Complying with DfE’s digital and technology standards

The Department for Education (DfE) updated its digital and technology standards last month, adding content in three areas. We look at the DfE’s goals, how pragmatically academies can improve technology standards, the recent changes, and how academy trust leaders can prioritise what they need to do. The Department for Education (DfE) first published its digital … Read more

How Microsoft is helping Academies #4: better communication and collaboration

This is the fourth and final blog in which Natasha Epton explores some of the ways Microsoft is improving teaching and learning. The first three blogs looked at time-savers, tools that help with language and comprehension, and improving access to resources. This blog looks at improving communication and collaboration.   Whether as educator, colleague, or … Read more

AI: what MATs and academies should know and be doing

AI: what MATs and academies should know and be doing

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is already happening around us. But it’s a far cry from Hollywood’s disturbing depiction of sentient machines with human-like intelligence, emotions, and behaviours. Stephen Sanderson looks at what’s happening, how it is helping educators, and what academies need to do to make the most of it.   Surprisingly, AI isn’t new. … Read more

How Microsoft is helping Academies #2: tools that improve language and comprehension

This is the second in a series of blogs, in which Natasha Epton looks at some of the great tools Microsoft provides to help teaching and learning. Last time we looked at tools that help save time. In this blog, we’ll look at three ways Microsoft helps teachers improve pupils’ language skills. This blog outlines … Read more

How Microsoft is helping Academies #1: time savers for teaching and admin staff

More and more academies now use Microsoft 365. Beneath the surface, there’s an impressive array of little-known capabilities and features that can transform the lives of academy staff. In this, the first of a series of blogs, Natasha Epton looks at three ways Microsoft can make more time for staff. Powerful toolsWhen a Multi-Academy Trust … Read more

Cyber-attack – a board level consideration to safeguard your students


The most common entry points for cyber-attacks are either due to weakness in technology or weakness in people. In this article, Daniel Smart outlines why focussing on both are essential to mitigate potentially catastrophic circumstances. N.B. This blog is based on an e-book we published recently entitled: “Cyber Security – Briefing Notes for Education Executives.” … Read more