Assessments in the online SRF tool
New functionality has been enabled in the online tool to handle the ICT Mark assessment process. The use of the SRF remains unchanged but all stages of the assessment process from the allocation of the assessment to you, through your emails to the school and your actual assessment report are now handled by the tool. There is a guide to the process in the walk through document below. As always the ICT Mark team will be happy to talk you through any matters arising.
Code of Practice and Guidance for Assessors
The work of assessors is governed by a code of practice to which all assessors are party. This is supported by a guidance document. Information about assessors and the areas and phases in which they operate is collected via the pen portrait form, see below for these forms:
Guidance for Assessors writing ICT Mark assessment reports
The following points were discussed in the ICT Mark assessor conferences and represent good practice in writing reports.
- Please write Commentary in short paragraphs, each separated by a line space. Please do not use bullets.
- Please write Strengths and Areas for Development as a series of bullet points. Generally three or more bullets that have been discussed with the school during the visit.
- In the Strengths and Areas for Development answer the ‘what’ and ‘why’ questions but be guarded about the ‘how’. It is a matter for your professional judgement to gauge the extent to which you guide a school but do not recommend any specific ‘branded’ or commercial solutions.
- Please remember to add contextual evidence to your commentary. Quotes from those you spoke to or examples of their practice that amplify your commentary bring a report to life and are appreciated by the school.
- Remember that your audience encompasses the whole school community- your observations will almost certainly be widely shared.
- Steer clear of acronyms and jargon.
- See below for a very simple style guide
Example assessment report
A blank copy of an ICT Mark assessment report can be downloaded below for your reference, however the final copy should be submitted within the online tool at www.naacesrf.com.
ICT Mark renewals
Schools may optionally renew their ICT Mark without the need for an assessor visit to the school thus reducing the fee to schools. This option is targeted at schools that have continually maintained their self-review process and made clearly documented progress on their areas for development.
This option will only be available for schools when the last assessment was conducted with an assessor visit and they are:
- either renewing within the 3 year period
- or renewing within 12 months of the expiry date.
Self-review Framework Guidance document
The document below contains the text that appears in the Self-review Framework tool when users click the ‘About this Aspect’ button on each page. This text can be added to or modified to take account of new resources as they appear.