ICT

Welcome to the ICT Department

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:

a.      make choices about when and where it is appropriate to exploit technology to support them in their learning and everyday life

b.      work creatively and collaboratively

c.       be independent, discriminating and reflective when choosing when to use technology

d.      apply ICT to real-world situations when solving problems and carrying out a range of tasks and enquiries

e.      share their views and experiences of ICT, considering the range of its uses and its significance to individuals, communities and society

f.       use ICT in other subjects and areas of learning with contexts that are relevant and interesting to them

At Key Stage 3 pupils will undertake the following courses to build and develop their current ICT skills:

  • BCS E-safety (Level 1)
  • Preparation for Edexcel Functional Skills ICT (Entry/Level 1)

Key Stage 4

The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:

a.      make choices about when and where it is appropriate to exploit technology to support them in other areas of learning and everyday life

b.      work creatively and collaboratively, taking different roles in teams

c.       be independent, discriminating and reflective when choosing when to use technology

d.      use ICT to manage themselves, their work and their learning

e.      apply ICT to real-world situations when solving problems and carrying out a range of tasks and  enquiries

f.       use initiative to find out about and exploit the potential of more advanced or new ICT tools and information sources

g.      evaluate their experiences of using ICT, considering the range of its uses and its significance to individuals, communities and society

h.      use ICT in other subjects and areas of learning with contexts that are relevant and interesting to them

A range of ICT qualifications are available to pupils based on their level of ICT skills and ability. They are:

  • Edexcel Functional Skills - Entry, Levels 1 & 2
  • ECDL for Schools