Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

ICT in ITT project

Exploring the Use of ICT in ITT

This report outlines the findings of the evaluation of the TDA’s programme for funding ICT in ITT between 2003 and 2008. This page contains a number of video case studies and document downloads, as well as other resources developed. The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) was a body responsible for the initial and in-service training of teachers and other school staff in England from 2005-2012.

Completed Projects
Digital and post-digital learning
Higher Education


This evaluation focused on assessing the ICT in ITT programme's impact on trainers and trainees and the organisations and schools in which they were based. The final report builds on and is informed by case studies of six ITT providers undertaken in January 2009 and two previous reports: an analysis of ITT providers' application and evaluation documentation from the programme between 2005 and 2008; and a detailed analysis of a survey of 95 respondents from ITT providers undertaken in November and December 2008.

"ICT tended to be in 'that room', but now I would say it is throughout the whole curriculum, as you would want it to be."


During the programme 216 ITT providers received funding. In the last year for which full data was available (2006-07) ITT providers reported that some 13,222 trainees had been directly involved in, or were beneficiaries of, these projects. The highest number of participants in one project was 904 with the mean being 189. Overall, 1,515 schools were said to have been involved in projects in that one year.

Pre-project planning tool

This tool allows project leaders to assess the key mediating and moderating factors before implementing an ICT-based project for teaching and learning purposes. It is not intended to be prescriptive but it is evidence-based, being derived from the evaluation of ICT projects funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) in the period 2004-2008.

View the Pre-Project Planning document

The So What Factor

This paper arose out of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) information and communication technology (ICT) in initial teacher training (ITT) impact evaluation project 2008/09. It is intended to provide an accessible resource and practical ideas and models for evaluating the impact of a technology intervention from their inception to completion.

View the So What Factor document

Case Studies

Professor Mark Hadfield (now Cardiff University) gives an overview of the case studies undertaken with the project.