We strongly believe that Information Communication Technology and the teaching of Computing is crucial in the successful delivery of contemporary education.
At Gad’s we aim to develop our students’ ability to select and use ICT appropriately and effectively for achieving their specific goals.
We aim to enhance their creativity, research and problem solving skills and their ability to communicate effectively using a variety of different media.
We aim to equip them with the ICT skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training.
We aim to help our young people to become:
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
- Responsible citizens
- Effective contributors
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 course combines elements of both the ICT curriculum and the new Computing Curriculum. ICT is the study of all the technologies used to collect and process information and to communicate with one another. It generally refers to electronic devices although it would be true to say that the pen is one of the most important examples of ICT ever.
Computing is more technical, with less emphasis on business and more emphasis on the actual design and programming of IT systems. Computing involves a lot of maths, and unlike ICT, students are expected to learn how to use a number of programming languages. Topics include things such as Networking, Hardware and Operating Systems.
Key Stage 4
Currently Gad’s delivers the Edexcel GCSE in ICT at Key Stage 4. The course is made up of two units.
In the first unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. This is an examined unit and is worth 40% of the GCSE.
Unit 2 is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1. This unit is assessed through a controlled assessment project of approximately 40 hours duration and is worth 60% of the GCSE.