Information and Communication Technology (ICT) prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Students need to use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They should learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of ICT can promote initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.
Increasingly adults and students alike are using social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo more and more. It has been crucial for students to learn how to use ICT tools in a safe and responsible manner. This has included reducing the risk of infection by viruses, dangers of giving out personal information and the issues of making new friends online. We want to ensure that we our students can use ICT in a safe and responsible manner.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
At KS3 the ICT department will create independent thinkers, who are able to make and justify safe choices. We will provide a stimulating environment catering for the range of learning styles, abilities and backgrounds. For the ICT department, every child matters.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
ICT is a core subject in KS4 with the majority of year 10 students following the EdExcel Functional Skills qualification for one period per week.
The School also offers the EdExcel GCSE Full Course as an option for students as one of their choices for three periods per week.
In class, we refer to Edexcel GCSE ICT Student Book (GCSE ICT for Edexcel), which can be purchased from all good booksellers.