ICT IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
At LICS, we see Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as an area of undeniable importance, both as a tool for teaching and as learning opportunity for our pupils. The secondary school campus has Wi-Fi access, which is available to staff and senior students. Teaching rooms are equipped with projectors, e-beams or smart boards which give teachers the opportunity to use technology to improve the learning that happens on a daily basis. The secondary school is implementing Google Classroom as a means for interacting with students online and encouraging them to work collaboratively in a rapidly developing technological landscape.
Within the teaching curriculum, all students are taught ICT at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and it is a popular subject choice at both IGCSE and A Level. At all stages ICT education encompasses both theoretical and practical concepts, with students being encouraged to apply the skills they learn to a wide range of situations. In today’s world, computer literacy is essential and our curriculum has adapted to reflect this.
For Information and Communications Technology in Year 7, students explore the impact of ICT by discussing the Internet, safety, moral issues and security issues. They are also introduced to presentations, working with text and graphics, spreadsheet modelling and databases. Students are encouraged to use the Internet to enhance their learning experience in other subjects by conducting research for projects.
YEARS 8 and 9
In Years 8 and 9, students study the theoretical aspect of ICT, where they collate information from the Internet on different aspects of ICT and how it is used. This is then presented in different forms and formats using various application programs as well as how to control things using control programs.
YEARS 10 and 11
In Year 10 students begin the Cambridge IGCSE course which runs until the end of Year 11. At the completion of the course, students will be able to use a computer at advanced levels. Recently, there has been a significant policy shift in the UK from teaching ICT to teaching Computer Science. This has been due to the perceived need for students to be innovative and creative in their own right; for example, by writing gaming programs with commercial viability. Detailed guidelines on how schools accredited to Cambridge International Examinations will implement this are being regularly publicized and followed closely.
YEARS 12 AND 13
Within the sixth form ICT remains a popular subject choice, with many students opting to study Applied ICT in Years 12 and 13. In this course students develop a broad range of ICT skills and are taught about new and emerging technologies. They study the parts, uses and applications of ICT systems within a range of organisations, including the use of basic computer networks, and look at how ICT systems affect society in general. Importantly students also apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT in workplace situations, providing them with the skills all employers are looking for.