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Aims and Objectives
Possess suitable hardware and software to teach ICT effectively.
Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils.
Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for ICT and computing.
Use ICT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
To equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.
To enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and computing.
To develop the understanding of how to use ICT and computing safely and responsibly.
Can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
As the school develops its resources and expertise to deliver the ICT and computing curriculum, modules will be planned in line with the national curriculum and will allow for clear progression. Modules will be designed to enable pupils to achieve stated objectives. Staff will follow medium term plans with objectives set out in the national curriculum.
Monitoring & Review
The monitoring of the standards of the children’s work and of the quality of teaching in ICT and computing is the responsibility of the ICT and computing subject leader. The ICT and computing subject leader is also responsible for supporting colleagues in the teaching of ICT and computing, for keeping informed about current developments in the subject and for providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school. The ICT and computing subject leader gives the head teacher an annual summary report in which s/he evaluates the strengths and weaknesses in the subject and indicates areas for further improvement. The ICT and computing subject leader has specially-allocated time for carrying out the vital task of reviewing samples of the children’s work and for visiting classes to observe the teaching of ICT and computing.
Teachers regularly assess capability through observations and looking at completed work. Key objectives to be assessed are taken from the national curriculum to assess key ICT and computing skills each term. It should be process orientated - reviewing the way that techniques and skills are applied purposefully by pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of ICT and computing. Assessment can be formative carried out during and following short focused tasks and activities. Summative assessment should review pupils' capability and provide a best fit level.
Roles & Responsibilities
Health & Safety
The school is aware of the health and safety issues involved in children’s use of ICT and computing. An electrical inspection is carried out in school every five years by Quantec on behalf of Staffordshire County Council. Portable electrical equipment in school is tested by the site manager every twelve months. It is advised that staff should not bring their own electrical equipment in to school but if this is necessary, then the equipment must be PAT tested before being used in school. This also applies to any equipment brought in to school by, for example, people running workshops, activities, etc. and it is the responsibility of the member of staff organising the workshop, etc. to advise those people. All staff should visually check electrical equipment before they use it and take any damaged equipment out of use. Damaged equipment should then be reported to the ICT technicians.
children should not put plug into sockets or switch the sockets on.
trailing leads should be made safe behind the equipment
liquids must not be taken near the computers
safety guidelines in relation to IWBs will be displayed in the classrooms
e-safety guidelines will be set out in the e-safety policy & AUP
Parents are encouraged to support the implementation of ICT and computing where possible by encouraging use of ICT and computing skills at home during home-learning tasks and through the school website. They will be made aware of e-safety and encouraged to promote this at home.
Leader for ICT and Computing
The subject leader is responsible for providing professional leadership and management of computing within the school. They will monitor standards to ensure high quality teaching, effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement. This will include observation of lessons and scrutiny of the pupils' work. They will collect, analyse and distribute, where applicable, information relating to the subject to the relevant people.
It is the responsibility of each class teacher to ensure that their class is taught all elements of the ICT curriculum as set out in the national curriculum programme of study.