The ICT department consists of nine fully equipped ICT suites. IT1 was opened in September 2003 by the Rt. Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, and is an example of how the school is investing in improving the learning environment.
All teaching suites have sufficient computers for each student to have their own; each class has a laser printer networked to their work station. Teachers have their own laptop computers for lesson preparation, which, together with interactive whiteboards and ceiling mounted projectors, provides a stimulating and highly motivating environment within which the students can learn.
More about ICT
The school network consists of a gigabit fibre backbone and a leased-line Internet supply from the East Midlands Broadband Consortium. This provides each student with fast access to the Internet and e-mail, with the added security of filtering controls from EMBC and more specific controls monitored by our own technical department, which comprises three Qualified IT Technicians and a Network Manager.
Our ICT suites are located throughout the College ensuring that ICT facilities are available to all departments at all times, not just when students have ICT lessons. It is a whole school approach which is co-ordinated by Mr Fish and Mrs Sahin.
Each ICT room has software which can view the students screen and allows direct communication from the teacher's desk to make suggestions, correct and improve work, as well as monitoring the tasks the students are performing to ensure they are in line with their instructions.
Students are banded by ability throughout all of the year groups. We find this allows us to use our resources effectively and target work to stretch students' abilities. It also enables us to target support where it is needed most.
We believe lessons should be student centred, with the emphasis on learning by doing and with extension and enrichment of the curriculum. As a Technology College we are making increased use of the many ICT developments.
Homework and assessment
Homework is set regularly. At Key Stage 3 students complete homework tasks on the schools Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). At Key Stage 4 students are expected to complete coursework as required by their subject teacher. However at Key Stage 4 students will not be set discreet ICT homework it will be the students’ responsibility to access extra curricular ‘drop in’ sessions which run almost every night to complete their work. Students' progress is assessed every 4-6 weeks, so an accurate level can be applied to their work at any time.
Extra curricular activities
Extra curricular classes are run at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Informal study areas are provided at break and lunch times for students who wish to do extra work.
The following courses are offered at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11):
OCR Nationals in ICT level 2 covering the following units
Unit 1 ICT skills for business
Unit 2 Webpage creation
Unit 4 Design and produce multimedia products
Unit 5 Desktop publishing
Unit 6 Spreadsheets - design and use
Unit 8 Technological innovation and e-commerce
Unit 13 IT Systems and user needs
Unit 20 Creating animation for the WWW using ICT
Unit 21 Creating computer graphics
Unit 22 Creating sound using ICT
Unit 23 Creating video
In Key Stage 3 we follow the National ICT Strategy which caters for pupils in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.
How do we help your child?
We offer additional learning support both in class, as provided by our IT trained Teaching Assistants and after school on a one to one basis. More able students are also encouraged to attend the after school sessions where extra and more challenging work can be discussed in a relaxed environment. Our system of marking and monitoring is integrated into a whole year database, where other IT specialists have access to student files for moderation purposes. Teachers share the burden of lesson preparation, which ensures each student receives the best advice from the subject specialist, be that Programming, Planning and Systems Design, Modelling or Business Application and Integration.
How can you help your child?
Encourage your child to do their homework on a computer and to develop skills using the application packages. Try to deter the use of a computer as merely a games machine. It is much more than that! Support your child's teacher by encouraging their use of Internet Search Engines and by quoting the source of their information if it is 'cut & pasted'. Encourage your child to use Spreadsheets to manage their money, word processing to write reports and Desk Top Publishing for leaflets. Slide presentation software can be great fun and can also help in a job interviews.
Mr P Fish
Head of ICT and Business
Mr D Maguire
Assistant V P
Ms I Sahin
I/C Key Stage 3 ICT
Mr V Patel
Teacher of ICT and Business
Mrs C Sherriff
HLTA / Technician