust, click on the 'school leaders' tab above.

What is a digital strategy?

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

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 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)

There is a wide range of educational technology and digital tools now available, but they won't