Assessment without a visit (only applicable to international schools)
You can choose this option to save on the cost of assessor expenses. The process is still rigorous and involves online contact with your assessor on the day of the assessment. In order to get a full feel for the range and depth of your provision the following six elements make up the assessment; the first five of these are the same as for UK schools that undertake an ICT Mark renewal without assessor visit:
- Commentary: the commentary that you provide in the Self-review Framework is very important to the assessor. All aspects need notes that will show the assessor how you have met the threshold level for the award. There are some notes in the faq about this.
- Inspection report(s): you will need to provide copies of any recent (last three years) independent inspection reports.
- Website: please provide the url for your school website.
- Documentation: when your assessor has read your Self-review Framework he/she may request additional supporting documentation such as development plans, policies or action plans. It is not intended that you will need to create anything in addition to your normal school practice.
- Video tour: Please provide a visual snapshot of the work of the school by providing a photo tour of the school at work (this could be video, stills, taken by staff or pupils, with or without audio recordings). It is not intended that this should be a substantial response- more a record of what a visitor with an interest in ICT might see on a 30 minute tour of the school.
- Video call: On the day of the assessment schools need to have available key members of the school community for video dialogue with the assessor via Skype or other live online medium. The assessor will be in touch to set this up with you, agree timings and who needs to be present; it is important that a stable and reliable connection be available for this as it is a key element of the assessment. Typically the assessor will ask to speak to the head teacher, other teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, governors and pupils.