Connecting the Learning Society

As an ICT using college  we've always taught students lots of really useful skills that are crucial in the 21st century where almost every part of our lives has technology at its core.

We teach students to design and create websites, produce animations, edit and manipulate images, manage data, perform calculations and create charts and graphs. We've also taught students how to use the internet effectively, how to stay safe, communicate and share information.

More and more students are becoming interested in not just how to use computers, but how they actually work. They want to know how one computer connects to another computer on the other side of the world.

Rather than just using computer programs – some of our students want to design and create their own programs, and not just for desktop computers or laptops, but for their tablets and smartphones as well.

Our Computing curriculum is broken down into three sections: Information Technology, Computer science and Digital Literacy.

Computer Science focuses on how computers work. The discipline of Computer Science allows students to develop computational thinking skills by using sequences of instructions to break down complex problems into logical steps. In addition this field of Computing focuses on how data is processed, transmitted and represented, both within a computer system and across computer networks (such as the Internet). Computer programming also features heavily within the discipline of Computer Science but this should be seen as a practical element to support the teaching of Computer Science principles – essentially it’s the ‘lab work’ of Computer Science.

Information Technology is primarily concerned with using a range of computer software packages (such as office productivity software, web design software, graphics software, audio and video editing software and internet browsers) to develop effective solutions to problems. In addition, students look at the impact of technology on the way that people live, work and communicate. 

The term Digital Literacy is used to identify basic computer skills as well as an understanding of e-safety and being a good "digital citizen". Digital Literacy is a topic which will be addressed throughout the Curriculum, but should also be covered through whole-school computer use.