ICT

Intent:

‘ICT has a significant presence in most aspects of modern life. It has increased the opportunities for many people, especially those with SEND. Therefore, for a curriculum to truly be ‘reflective of the community that our pupils live in, and responsive to the changing priorities both nationally and internationally’ then ICT has to play a big part of that’. (Tinio 2020)

ICT at Fosse Way school involves delivery of a high-quality computing education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world. ​ ​The core of computing includes development of skills and principles within the digital world. This builds from basic computer literacy to using complex programmes. 

Our pupils are taught the principles of information and computation as well as being safe and appropriate online. ​ ​E-Safety is a thread throughout all Key Stages and Pathways and incorporates all current, relevant guidance. We take care to ensure that all our young people aspire to be good digital citizens and are aware of their digital presence in the school and wider community.

Implementation:

The ICT curriculum across the school engages our young people in the digital world and provides the opportunity to explore ways in which computing can enhance their lifelong learning. 

E-Safety is a thread throughout all Key Stages, pathways and subjects it is reinforced by current, relevant guidance. 

The curriculum is guided through experiences and constant overlearning, emphasising digital vocabulary, use of appropriate technology and developing fluency within different computing systems. 

We develop pupils’ understanding of computing and technology through core lessons and appropriate qualifications. 

Employment skills and preparation for life is reflected in our curriculum pathways.  Each pathway builds skills that will eventually prepare young people for digital qualifications, work and life. 

Each Key Stage is adapted and implemented appropriately into Fosse Way’s pathways  (see outline below) which leads right through to access academic qualification’s such as- WJEC Entry Pathways for IT users qualification, Entry Level digital media and other IT Functional Skills awards. 

Impact:

All pupils will have developed skills to be able to help them navigate the online digital world and will have an awareness of different aspects of everyday life that is supported by ICT. They will aspire to be good digital citizens, keeping themselves safe online. 

When pupils complete the ICT qualification, they will feel equipped in a variety of different ICT skills and systems, leading to  a greater understanding of what is required for different technology roles. They will also have developed skills using ICT to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their learning. 

Some Fosse Way young people gain accredited qualifications in Computing which provides them with insight and opportunities to study further or seek employment in this sector.