Achievements to Date 2014-15

 

Over the past year Naace has continued to pursue activities that focus around the needs of members and on sharing the “voice” of members with national governments and with industry.

 

The Association has in the past year further developed the core parts of its business.

 

Membership

  • Offered free membership to all in initial training to teach and on a number of other nationally recognised training programmes who are interested in using technology to enhance education. We have continued to work towards creating a more inclusive organisation
  • Offered subsidised membership to schools registering to use the Self Review Framework for school improvement, and negotiated a value offering from sponsoring partners that enables schools who wish to take advantage of these offers the chance to recover the cost of their Naace subscription
  • Developed further the Self Review Framework tool online – to help schools improve their ICT provision and to facilitate their access to the ICTMark, and provided all members with free access to the tool as an added value membership service
  • Developed partnerships with other organisations to add services to members including, but not limited to, working with Fujistu and Intel on their Ambassador programmes and with DigitalMe on the Computing Badges and Open Badge Academy
  • Continued with the Naace ICT Impact Awards
  • Continued to update and improved the website to meet the requirements of its members and the public
  • Continued to engage with members by
  • inviting them to join ICTCPD4free
    • continuing to encourage members to actively take part in building the success of the Association by inviting them to volunteer their time and expertise to help in a number of tasks
  • Worked closely with Naace Fellows and Members to seek their views on various matters including, but not limited to,
    • Naace PDE
    • Naace Curriculum Framework
    • Naace Badges
    • Naace  responses to government consultation
  • In response to new market conditions:
    • provided a free of charge recruitment service on its website
    • bundled membership with attendance fees at major Naace events or within the fees of Naace products

 

Accreditation & CPD

  • Enhanced its role as a quality assurance agency by:
    • Continuing to operate the ICT Mark
    • Providing support to schools undertaking the accreditation, and support for assessors of that scheme
    • Continuing a process towards achieving ISO 9001
  • Continued to offer and maintain resources inherited from Becta
  • Continued to be a host for the ICT Research Network
  • Continued to review the NaaceMark for Service Providers scheme introducing additional benefits for NMSPs such as the opportunities to deliver some of Naace’s products and services
  • Developed Naace Regional Delivery Partners as a new opportunity for members to collaborate and cooperate in reaching schools with an improvement agenda focussed on the advantages of IT
  • Continued to support the 3rd Millennium Award to enable schools to demonstrate how they are providing an education fit for the 21st century

 

  • Continued to deliver free of charge online CPD courses through its www.ictcpd4free.co.uk
  • Continued the development of a Naace PDE accreditation of quality course event provision, tutors and course description
  • Continued to:
    • deliver high quality face-to-face professional development opportunities
    • make available to members blended learning experiences that extend learning opportunities.
    • further enabled remote participation in face-to-face events through the use of online technology and social media
  • Encouraged and engaged members in research based projects and CPD using methods including personal research, face-to-face, blended and online courses including e.g.  The Primary ICT Subject Leaders Course
  • Continued the Naace ICT Impact awards to celebrate successful work in ICT in schools and other organisations

 

Partnership with the industry

  • Enhanced our relationship with industry to provide a unique partnership by:
    • hosting three education briefing events for sponsoring partners of Naace
    • new ways of engagement through new initiatives and marketing opportunities to maximise promotional opportunities for partners
    • developed partnership products with sponsors such as the Naace Computing Badge

 

 

    • encouraging sponsors to actively participate in Naace events including the Annual Conference and training events; inviting sponsors to help us in developing new offerings such as the Naace Essential Guides (e-Guides) which have been provided as a service to members

 

Partnership with other stakeholder groups

  • Collaborated with an increased number of schools across the UK
  • Encouraged schools to share their good practice and celebrate their success by participation in the 3rd Millennium agenda and entering for the Naace Impact Awards
  • Continued to develop relationships with new groups of schools including academies, free and independent schools offering them help and guidance
  • Actively engaged as a full member of the Council for Subject Associations
  • Worked with the RAEng to further the cause of Computer Education through the UKForCE group
  • To consider how good practice can be shared more readily Naace met with:
    • NAHT
    • CAS
    • BCS
    • BESA
    • MIRANDANET
    • ASCL
    • ISBA

in the UK, and:

    • Continued its engagement with ISTE and overseas
    • Invited representatives from outside the UK to the Naace Annual Strategic Conference

In addition, Naace has been actively engaged and continues to commit to the following:

  • The effective use of online tools to extend interaction between members
  • Extended use by members of the Naace online community enabling the greater sharing of knowledge and practice, collaboration on and contribution to Naace responses to key educational policies and papers
  • Acting as the voice of the community and contributing to influencing policy development including attendance at meetings including, but not limited to, the ETAG established by DFE, the English and Welsh Ministers for Education, Westminster Forums, the National Education Network managers group, Stakeholder Groups for the English and Welsh National Curriculum review, review of the Self-Review Framework for ICT, and the Scottish ICT Development Group;
  • Partnerships and projects with industry, research organisations, and other bodies to expand member services and assist with transformation process
  • Research and publication work including, but not limited to, the continuation of the Naace online journal Advancing Education;

Attendance at Trade Shows including, but not limited to, NEEC, BETT, bMobLe, E2BN Conference, Frog Conference, SWGfL.

 

Public Benefit Statement

The trustees have paid regard to the Charity Commission guidance on public benefit when deciding activities to undertake and the focus they should take.

 

In particular, in assessing the contribution that Naace makes for public benefit, members of the public and other agencies were able to:

  • Continue to apply membership for students, NQTs, other trainees and retired persons at significantly reduced or more commonly free rates
  • Access free of charge online training materials for all ICT practitioners
  • Freely download Naace’s self-review documentation for organisations wishing to review their quality procedures
  • Freely download the self-review documentation for international schools looking to develop and review their systems
  • Access resources for the delivery of extensive primary classroom teaching materials
  • Host a Naace Advocates session and receive free training and a free DVD with valuable resources
  • Benefit from the delivery of consultation and review of policy for the advancement of Computing/ICT
  • Receive support in developing strategies and policies for the advancement of Computing/ICT in education
  • Receive opportunities for professional development through a broad range of engagements
  • Benefit from exchanges between agencies and suppliers to ensure value for money services for educational users such as the Microsoft Select Agreement for schools
  • Engage in a debate to ensure check and balance in the development of Computing/ICT policy in education; Attend free events drawing out the views of the community with regard to the future of technology and the development of a Computing Curriculum in schools

Additionally Naace has:

  • Worked with students from Universities to develop their understanding of the new Computing Curriculum
  • Provided sponsorship for TeachMeet, KidsMeet and other small scale local events to support widening access for practitioners.

 

Downloads:

Naace Accounts

Naace AGM Minutes 26 March 2015