ICT Advisory Service

The ICT Advisory Service has been designed to specifically to support school Principals and senior executive to obtain a trusted and independent view of their school's current ICT capacity.

This highly regarded service has been available since 2013 with over 125 Independent Schools having opted into this process since its inception. This ICT Advisory Service provides experienced independent consulting with a view to determining key recommendations for the continuous improvement of your school’s ICT capacity. The service is designed to compliment your school's ICT Strategy. The ICT Advisory Service applies a rigorous process of inquiry and tests the robustness of the school’s current approach with a focus on specific agreed areas for further development.

Suit your school's needs

The scope of the service is highly customised to the specific needs of the school through consultation with the Principal and/or their delegate. The Principal may request specific areas for review such as:

  • ICT Strategy
  • Risks associated with ICT
  • ICT Management
  • Infrastructure (eg. approaches to consider moving to embrace cloud)
  • ICT support services (eg. Helpdesk and Audio-Visual resource capacity)
  • Communication effectiveness
  • Device strategy (staff and/or students)
  • ICT staffing structure and position descriptions
  • Key applications (eg. Learning Management and/or School Management System)
  • ICT team performance
  • ICT leadership
  • ICT integration
  • Third party contracts and procurement
  • ICT policy and procedures
  • Documentation
  • Professional learning

You control the process -

Working with you every step of the way

Through an initial engagement our Head: Technology and Online Learning collaborates with the Principal and/or their delegate to carefully scope the service and develop the statement of work. Depending on the scope of the engagement the implementation typically involves several one or more day's effort including, small group interviews (usually with teachers and school admin staff and sometimes involves small groups of students, parents and/or members of the school Board/Council, as requested).

The school visit includes observation of key elements agreed to in the scope often including; 

  • the helpdesk in action 
  • documentation (eg. policies) 
  • a high level analysis of core infrastructure (eg. servers; switching WiFi, firewall)
  • key processes such as confirming the back up schedule. 

An Executive Summary is compiled and discussed before the confidential Final Report is drafted and presented to the relevant audience.

Make informed decisions

At the conclusion of the engagement, Principals and ICT leaders often comment on their high degree of satisfaction with the ICT Advisory Service and its capacity to help them make sense of their school's current situation. The report identifies key recommendations in an understandable, non-technical format. This process assists Principals and ICT leaders to make informed strategic decisions about the school’s ICT Strategy.

Independent and impartial advice

A particular feature of this service is that AISNSW has no vested interest with any vendor or other party and therefore is solely focused on delivering an independent, confidential and robust ICT Advisory Service to inform the Principal about the school's current ICT capacity whilst making sensible recommendations that address the school's current and future needs.