Our curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum for Computing from September 2014. It covers Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computing. We aim to enable students to become digitally literate and to be able to use IT productively to solve tasks outside of school. It also prepares students for the options choices in KS4 where pupils can choose to study GCSE computing or to complete a vocational IT qualification.
Our schemes of work and lesson materials are made available to the pupils using the schools Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) www.bhs-vle.net . This allows pupils 24 hour access to the information and activities used in lessons, the opportunity to discuss topics with their peers, contact their teachers and hand in work. All ICT classes are taught in mixed ability classes and with one to one access to computers in lessons.
We encourage students to make use of their school email accounts, the linked on-line storage provided by OneDrive that allows them access to their files from any internet connected device the VLE and the ingots website outside of school hours. These videos explain how pupils can get free access to Microsoft office programs to install at home and how to make use of OneDrive.
In key stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) pupils complete a number of units that are assessed using the frameworks for the TLM Level 1 Certificate in Open Systems Computing. This course was specifically created to meet and assess the requirements of the new Key Stage 3 national Curriculum. There are 2 parts to the assessment, firstly there are baseline assessments that are used twice each year to help us to assess pupils progress through the theory aspects of the course and to predict outcomes in the optional final exam. The second part of the assessment is tracking pupils progress through the coursework using vocational standards, each unit has a list of criteria and pupils must submit work against each criteria that meets or exceeds the required standard. We report the progress through these criteria as a percentage however progress will not be linear as different topics that we teach last for different lengths of time and match up to different numbers of criteria.
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If pupils are not making expected progress through the practical elements of the course tracking data and feedback can be accessed from the ingots website using the pupils log in details. Pupils may be able to make improvements directly in to the evidence that they have uploaded, or they maybe able to download work from their existing evidence to improve and resubmit or they may have to transfer files from their school accounts to one drive so that they can access them outside of school hours. If they are unsure of what needs to be done please contact us or ask them to attend one of the lunchtime sessions that we run where they will be able to ask for further guidance from their teachers.
These videos show how pupils can access feedback from their teachers, make improvements to work and use the options in the tracker to check on their overall progress.
In the compulsory IT lessons pupils are following the TLM Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (ITQ), covering essential IT skills for business and preparing pupils for further IT qualifications for example A Level IT. The qualification is on the DFEE list of approved qualifications for 2018 and is the equivalent of 1 GCSE and pupils will receive a grade from A* to C. Pupils who are unsuccessful at this level will be able to take the level 1 assessment which also attracts points at a lower level.The minimum requirements for the qualification are for pupils to achieve 17 credits which must include Gold Unit 1 Improving productivity using IT and the IT security for Users unit at either Silver or Gold standard. The remaining credits can be made up from any of the eligible units one of which may recognise achievement outside of the scope of the IT units. Many students will be able to complete extra units in class or by using scenarios and assessment tasks from our virtual learning environment http://bhs-vle.net to guide them through the units available. Available units.
In Key stage 4 pupils may choose either ITQ Level 2 focusing on creative units and extension towards level 3 or the GCSE Computing qualification which is one of the Ebac subjects. Further Details