ICT Department

What is ICT?
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is concerned with the storage, processing, presentation and communication of information by electronic means. Computers are the most obvious of these but ICT also includes telephones, programmable robots, tape recorders, calculators and video cameras. It also includes the measurement, modelling and control of external events. ICT continues to evolve very quickly and has now become firmly entrenched in many aspects of everyday life, both at home and in the workplace.
As ICT underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all students gain the confidence and ability, that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of ICT will also enhance and extend students’ learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
 
The Nature of ICT
Information and communication technology (ICT) contributes to the school curriculum by preparing all young people to participate in a rapidly changing society in which work and other forms of activity are increasingly dependent on ICT. The subject develops students’ information skills, including the ability to use information sources and ICT tools to help them find, explore, develop, analyse, exchange and present information and to support their problem solving, investigative and expressive work. An essential part of ICT capability is being discriminating about information and the ways in which it may be used, and making informed judgements about when and how to apply aspects of ICT to achieve maximum benefit. Students also develop an understanding of the implications of ICT for working life and society. The use of ICT significantly enhances teaching and learning in other subjects by enabling rapid access to knowledge, information and experiences from a wide range of sources. The use of ICT throughout the curriculum encourages critical thinking, imagination and creativity, problem solving, initiative and independence, teamwork and reflection.
In a nutshell, the purpose of ICT in the school curriculum is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to make effective use of ICT.
 
Professional Team
Our department is current staffed with proven professionals with a track record of outstanding IT delivery. The team are all confident to teach through the full range of abilities and year groups. The team are experts in the ever changing environment of global technology and communication. We are very strong and determined to transfer IT skills to our students, maximising a high level of achievement at GCSE level.

Mr Lucky Ogoo – Head of ICT (BSc, MA)
He is an IT professional with over 15 years teaching experience. He teaches year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
 
Ms Joanna Thomas – Teacher (BA (Hons)). She teaches year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
 
AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT
To ensure that all students gain a broad understanding of Information technology challenges in a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
 
To enhance students’ understanding of the economic and business environment of our society with their individual needs abilities and aspirations.
 
To enhance students’ ability to co-operate with each other and to value others’ opinions;
 
To stimulate, develop and maintain students' interest in and enjoyment of ICT;
To foster the development of students' ICT capabilities;
 
To enable students to have equal access to ICT;
 
Progression in ICT can be recognised by:
 
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The curriculum is linked to National Curriculum Strategy with end of unit assessment. Students are able to annotate and evaluate their work and critically analyse individual work and that of their peers.
Year 7
Year 7 academic year curriculum is based on the followings:
·         File Management and introduction to the school network.
·         E-Safety Project – Moviemaker - Safety online –frames, scene, timeline, capture, edit, publish movie.
·         Graphics – Photoshop – working with images, change colours, edit images
·         Exchanging and sharing information
·         Spreadsheet Models – Rules and Investigations
·         Processing Text and Images
·         Data –Designing structure, capturing and presentation data
·         Game Generation
 
Year 8
·         File Management
·         Email and Internet
·         Business Spreadsheet
·         Business Database
·         Data use and misuse
·         Animation
·         Publishing on the web
 
Year 9
·         File Management
·         Email and Internet
·         Business Spreadsheet
·         Business Database
·         Business Documents
·         Presentation
·         Animation
·         Website design
 
Key Stage 4 (year 10 & 11) Curriculum
·         Business Presentation
·         Creating animation for www using ICT
·         Web page Creation
·         Input, output, software and hardware
6th Form (year 12 & 13) Curriculum
The ICT Team has developed different materials for “A” level courses and we intend to assess students’ ability in ICT by the use of assignment, test and mock examinations.
·         Digital business communication
·         Collaborative working
·         Problem solving
·         Creating a digital showcase
·         Advanced spreadsheets
·         Advanced databases
·         Desk top publishing
·         Career planning for ICT
·         Work experience in ICT
 
TEACHING AND LEARNING STYLES
Approaches to the teaching of ICT are related to the topic itself and to the abilities and experiences of both teachers and students. Having said this, the sharing of ideas is encouraged in the hope that examples of good practice may be adopted by all members of the department. Alternative methodology and supplementary ideas are welcomed and submitted into all our schemes of work, which are seen as working documents which all staff can add ideas to at any time.
All members of the department include within their lessons opportunities for:
 
HOMEWORK POLICY
The department sees homework as an integral part of ICT and supports the whole school policy.
Homework is set every week to all students at Key stage 3 (year 7, 8 & 9).
Homework is set twice weekly to all students in KS4 and 6th form.
This is the minimum required and in reality many students do more than this.
Students are expected to do extra work after each lesson if they have fallen behind.
We try to make instructions clear and easy to follow and wherever possible students are given a printed sheet, which includes the instruction. Each student is expected to write brief instructions in their “homework planner” including when their work is due in.
Students who are experiencing difficulties with their homework are encouraged to attend the ICT club.
Homework is marked regularly (approximately once per week) and within a reasonable time to give meaningful feedback to the student.
Parents are informed by letter if a student consistently fails to do or hand in homework.
A department detention is given if a student consistently fails to do or hand in homework.
 
TYPE OF HOMEWORK
Consolidation and practice exercises, which will usually be on printed sheets, which include the instructions;
A variety of activities designed to improve Students understanding of skills and knowledge;
Research tasks, which require Students to find information or collect data;
Investigation or problem solving tasks;
Revision of work covered prior to a unit test or examination.
 
Achievement
Information and communications technology (ICT) makes a massive addition in value to the teaching and learning of students and young people in our society. When used well and employed effectively, ICT has a huge impact on students' performance. This needs to be recognised and widely understood.
ICT empowers learners to become effective and independent and also helps with self-esteem, arising from a variety of factors, including better presentation of work, better attainment levels, and being able to see ones self moving through the attainment process in a way which is encouraging and positive. ICT increases the responsibility of learners themselves, thereby giving them greater control over their work, which in turn brings greater self-discipline and self-confidence. These are all really powerful tools, which the ICT professional team celebrate and develop.
Over the years the ICT department has continued to command an ‘achievement of community of learners’ with high GCSE’s and ‘A’ level results. We believe that ICT has played a key role in developing study skills through greater motivation, sustained concentration, and the development of thinking skills.