To develop, maintain and stimulate an interest and enjoyment in the use of ICT software and equipment;
To develop students with appropriate ICT skills, principles, methods and terminology and the ability to communicate and interpret information and concepts relevant to computing;
To assess and monitor student’s progress and ensure progression and continuity in the acquisition of ICT skills;
To enable all pupils to have equal access to ICT and experience success in their work;
To use ICT to improve the learning experiences of all students, especially those with learning difficulties or disabilities;To use ICT to enhance, enrich and extend learning;To encourage and allow students to adapt to the rapid technological changes in society;To develop an awareness of social, economic and political consequences of the use of ICT for individuals and society;To support all staff in their need to develop skills, confidence and strategies in using ICT within their teaching;To recognise that training for staff is vital if pupils are to progress in ICT capability.
Mulberry School at present has excellent ICT provision. We have established a comprehensive Local Area Network infrastructure throughout the school with the new building programme, which was completed in September 2004.
There are six ICT rooms fully equipped with computers: Rooms T21, T22, T23, DT14 (D&T), DT06 (D&T) and MU6 (Music)
Every faculty has two networked ICT suites. In addition each faculty office has at least two networked computers exclusively for staff use.
All Year 7 and 9 tutor groups have one lesson a week in the ICT rooms. Students are first introduced to the school computer network and the Health and Safety procedures including e-safety in ICT rooms. All students are given unique user accounts to log on to the network.
We closely follow QCA ICT KS3 Schemes of work and KS3 National Strategy Framework for teaching ICT capability.
Edexcel GCSE ICT is a modern specification that recognises the essential nature of the subject. Students experience a range of practical activities from which a body of skills and knowledge will develop. The learning context of this specification is based upon the four Strands of Progression as defined in the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study.
The specification has been developed to enable students who have a knowledge and understanding of, and skills in applying, ICT as part of the National Curriculum to continue their studies at a higher level.
It is designed to develop:
Problem-solving skills through the practical application of ICT.
The ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgements about the use of ICT systems.
Interpersonal skills necessary for communicating with others.
An understanding of the nature of information, its structure, application and implications of its use.
An awareness of the role of Information Technology in the management, manipulation and dissemination of information.
A broad and balanced view of the range of applications and information systems, an understanding of the capabilities and limitations, and the implications for their use.
An understanding of the role of people, technology and systems in organisations.
An awareness of the economic, social and ethical implications of the use of Information Technology systems.
The building provides a superb standard of accommodation and facilities for all areas of the school, supported by integrated ICT teaching and administration resources. Every pupil has a lap-top computer for her use in school and there is a full wireless network. Families without access to the internet and digital technology at home have been provided with this and so the ‘digital divide’ does not exist at Mulberry.
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