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ICT

Head of Department 

  • Miss C McBride

BA(Hons), PGCE

Subject Teachers 

  • Mr C Lowe (Assistant Head of Year 14)

BA(Hons), QTS, HND

  • Mrs R McConnell

MEng, PGCE

  • Mr J Reaney (SIMS & C2k Co-ordinator)

BSc, PGCE, PGDip, MSc(Dist)

  • Mrs C White (Head of Year 12)

B.Ed(Hons)

Technicians

  • Mr P Pearson

Introduction and Ethos 

At Ashfield Boys’ High School we use ICT to enhance and add a new dimension to the learning process. ICT is increasingly becoming part of our daily lives, in the way that radio and television did fifty years ago. This is amply illustrated by the use of mobile communications, games consoles, digital cameras and other technologies in the home, school and workplace.

ICT plays a significant role in education at Ashfield Boys’ High School. It can act as a major catalyst in transforming education, stand alone as a discrete subject and support other subjects as a cross-curricular theme.

Pupils at Ashfield Boys’ High School have the confidence and competence in the use of ICT to enhance all aspects of their learning experience. Teachers are competent in the use of ICT so that they are able to use it in all aspects of their daily work.

The dynamic and cutting edge world of creative interactive digital media is fast-moving. It requires teachers who are up-to-date with new technologies and who can respond quickly to change, growth and innovation. These teachers are skilled in new multimedia technologies such as Graphics, Web Design, Digital Video Editing and Multimedia Authoring. The formation of a new Digital Media Department will endeavour to follow a vocational path for its students preparing them to work as web designers, graphic artists, multimedia producers, animators, sound designers and storyboarders.

Developments in ICT education run parallel with increasing investment in computer hardware, software and communication equipment all of which is similar to equipment used in industry, commercial and further/higher education.

Our stated whole school aim is to ensure that all pupils leave with at least one ICT related qualification and our innovative department’s growth continues with the introduction and development of various pioneering ICT/Digital Media courses.

The dramatic growth in the need for ICT is being taken seriously by our senior management team and the school’s vision for ICT is driven by the potential to improve teaching, learning and achievement.  Research evidence shows that ICT can stimulate, motivate and spark pupils’ appetites for learning and helps to create a culture of success.

As digital media now plays an increasingly important part in our everyday lives and in the world of work it is vital to ensure these ‘screenagers’ are going to be active participants, not just passive recipients. At ABHS we feel confident that the ICT team is capable of delivering a relevant, practical and wide-ranging subject in these ever changing times. By pursuing this vision, we are creating an e-confident school.

Key Stage 3 Overview

At Key Stage 3 the ICT curriculum is mainly skills based giving the pupils the necessary proficiency in using the core digital applications needed for them to progress such as digital image manipulation and digital video editing. This course uses e-assessment where the pupil’s skills are assessed using online based examinations. Each year group also study a ‘mini-module’ on eSafety.

Year 8;

  • E-safety
  • Using the internet
  • Spreadsheets
  • BIOS
  • Smart Art – Google Sketchup
  • Podcasting

Year 9;

  • E-safety
  • Multimedia Project – PowerPoint
  • Digital Graphics
  • Game Design – Scratch
  • Information, reliability and BIAS
  • Database Project

Year 10;

  • E-safety
  • Magazine Project
  • Web Graphics
  • Web Design
  • Animation Project
  • Online Services

Key Stage 4 Overview

Title:
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Information & Creative Technology

What will you learn?
Over the course of two years, boys will complete the following units of work:

  • Unit 1 – The Online World (Compulsory / External Exam)
  • Unit 13 – Website Development (Optional / Internal Assessment)
  • Unit 3 – A Digital Portfolio (Compulsory / Internal Assessment)

What skills will you develop?

Pupils will gain a variety of knowledge, skills and understanding by completing this level 2 course: to include online services, how the internet works, web development, and many more….

Where this course takes you?

This level 2 qualification provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for pupils to progress to:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT
  • Employment in information technology and/or areas within the creative industries, such as computer animation and web design

Key Stage 5 Overview

Title:
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT

What will you learn?
Over the course of two years, the boys will complete the following units of work:

Year 13:

Unit 1 – Communication & Employability Skills in IT

Unit 2 – Computer Systems

Unit 8 – e-Commerce

Year 14:

Unit 22 – Developing Computer Games

Unit 28 – Website Production

Unit 30 – Digital Graphics

All of the above units are internally assessed through the use of assignments and is the equivalent of one GCE A Level.

What skills will you develop?

Pupils will gain a variety of knowledge, skills and understanding by completing this level 3 course: to include hardware and software in a computer system, designing digital graphics, the development stage of websites and databases and key skills for employment within the IT industry.

Where this course takes you?

This level 3 qualification provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for pupils to progress to:

  • Higher National Diploma in Computing / Software Development
  • Foundation degree in an ICT/Computing related course
  • University degree in an ICT/Computing related course
  • Employment in the information technology industry

Career Pathways

  • Web developer
  • Graphic designer
  • Game designer
  • Programming
  • IT development
  • Technical support
  • App designer

Useful links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://www.reviseict.co.uk/

http://www.teach-ict.com/gcsehome.html