The use of ICT in schools has moved on significantly over time, the rate of change increasing year on year. We now see ICT as a tool to help school leaders manage their schools more effectively and efficiently. Access to the internet enables teachers to identify resources, plan lessons which can be delivered in class or remotely via the internet. Pupils are able to carry technology with them and make decisions about what to use and when to use it. Technology has brought about a profound transformation in education and ICT should help pupils gain the skills they will need in everyday modern life, access to a device has become critical.
It is also important that we keep pupils e-safe and give them the knowledge, skills and understanding they need so they are able to do the same when they are away from school.
ICT is a compulsory subject, taught at every key stage and used increasingly to enhance the teaching of other statutory subjects across the curriculum. Currently pupils should be given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability through the use of ICT tools to support their learning in most subjects. At Key Stage 1, it is statutory to teach the use of ICT in English, mathematics and science. Teachers should use their own judgement to decide where it is appropriate across these subjects. At other key stages, there are statutory requirements to use ICT in all statutory subjects, except PE, although ICT is successfully used by many PE departments across the Borough.
The current National Curriculum requires that pupils should be given opportunities to support their work by being taught to:
find things out from a variety of sources, selecting and synthesising the information to meet their needs and developing an ability to question its accuracy, bias and plausibility
develop their ideas using ICT tools to amend and refine their work and enhance its quality and accuracy
exchange and share information, both directly and through electronic media
review, modify and evaluate their work, reflecting critically on its quality, as it progresses.
By the time students leave school they will have used computers throughout their schooling in a wide range of contexts. The majority of students will have reached a standard equivalent to GCSE and should be prepared for the technological world of work they are moving into.