Experts in leading innovation and change in IT


We are one of the partners in delivering a leadership programme for schools on ICT called EXite – Exploiting Information Technology in Education. Targeted directly at supporting leaders in schools, it is led by two of the directors of the original SLICT programme – Mike Briscoe of IET Associates and Hannah Jones of Connecting Learning – and has won the support and backing of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the partnership of the Independent Academies Association (IAA):

EXite is designed to support leaders and their workforce to think through the issues of the changes in technology and learning; adopt new approaches for their schools; review best practice and plan for sustainable change. It has been designed by our two recently formed companies, Connecting Learning and IET Associates.

IET Associates, Connecting Learning and our other colleagues have unparalleled experience at national levels in delivering high-quality programmes that bring together the leadership agenda, technology potential and pragmatic, high-quality peer support. Mike and Hannah were both directors of the highly influential SLICT programme that over seven years reached more than 13,000 school leaders and developed a strong national and International reputation.

EXite brings together best practice and utilises the expertise of leaders within successful schools and academies. It provides professional development for school leaders to review the use of, strategically plan for and embed new technologies in their schools in order to achieve better learning outcomes and raise standards.

EXite includes face-to-face professional development days, online materials, toolkits, resources and Skype workshops – all of which will be led by experts and school leaders from the EXite team. All programmes will be delivered over approximately four months and are generally delivered in schools or academies.

Please register to find more information about EXite at

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NAHT positively welcomes this news. Members have seen that there is a gap since the ending of the excellent SLICT programme and NAHT are pleased to be engaged with EXite and is sure its members will gain great value from it. School leaders are looking to lead and manage technology well and will value the credibility of the two organisations behind this new programme.

Russell Hobby,
NAHT General Secretary

Keeping ICT up to date is expensive and school leaders cannot afford to waste resources. They need the right tools and information to strategically plan how they can use available technology to best improve teaching and learning. ASCL is delighted to support the EXite programme launch and we encourage our members to find out more.

Brian Lightman,
General Secretary of the
Association of School and College Leaders