Pupils are taught in their form groups for two 1 hour lessons per fortnight, throughout the school year. The groups are mixed ability and number from 20 - 25 students. Transferable skills, literacy and numeracy are integrated into the curriculum, alongside E-Safety and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Students are taught in networked ICT rooms, which have interactive whiteboards and air conditioning, Each student has access to his or her own computer.
The content of lessons covers Computer Science, ICT and Digital Literacy. Current Year 9 students are working towards the BCS ECDL qualification. The students who complete the certification in Year 9 will have the choice to complete a second qualification within our subject at Key Stage 4. .
ICT is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 4, as we feel it develops valuable life skills, particularly in terms of students becoming independent and discerning users of ICT. We also strive to ensure that students are able to make informed judgements relating to both the use and its implications for individuals, organisations and society in general. Currently, the Year 10 Curriculum centres on the BCS ECDL course. Although the Edexcel GCSE IT course is delivered to EBACC students. We also offer Edexcel GCSE Computing as an option choice in Key Stage 4.
KS3 groups (Years 7 & 8) are of mixed ability. Consequently, schemes of work and tasks are differentiated to cater for a range of abilities. As the majority of the work in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is of a practical nature, it is especially important that all lessons are pitched at an appropriate level. Homework is set frequently to consolidate a topic learnt in class, or as an investigation for a future lesson.
Along with this, identified students, benefit from in-class support.
In addition, students following the school’s vocational pathway (Pathway 2) are allocated increased curriculum time in the area of ICT in order to facilitate their success at GCSE.
Extra- curricular support is also available for any student that requires it. These sessions are normally held on a Tuesday evening after school or any lunch time at request of the students. .