The school’s aims are to:
- 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.
At present each class has access to a computer suite containing 30 computers for one hour a week. Staff also run after school and lunch time clubs based around the computing curriculum. Each class has access to 6 I-pads which are used daily to support all areas of the curriculum. All computers in the schools are networked and have internet access. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard installed. Lessons are delivered through interactive whiteboards which the children have access to. The school has Bee Bots and subscriptions to various programmes, including Scratch, to support computer coding.
Staff follow medium term plans which include objectives set out in The National Curriculum. These objectives are delivered through all areas of the curriculum including teaching through topic. Staff plan an engaging, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for the children which aims to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use computing throughout their later life.
Key objectives to be assessed are taken from The National Curriculum to assess key ICT and computing skills each term. Assessments are kept in the children’s personalised learning journey files and showcase objectives they have achieved and objectives they are yet to achieve. The assessments demonstrate the expected level of achievements in ICT and computing for each age group in the school. Staff follow a process-orientated technique of assessment. This reviews the way that techniques and skills are applied purposefully by pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of ICT and computing.
The monitoring of the standards of the children’s work and the quality of teaching in ICT is the responsibility of the Computing sucject leader and the senior leadership team. 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 technician /coordinator will be responsible for regularly updating anti-virus software.
Use of ICT and computing will be in line with the school’s ‘ E-safety policy’. All staff must sign a copy of the schools policy annually.
All pupils and parents will be aware of the school rules for responsible use of ICT and computing and the internet and will understand the consequence of any misuse.
The agreed rules for safe and responsible use of ICT and computing and the internet will be displayed in all ICT and computing areas.
The rules of e-safety are displayed where any child can access the internet. If a child breaks these rules, they will be denied internet access for a period of time after which the situation will be reviewed.
All staff, including managerial and administrative staff, receives support from the subject leader or technicians and, where necessary, external training in hardware or software which they are expected to use to carry out their role.
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.
It is the responsibility of all staff to make themselves aware of legislation relating to the use of ICT and computing, including copyright and data protection issues.
The school employs an ICT Technicians whose specific roles relate to the provision of support in ICT. This support takes a variety of forms, including:
dealing with technical queries relating to software and hardware;
carrying out rudimentary and routine maintenance and repairs of hardware
purchasing and updating equipment
supporting teachers in the use of ICT in other curriculum areas;
supporting admin staff with the use of ICT within their roles
At Park Hall Academy we teach ICT and computing to all children, whatever their ability, age, gender or race. ICT and computing forms part of our school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education for all children.
Teachers identify children who are gifted and talented in the area of ICT and computing. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that these children are suitably challenged in their use of ICT and computing both in specific ICT and computing lessons and in using ICT in other curriculum areas. Opportunities are identified for these children to actively participate in more challenging aspects of ICT and computing.