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EdTech Review

Reviewing your EdTech Strategy

The effective use of Educational Technology is at the heart of what NAACE supports our membership with. We advocate for schools to take up the EdTech Review Framework (ERF) - a maturity model which helps schools to:

  • Understand where they are in their technology strategy
  • Plan the next stages of their technology strategy
  • Record their progress

We also offer two forms of recognition for schools once they have worked through the ERF:

  • NAACEMark is an award available to schools that have achieved at least level 2 across all elements of the NAACE EdTech Review Framework (ERF). Schools will be notified of the opportunity to apply for the NAACEMark Award via the ERF Online system once they have reached the required level.

  • The Third Millennium Learning Award (3MLA) enables schools to demonstrate how they are providing an education fit for the 21st century. It celebrates schools' achievements in creating an environment and curriculum that stimulate learning experiences, making use of the opportunities presented by technology. The Third Millennium Learning Award is the natural next step for schools that have gained the NAACEMark award.

We also have a team of highly skilled Assessors who can also support you and your school on your EdTech Journey, to find out more infomration abotu them and get in contact click here to view our Assessors

We've worked with countless schools since the ERF was first launched, check out these Case Studies to see how different institutions have adopted the Framework and used it to further develop their strategy and offering. 

Case Study from St Bede's Junior Catholic School

Case Study from Arab American University

Case Study from Forest View Primary School

The NAACE EdTech Review Framework

The NAACE EdTech Review Framework (ERF) is a maturity model which helps schools to:

  • Understand where they are in their technology strategy

  • Plan the next stages of their technology strategy

  • Record their progress

The framework has been in existence for over twenty years and is regularly updated to reflect the changing scene of technology in schools. The most recent update was in 2021. The information is available in two formats linked below.

There is a small annual cost associated with the online ERF tool, as it offers the following additional benefits:

  • Access for three staff members

  • Capacity to store evidence and progress notes from each staff member

  • Guidance throughout the process to help users

  • Ability to apply for assessment towards the NaaceMark award once the ERF has been passed

To date, over 16,000 schools have taken advantage of the ERF online system.



For more information on the ERF, or general enquiries, please contact our team at 

Naace ERF Overview

What is the NAACE ERF?

The NAACE EdTech Review Framework is a powerful online tool for school improvement through the use of Education Technology. It has been recognised by Education Technology leaders over the past seven years that the benchmarking process offered through NAACE’s online EdTech Review Framework (ERF) is the most effective way of determining where their school is in terms of education technology development and, more importantly, how best to plan the next steps in that development. Many head teachers and senior management personnel in ICT Mark award schools have also found ways in which the ERF provides a valuable educational tool to enable them to oversee the process and to support their school’s Education Technology team.​

Download the Essential Guide to Element 1 of the ERF – Leadership and Management

NAACE ERF Essential Guide - L&M 312Kb

The first edition of this Essential Guide was written in 2016 to match the EdTech Review Framework (ERF) criteria at that time. This second edition has been updated to match the new ERF criteria launched in September 2018. The term education technology has been used throughout as it encompasses IT, ICT and Computing and also matches the new ERF.

If your school wishes to contact an assessor for support please use the details here. NAACE does not suggest any priority in the order of names below, it is alphabetical. Any questions you have about arrangements for consultancy should be directed to the assessor you are considering. NAACE has no part in or responsibility for the arrangements made between a school and a consultant/assessor.

Using the EdTech review Framework - Overview Questions

The aim of these six questions is for schools to see which of the six Elements of the EdTech Review Framework (ERF), are least well developed in their school. They can then use this information to plan which elements of the ERF they start with.

Download the Overview Questions

ERF Overview Questions 636Kb

The Six Elements

The ERF is divided into six mutually supportive elements:

  1. Leadership and management
  2. Teaching and learning with technology
  3. Assessment of digital capability
  4. Digital safeguarding
  5. Professional development
  6. Resources and technology

​Download the ERF Framework for each of the six Elements

ERF Elements 2Mb

Ready to get started?

There are 3 simple steps you'll need to complete in order to access the new ERF:

  1. Create a NAACE School Member account here – this will give you access to the membership site - you may need to check Junk/Spam folders for your verification email
  2. OPTIONAL - Create individual accounts for 2 additional members of staff who need access to the SRF – this can be done here
  3. Contact when your accounts have been created and we'll complete the setup of your account for the ERF - you'll then receive an email with 48 hours with your account details

Link to Assessors