Meeting the DfE's digital and technology standards

Get an overview of how your school or trust's IT services and equipment should meet the DfE's minimum standards. See how you can monitor your current provision and learn what leaders should prioritise next, so you can hold them to account.

Last reviewed on 2 May 2024See updates
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  1. This guidance helps leaders make informed decisions
  2. Know what to prioritise
  3. Standards your school/trust should already be meeting
  4. Standards to meet as soon as possible
  5. Standards to meet when your school/trust needs to replace its current solution

This article is based on the DfE’s guidelines for meeting IT services and digital equipment standards.

Stay strategic

Use this overview to get an understanding of the DfE's digital standards. This may be as a part of your job as the ICT link governor, or as part of another role on the board.

Remember, your role is strategic, so many of the action points here will be completed by your school or trust leaders. Your role is likely to be to scrutinise decisions made by leaders in order to hold them to account.

See the 'next steps' sections to see how you can monitor the processes effectively. 

This guidance helps leaders make informed decisions

Unless the standards relate to specific legislation, they're not statutory requirements. However,

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